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. In addition to classroom workshops, educators take part in a variety of school activities, from tabling at football games to facilitating reading groups and conducting special awareness campaigns for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month in February.
Educators also work with staff or faculty that interact with youth, including teachers, guidance counselors, and caseworkers. They can conduct trainings, provide materials, and make referrals as needed.
They also serve as youth advocates and are available to meet one-on-one with youth who feel unsafe in their relationships.
See the following links for the types of programming we offer within each grade range:
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. Groups are led by a Safe Voices educator and youth co-facilitators. All participating students take part in deciding meeting agendas and creating activities.
Advocacy Beyond the School System
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.