Youth Education Programs
Our prevention education programs aim to affect children’s behavior over the trajectory of their school years, beginning in Pre-K or kindergarten, and extending over multiple years of students’ academic careers. Programs are age appropriate, corresponding to behaviors and situations that commonly arise at predicted points of students’ growth and experience. Our goal is to provide multi-tiered programming for students, so that prevention education programs are ongoing throughout the academic year. We focus our education efforts on younger populations where the greatest opportunity exists to prevent a child from developing a vulnerability of becoming either a victim or perpetrator of abuse, as well as providing education to teachers and parents, so they can reinforce concepts and help build protective factors in children.
Our curricula are designed to reach these goals:
- Reduce the risk of victimization
- Prevent perpetration of abuse
- Build personal and environmental factors that protect an individual from ever developing the vulnerability to become a victim or perpetrator of abuse (primary prevention)
- Address the societal roots of violence
Our education programs are 100% self-funded through various fundraising activities. To ensure these programs and services can continue, please consider making a donation at https://www.wcogd.org/index.php/giving/make-a-donation. Thank you for your support as we continue “Working to end the violence.”
A Statewide K-12 Sexual Assault and Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program
Effective October 1, 2016, all local and regional school districts in Connecticut were required to implement sexual assault awareness and prevention programs in grades kindergarten through twelve, as per Section 17a-101q of the Connecticut General Statutes. The Department of Children and Families, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, and Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, developed a framework as well as performance indicators for these programs.
The Women’s Center’s educational programs align with the guidelines set forth in the statewide framework, allowing school districts to collaborate with us to achieve full compliance with this new mandate. This mandate has three major aspects, including: (1) Instructional Modules for Teachers (2) Age-appropriate Educational Materials for Students (3) A Uniform Child Sexual Abuse and Assault Response Policy and Reporting Procedure. We are able to provide expertise to districts on all three parts of this mandate.