Prevention Education programming in schools 2022

building a safer future

Since 2006 we have provided free comprehensive education on domestic and dating violence and equitable relationships throughout the Portland Metro area. Our school-based programming covers topics such as teen dating violence, warning signs of abuse, safe relationships, media influence, gender roles, sexual assault, and consent.

The Prevention Education Program’s vision is to “go deep” and empower students, teachers, and parents to change school culture, so everyone understands what equitable teen relationships look like and how to promote them.

Our curriculum is flexible, with customized presentations available. Please contact Julia, Prevention Education Manager, at (503) 243-5123 for more information.

Local school partners

We’ve reached students at:

  • Beaumont Middle School
  • Cedarwood Waldorf Middle School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Franklin High School
  • HB Lee Middle School
  • NW Academy
  • Open School North
  • Open School East
  • Renaissance School
  • Rosemary Anderson East High School
  • Wilson High School
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students at Cleveland, Franklin, and Lincoln High Schools received confidential advocacy last school year



youth participated in workshops last school year



of students surveyed reported increased knowledge on boundaries

classroom-based workshops

Prevention Education teamBecause few schools have the resources to train educators to teach an equitable relationship curriculum, our expert team works within classroom to provide students with critical information about available resources, building equitable relationships, and understanding and practicing consent.

On average, we spend 4-6 hours with each group of students, offering a series of workshops that reinforce learning and change.

The students we reach show dramatic improvement in their ability to identify the signs of domestic violence and go out into the world ready to live healthier, safer lives. Learn more about this innovative program.


confidential advocacy services in schools

One in three adolescents will experience some form of abuse. But many young people are afraid to ask for help because school staff are mandatory reporters. This can prevent teens from getting the help they need and deserve in the wake of domestic and sexual violence.

We believe that students deserve safe and nonjudgmental support, as well as confidentiality and control over the information they share. That’s why we’ve partnered with Volunteers of America Home Free, the Oregon Health-Based School Alliance, and Portland Public Schools to provide Confidential Advocacy at Cleveland and Franklin High Schools. Confidential Advocates work one-on-one with students to build trusting relationships and connect teens with resources, while maintaining their safety and confidentiality. Last school year, over 60 students received confidential advocacy!

This program is unique in the United States and is currently the only public school-approved program that provides confidential advocacy services to youth. We are honored to expand our Prevention Education services beyond the classroom, providing students with one-on-one support, and working with teachers, parents, and other community partners to create a school-wide culture that promotes safe and equitable relationships.


inclusion for all students

We work to ensure that all classroom and community presentations are inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, queer, and questioning youth who are at-risk for or have already experienced dating and sexual violence.


supporting student clubs

Our advocates are able to be there for students in a lot of different ways, including supervising student clubs. The Students Advocating for the End of Rape Club at XXX high school works to educate their peers about consent, and are even working on a zine to distribute to classmates. 


“If I’m ever in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, or if a friend is in one, I have the resources to identify it and get help.” – Student and recent workshop participant

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