Gender Stereotypes: This program explores commonly held stereotypes about men and women and how these stereotypes can both limit individuals and contribute to interpersonal violence. Where do these stereotypes come from and why is it important to know? We will discuss ways of encouraging respect and equality in the school and work environment.
Media Literacy: This program focuses on understanding how the images we experience through media influence our lives – from our self-image to our relationships with others. We take a critical look at our favorite magazines, TV shows, musicians, and movie stars and talk about how those media portrayals might negatively influence our attitudes and beliefs about the world in which we live and how we treat each other. We also discuss positive media messages, because they do exist!
Technology Safety: This presentation focuses on keeping safe in a technologically advanced (and saturated!) world. Students will learn how to protect themselves and their personal information and why it’s important to do so. Beyond preventative strategies, students will learn how to respond when being cyber-harassed or cyberbullied. Students will learn why it’s important to report the behavior to a trusted adult and the internet service provider if necessary. Technology changes constantly and we must be sure to keep up with it!
Sexual Harassment: The line between flirting and sexual harassment can be cloudy. This presentation clearly defines flirting versus sexual harassment. We will explore how societal attitudes affect our language and attitudes towards others, how to effectively establish personal boundaries, the importance of respecting other people’s boundaries, and tips for becoming an engaged or active bystander. We will also discuss how to effectively respond to sexual harassment including how to address the situation directly and why it’s important to tell a trusted adult.
Understanding Consent: This presentation explores common misconceptions and stereotypes about sexual violence and why they are harmful to both victims of sexual violence as well as society as a whole. We discuss the reality of sexual violence, which includes definitions and statistics, and how it differs from and overlaps with domestic violence. We discuss local resources and options for all people affected by sexual violence. We talk about how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted and how to help prevent sexual violence by being an active and engaged bystander. We end the presentation with a discussion of the meaning of the word “consent” and its importance in all sexual relationships.
LGBT Awareness; The Rainbow Connection: In this two-part presentation students will develop an understanding of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender alphabet soup. We explore the definitions of this nomenclature and why these words are used to humiliate, hurt and bully others. We consider why these particular words are used to hurt and shame, regardless if an individual identifies as LGBT. Because Transgender is not a sexual preference, we provide an understanding of the ways in which an individual may be Transgender. Lastly we know that people who identify as or are assumed to be LGBT are at a greater risk of homelessness, sexual violence and suicide. Thus, this training includes a discussion about how to be an active and engaged bystander including simple opportunities to help create a safe space for others.