Our prevention programming emphasizes working with youth because we know that this is the most effective way to stop violence before it starts. Young people are particularly susceptible to experiencing dating violence because they are still developing their sense of self and creating norms for their future relationships. We also recognize them as major change makers! Through our prevention programs and YWCA Clark County Prevention Advisory Board, we seek to empower youth as leaders in changing norms around violence in our relationships and communities.
If you are interested in any of our prevention programming, please call 360-696-0167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the program you are interested in listed in the subject line.
Where We Grow is a community-based domestic violence program designed especially for middle school-aged youth ages 11-14. Through a multi-session curriculum, participants build knowledge and skills that support healthy relationships. Exercises are hands-on and build on youth strengths in order to increase successful learning.
Students explore age-appropriate topics such as:
- Exploring values
- Respectful communication
- Healthy break-ups and boundaries
- Media impact on the culture of violence
Where We Grow is available in school and community settings. A Where We Grow group is also available for youth who have been affected by domestic violence/dating violence. Youth who complete Where We Grow will be eligible to join our YWCA Clark County Prevention Program Advisory Board.
Where We Live is a 4 week series of workshops for adults who want to learn skills to increase safety for children. This workshop is ideal for adults who work with children such as teachers, social workers, and health-care professionals. Individual parents, parent groups and church communities also find this curriculum valuable in order to keep children safe from abuse and exploitation. Every adult that has children in their lives can benefit from this program.
- Identifying behaviors and tactics of potential perpetrators
- Effective ways to address suspicious behaviors
- Tools for comfortably discussing safety and bodily integrity with children