To schedule any of the programs listed below, please call our Outreach Office at 724-776-5910.
Child Assault Prevention (CAP)
The CAP program aims to prevent child assault by training children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. The classroom workshop combines guided group discussion and a series of role-plays focusing on situations children may frequently face; a child-to-child encounter (the bully); adult stranger-to-child encounter; and an encounter involving an adult the child knows. The discussion helps the children identify what options they have to protect themselves. The strategies focused upon are: self-assertion, peer support and telling a trusted adult.
This program was designed in response to the expanding interest in the Internet and the need for some simple guidelines for safety that will make traveling the information highway a more rewarding journey. The internet is easily used by children; in fact they may be teaching adults how to navigate websites, utilize e-mail, and use proper terminology. These children, so wise in the ways of the Internet, are still children that need the guidance of caring adults who will help them develop critical thinking skills and good judgment. The program also addresses exploitation on the Internet. Exploitation on the Internet appears in a variety of ways: transfer of explicit material; seduction through attention, affection, kindness and even gifts; explicit conversation once they’ve established a relationship; face to face contact; and even cyberstalking. Because the Internet is now available to nearly everyone through the school it is also the ideal place to offer this basic safety program.
Ideal Date Debate
The Ideal Date Debate is a highly interactive program dealing with gender expectations in dating relationships. The group is divided up by gender and asked to answer a series of question. The answers are posted for both groups to see, and then the fun begins. The students, with the help of a trained facilitator, are given the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and feelings regarding the presented answers. Through the discussion, the students begin to understand how important communication and respect is to a healthy, safe and fun dating relationship.
With teens today, the internet has become a major social outlet. With the rise of instant messaging and social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, teens on the internet are at a much greater risk of falling prey to online predators. The internet safety program is designed to inform students of how much information can be learned about them if they give out any personal information. The program also addresses ways of protecting their identity and staying safe when using social networking sites. The program will also raise awareness of how easily the students can be duped into believing they know who they are communicating with in the online environment. The internet can be a great resource and social outlet as long as it is done safely.
STEPS to Healthy Relationships
Students will learn the STEPS to a healthy relationship which includes Self-definition (a sense of who you are), Trust (listening to the voice inside of you), Equality (maintaining a balance of power and control), Personal Boundaries (understand comfortable and uncomfortable behaviors) and Support (developing a support network of trusted individuals). These STEPS can be used for all forms of relationships that a student may encounter: friends and family, peers and adults or boyfriends and girlfriends. The STEPS will help students explore who they are, what they want from their relationships and who to go to if they are having a problem. In the process, the students will look at issues of gender stereotypes and concepts of personal space. Finally, the students will create a resource to refer back to, to remind them of what they learned about themselves through the STEPS program.
Take a Walk in My Shoes
Through small group discussion and classroom presentations the students will explore the concept of empathy. Using different “real life” scenarios, students will use their empathy skills to identify a variety of emotions associated with the scenario. By identifying those emotions the students will learn how to apply the information to avoid or address conflict. The program can be modified and adapted to address any specific situations that may be occurring in the classroom. For example, if the classroom is having an issue with bullying or harassment the small group discussion can address that particular issue. Finally, the students will have an opportunity to think of their own experiences to see how the empathy of other can help improve their own situations.