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Free Workplace “See the Signs and Speak Out” Program

This program aims to educate employees on domestic violence and sexual violence through a free training program. This program will equip employees with strategies on how to intervene in the workplace when they see signs of someone experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, as well as strategies that will enable them to appropriately support those who are experiencing or have experienced these things.

 
FREE K-12 Prevention Programs

K-3rd Grade

  • Healthy Relationships & Bullying: Teaches children characteristics of healthy and unhealthy behaviors in various relationships; along with teasing and how to treat others. 
  • Handling Your Emotions: Helps children identify feelings and emotions. Healthy ways to handle anger will be discussed, with a few relaxation techniques done together as a group.
  • Body Ownership: Teaches children that they own their body and have the right to feel safe. It discusses appropriate touch and how to tell a caregiver or authority figure when they feel uncomfortable. 


4th-5th Grade

  • Personal Responsibility: Students will learn about taking responsibility for their actions and words and recognizing the impact that their words and actions have on their lives, their future, and others.
  • Developing Empathy: Helping students connect with and understand others better by seeing things through a different perspective of kindness and compassion, and used as an effective tool against bullying and violence. Pairs well with Handling Your Emotions.
  • Respecting Yourself and Others: A fun interactive program that discusses and celebrates differences among people. This program will discuss healthy relationships with others, as well as respecting yourself, using a self-esteem approach.
  • Handling Your Emotions: Helps children identify feelings and emotions. Healthy ways to handle anger will be discussed, with a few relaxation techniques done together as a group. Pairs well with Developing Empathy.
  • Media Safety 101: Technology is a big part of our lives and students will learn that they need to be careful with how they use technology. Students will learn about the dangers of giving out personal information, talking to strangers online, social media, and cyberbullying. Students will also learn what to do if they encounter an uncomfortable situation.

 



 

 



6th-8th Grade

  • Personal Responsibility: Students will learn about taking responsibility for their actions and words and recognizing the impact that their words and actions have on their lives, their future, and others.
  • Developing Empathy: Helping students connect with and understand others better by seeing things through a different perspective of kindness and compassion, and used as an effective tool against bullying and violence.
  • Safe Dates (Grades 7-12): This highly effective multi-session program (ranging from 4-10 fifty minute sessions) addresses attitudes and behaviors associated with dating violence. Some topics include defining caring relationships and dating abuse, how to help friends, how to deal with anger, communication and much more! For more information on this curriculum and details on the different sessions go to www.hazelden.org/web/public/safedatesproduct.page 
  • Media Safety 201: An in-depth look at the dangers of posting information online and the use of apps and social media. Students will learn how to protect their information, what appropriate online behavior is, and who they can talk to if they find themselves in a dangerous situation. 
  • Healthy Relationships: This interactive session addresses the significance of developing positive relationships with peers, as well as dating relationships through examining healthy characteristics in relationships and how our culture influences our ideas. 
  • Bystander Intervention: This program will help students learn how to recognize inappropriate behaviors and how to intervene safely through different scenarios. The goal of this program is to teach students that they can take an active role in preventing harmful things from happening. 


 



 

 





9th-12th Grade

  • Safe Dates (Grades 7-12): This highly effective multi-session program (ranging from 4-10 50 minute sessions) addresses attitudes and behaviors associated with dating violence. Some topics include defining caring relationships and dating abuse, how to help friends, how to deal with anger, communication and much more! For more information on this curriculum and details on the different sessions go to www.hazelden.org/web/public/safedatesproduct.page
  • Bystander Intervention - Dating Violence: Provides an in-depth look at abusive relationships. We discuss recognizing red flags and how we can intervene safely to help others, using a bystander approach. 
  • Bystander Intervention - Sexual Assault: Students will learn about what sexual assault is, a new perspective on consent, and how to intervene safety to prevent harmful things from happening to others, using the bystander approach. 
  • Rethinking Media - Women: The primary goals of the Miss Representation curriculum are to raise awareness of gender portrayals in the media, how that has an impact on our lives, and how to truly evaluate the things we see in the media and to form healthy attitudes about men and women. Facilitated with both males and females together and in conjunction with Rethinking Media – Men. 
  • Rethinking Media - Men: Students will learn about how to define masculinity and how gender is represented in our culture and its influences on the norms in which we live. The goal of this program is to help students learn healthy self-concepts through the positive representation of boys and men. Facilitated with both males and females together and in conjunction with Rethinking Media – Women. 


              



 







 


What teachers have said about our Prevention Coordinator, Muriel Black:

 “Mrs. Black did a great job with the program. She presented the material in manner that related to our students and was very friendly. She was well prepared and the students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.”

 “The presenter was EXCELLENT and the kids loved her! She related with the kids on their level.”

 “I really appreciated that the speaker used the time from bell to bell. She was willing to answer specific questions from students and offered a wide range of activities to hit many different learning styles.”

“The students responded to the activities and the questions the presenter asked. She was open and safe for them to take a chance on an incorrect answer. The students liked the videos and that they were relevant to them.”

“The presentation was informative and the presenter developed a very good rapport with my classes.”


 

Other Offerings

Overview presentation of Open Arms and its services

Information table at schools (lunchtime, study halls, parent-teacher conferences, etc.)

Presentations to:

  • Students Clubs
  • Sports Teams/Coaches
  • Parent-Teacher Organizations
  • Teacher In-Service Days






What Middle School students had to say about the programs:

“Fun!”

“Very helpful!”

“Explained things well…”

“I learned a lot! This is a good program!”

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What High School students had to say about the programs:

“This speech really opened my eyes about abuse in relationships, and really gave me a solid, concrete definition of abuse. I realized that what may seem like a healthy relationship could actually be very abusive on the inside without anyone knowing about it. I would have expected that people being abused would want to end the relationship right away, but now I see that it may be more difficult than that. I really appreciated that speech, and I think that you should keep bringing her in for years to come in the class.”

“LOVED IT! Very helpful!”

“I liked the activity and the video. It helped me see what I would do if I was put in a situation like that.”

What Elementary School students had to say about the programs:

“I was happy when [the program] started and then I got amazed and then it was awesome!”

“I love learning about new things and having fun!”