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building a safer future
Since 2006 we have provided free comprehensive education on domestic and dating violence and healthy relationships throughout the Portland Metro area. Our school-based programming covers topics such as teen dating violence, warning signs of abuse, healthy relationships, media influence, gender roles, sexual assault, and consent.
Our curriculum is developed to meet the standards and benchmarks for sexual health education set by the Oregon Department of Education, and also to help schools achieve goals set by the Healthy Teen Relationships Act (HTRA). This requires all Oregon schools to adopt policies and programs addressing teen dating violence. We consistently update our curriculum based on evaluation from students and participants, as well as state guidelines and best practices.
how we’re creating lasting change
The Prevention Education Program’s vision is to “go deep” and empower students, teachers, and parents to change school culture, so everyone understands what healthy teen relationships look like and how to promote them.
Our curriculum is flexible, with customized presentations available. Please contact Julia, Prevention Education Coordinator, at (503) 243-5123 for more information.
Local school partners
During the 2017-18 school year we reached students at:
students at Cleveland, Franklin, and Lincoln High Schools received confidential advocacy last school year
youth participated in workshops last school year
of students surveyed better understand relationship power dynamics
Because few schools have the resources to train educators to teach a healthy 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.
This group of high school and college-aged volunteers help with classroom presentations and events, and meet monthly to debrief, receive training on topics like reframing difficult questions, and plan upcoming projects. Most importantly, this program empowers teens to have a voice and support one another. Our Peer Educator team continues to grow and become more engaged.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact please contact Julia, Prevention Education Coordinator, at (503) 243-5123 for more information.
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 through the Healthy Teen Relationships Act Implementation Project. Healthy Relationship 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 100 students received confidential advocacy!
This pilot is unprecedented 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 and parents to create a school-wide culture that promotes safe and healthy relationships.
Great news–we’re expanding this program to three new schools in 2020! Click here to learn more!
Our Prevention Education team continues to find new and innovative ways to support both students and parents outside the classroom. Working with our partners at Volunteers of America (VOA) Home Free at Cleveland High School, we are providing supplemental workshops to students on topics surrounding dating culture, like navigating dating in a social media age. Also with VOA, we are providing a three-part series for parents focused on understanding and promoting consent culture.
In addition, we are offering a new workshop series for male-identified students that addresses toxic masculinity. This supplement to our school-based curriculum further explores gender roles and cultural messages around maleness, and promotes both respectful behavior and practicing healthy and equitable relationships. Our aim is to help prevent abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.
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.
“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