Programs for Youth

All of Rape Victim Advocates programs are conducted by trained professionals. Each 45-minute session is developmentally appropriate, highly interactive, and tailored for your group. Our programs are evidence-informed and we work to include multiple learning styles and educational best practices.

Kindergarten “Roles & Body Rules” Program
(2 sessions)
By the completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of two of the main objectives of RVA’s youth program. First, they will understand and explore gender roles. Second, they will get the chance to try asking before touching their classmates and learn to accept when their request is rejected.

Grades 1 & 2  “Safe Touch” Program
(4 sessions)
By the completion of this program, students will be able to identify and understand various limitations of gender roles. They will identify private body parts and their personal boundaries. With that, students will build on Kindergarten consent curriculum by modeling asking permission for safe touches and saying “no” to unsafe touches all while they learn to differentiate between safe and unsafe touches. Finally, students will identify five safe adults to whom they can report followed by a role play of that report.

Grades 3-5 “Safer Relationships” Program 
(4 sessions)
By the completion of this program, students will challenge gender roles, resolve conflicts peacefully, know how to identify and report sexual abuse from both an adult and a peer. Teachers are encouraged to continue the conversation with their classes before and after program implementation and undergo RVA’s teacher training on responding to sexual assault disclosures, since children who previously have not reported may do so in the course of this program.

Grades 6-8 “Making Schools Safe” Program
(6 sessions)
By the completion of this program, students will be empowered to claim autonomy over their own bodies by identifying and demonstrating their bodily rights. They will be able to implement bystander intervention methods on both community and individual levels. Students will explore gender in the eyes of the media by analyzing the way our culture informs our views of gender, sexuality and relationships.

Grades 9-12 “Catalyst for Change” Program
(4 sessions)
By the completion of this program, students will be able to explain why consent is crucial to not only healthy sexuality but a healthy community. Moreover, they will understand how violence begets violence within their community. Students will analyze how sexism contributes to community violence and brainstorm concrete ways to end sexism. Using this knowledge, students will plan a school event or group to combat common forms of violence.

All of our educational programs are free.
RVA also offers trainings for professionals and parents.

To request a workshop, contact Megan Blomquist, Director of Education and Training with Rape Victim Advocates.
phone: (312) 443-9603 ext. 39
educator@rapevictimadvocates.org

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