Dating abuse is a common issue that is often overlooked among youth. However, nearly 1 in 4 high school students will experience some form of dating abuse before they graduate. Safe Voices’ educators are committed to providing prevention-based programming to youth in each county. They also act as youth advocates and are available to meet one-on-one with youth who feel unsafe in their relationships.
Connecting the Dots
Connecting the Dots is Safe Voices’ comprehensive school-based curriculum for grades pre-K-12. The program focuses on developing critical thinking skills to encourage healthy relationships. Each workshop includes age-appropriate activities and discussion guides that can be tailored to your classroom’s needs. All curricula include toolkits for teachers interested in additional resources and activities.
Hands Are Not For Hitting (grades pre-K—2): Making the connections between feelings and behavioral choices.
Looking Past Labels (grades 3-4): Examining what influences our choices.
Valuing Your Voice (grades 5-6): Questioning gender stereotypes and our self-concepts.
Rights in Relationships (grades 7-8): Recognizing the subtle differences between a healthy and unhealthy relationship.
Speaking Up, Speaking Out (grades 9-12): Identifying and responding to the issue of dating violence.
Teacher toolkits include: student handouts, classroom activities, safety plans, recommended reading lists, age-appropriate media resources, teacher resource guide, and youth activist opportunities.
Making healthy relationship choices requires a supportive environment that empowers youth. Safe Voices is always happy to provide trainings on how teachers and administrators can respond to dating abuse and support students.
Voices Committed to Change
Voices Committed to Change (VCC) is a peer education program for middle and high school students. Participants attend weekly group meetings, learn about dating abuse issues, and prepare to give presentations and conduct awareness-raising activities for their peers. All groups are typically led by a Safe Voices educator and youth co-facilitators. All participating students take part in deciding meeting agendas and creating activities.
In addition to school-based activities, educators facilitate workshops and groups with a variety of underserved and non-traditional youth. All of our activities can be adapted for use in group homes, youth shelters, and drop-in centers. These curricula are designed to address the special concerns of youth who may be homeless, parenting, have a mental health diagnosis, or otherwise lack traditional support systems.