Programs for Youth
All RVA 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
By the completion of this program, students will have a basic understanding of the main objectives of RVA’s youth program. First, they will understand and explore gender roles. Second, they will identify private parts and safe versus unsafe touches. They will practice asking before touching in a role play with their classmates and learn to accept when their request is rejected. Finally, they will identify what the uh-oh feeling is and practice telling an adult when they receive an unsafe touch.
Grades 1 & 2 “Safe Touch” Program
By the completion of this program, students will have an understanding of what to do in the case of sexual abuse. They will start by identifying and understand various limitations of gender roles. Then they will identify private body parts and their personal boundaries. With that, students will model 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
By the completion of this program, students will challenge gender roles, resolve conflicts peacefully, know how to identify and report sexual harassment and 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
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
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 is about power and control and that 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.