Our education specialists empower community members to foster healthy relationships and recognize, prevent, and respond effectively to all forms of abuse. Each year, we educate and train thousands of community members from organizations, community groups, schools, businesses, and service providers in Dallas-Fort Worth and the greater North Texas area.
Our community educators aim to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence and domestic abuse. We provide interactive presentations and training workshops that help community members understand and respond effectively to these types of abuse. All presentations are free to all local businesses, organizations, schools, and community groups. You can reach them through either live or virtual interaction.
Our community education department members visit schools, youth groups, clubs, and other organizations to deliver interactive presentations, and group activities that help young people develop healthy relationships. They also provide leadership camps and other group activities.
Our Community Educators specialize in delivering dynamic presentations to engage and empower community members.
Andie Woodard serves HDNBC as the Community Educator, though she started as a crisis advocate at one of the shelters. She is excited to provide domestic abuse prevention education solutions to the community. She feels that the mission of HDNBC perfectly intersects with all of her interests, values, and passions. Andie got her BA in Social Science at UNT and her MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University. She enjoys writing personal essays and poetry and spending time with her closest friends, her black dog, Sirius, and her cat, Young Bernie Sanders.
Ryan S. Thomas is the Community Education Program Manager at HDNBC. He and his team of educators deliver free community programs that empower people to foster healthy relationships and prevent abuse. A recovering middle school teacher, Ryan uses his 15 years of teaching experience to engage teens and adults with free education and prevention programming aimed at reducing teen dating abuse and domestic abuse in our community. To him, being able to be a part of someone’s story of positive change is a privilege. Ryan also loves cheese, his mama, his dog, and painting.
We educate the community on domestic and teen dating abuse through webinars, workshops, speeches, interactive activities, classroom activities, Q&A panels, and community fairs.
No. All of our community education solutions are free of charge for any community group or organization.
Yes, we come to you! Or we can set up a customized Zoom meeting for your organization. No group is too small or too large.
Absolutely. Not only are they age-appropriate topics, but they are also necessary topics of discussion if we want to prevent dating violence. Current research shows that even 9th grade is too late to start educating young people for primary prevention to be effective. Leading researchers recommend that healthy relationships and dating abuse education begin in the 6th grade.
We have a number of education and training programs for adults: volunteers, service providers, first responders, faith communities, and professionals. For more information, please check out our Community Presentations page.
We have a wide variety of educational programs and activities for students and teens. For more information about our programs for young people, please visit Prevention Programs page.
We are honored to have received so many Thank You letters from teens we've educated in middle and high schools around the DFW area.
We've educated thousands of students in the North Texas area from these and other school districts. We are grateful to all of the teachers, counselors, and adminstrators that have invited us in to educate their students in fostering healthy relationships and preventing teen dating abuse.
This letter was written by a high school student in Richardson ISD after participating in our Safe Dates program aimed at reducing teen dating abuse and fostering healthy relationship skills.
HDNBC proudly serves anyone impacted by domestic abuse, family violence, or teen dating abuse regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, immigration status, primary language, or sexuality.
Multigenerational families with kids (and adults) of all ages are supported. We can also provide safety for pets.