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Education Programs for Teens


Each year, our Community Education Department team members visit dozens of schools and youth groups to bring young people informative and interactive presentations, evidence-based curricula, group activities and leadership camps.


Education is the key to prevention.



Are Texas schools required to educate their students on Teen Dating Abuse?

Yes.  The State of Texas passed a law in 2007 (formerly House Bill 121 and now the Texas Education Code 37.0831) which mandates that each school district adopt and implement a teen dating violence policy which is to include dating violence awareness education to all staff, students and parents.  Is your school in compliance?

(For more information about this section of the Texas Education Code and the original bill language, please visit the Texas Council on Family Violence’s website.)

Primary Prevention: Targeting Teens


Feel free to browse our education programming for teens below to find one that fits your needs.  Our most popular program is "Decide, Don't Slide: The Dynamics of Dating Abuse.”  Most schools choose this program at a minimum to ensure they are in compliance with The Texas Education Code.  In addition, you may choose to have us prepare a customized presentation, facilitate a group experiential learning activity, or facilitate a multi-session curriculum.  We also "train the trainers."  Our Community Educators will train school staff to facilitate any of our curricula and provide on-going support throughout the year.

Dating Abuse. Healthy Relationships. Boundaries. Red Flags.

We offer the following educational programming for schools and youth groups in our community.  Programs can be combined into multiple sessions.

Decide, Don't Slide: The Dynamics of Dating Abuse

We facilitate interactive discussions on the definition, dynamics, characteristics and forms of abuse; abuser tactics; power and control; how to recognize abuse; and how to help oneself or others.  This program includes discussions, video clips, games and activities and can be facilitated with a small class, a combination of classes, or a grade-level assembly. 

  • Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, high school or college. 
  • Duration: 1 or 2 sessions

 

Let's Talk: Healthy Relationships

We facilitate interactive discussions on the foundations of healthy relationships, fostering respect for oneself and others, using effective communication skills, creating and enforcing boundaries, and the importance of knowing oneself.  This presentation includes discussions, video clips, games, and activities and can be facilitated with a small class or combination of classes. 

  • Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, high school or college. 
  • Duration: 1 or 2 sessions

 

Safe Dates

Safe Dates is an evidence-based ten-session dating abuse prevention program to raise students' awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, as well as the causes and consequences of dating abuse.  It's been shown to change adolescent norms about dating violence and equip students with skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships, positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution.  Safe Dates  is effective in preventing and reducing violence perpetration among teens already perpetrating dating violence and also resulted in less acceptance of dating violence, stronger communication skills, stronger anger management skills, and greater awareness of community services.

  • Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, or high school 
  • Duration: 4, 6 or 10 sessions

 


Customized Presentations

Choose from a menu of topics to create a unique presentation for your school or youth group.  To view your options, please check out our list of possible topics.


Experiential Learning Group Activity

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence

Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

The In Their Shoes resources and descriptions were provided by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at wscadv.org.


Programs for Boys and Young Men

Additional multi-session interactive educational programs designed specifically for boys and men include A Call to Men’s LIVERESPECT and FUTURES' Coaching Boys Into Men curricula.  We train and provide materials to teachers or coaches to facilitate these programs.

  • A Call To Men’s LIVERESPECT curriculum helps coaches, educators and mentors promote healthy, respectful manhood and consists of 9 lessons conducted over several weeks.  More information can be found on their website.

  • FUTURES’ Coaching Boys Into Men program promotes respectful behavior among athletes and helps prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault. For more than a decade, the program has been implemented in communities across the U.S. and around the world.  More information can be found on their website.

"Train the Trainer" Presentations

We can train the trainers and provide electronic versions of the following teen programs:

  • Decide, Don't Slide: The Dynamics of Teen Dating Abuse
  • Let's Talk: Healthy Relationships
  • Safe Dates
  • In Their Shoes
  • Coaching Boys Into Men


More Information

We love hearing directly from members of our community.  If you would like more information or if you have a question regarding our free Community Education Services, please call (972) 422-2911 ext. 254 and ask to speak to our Community Education Program Manager.

Check out a list of the kinds of youth groups and schools that we educate.

Check out a list of actual schools and youth groups in the DFW area we have visited since October 2017.

 

Request an Educator

Would you like one of our professional Educators to speak to your school, organization, or community group about the dynamics of domestic abuse, teen dating abuse or family violence?  Would you like us to customize a presentation for your organization?

Please submit a Request an Educator form and include as many details as possible such as your name, organization, contact information, dates requested and the topics you are intesersted in learning about.  One of our team members will contact you within 3 business days to discuss your needs and set up a date and time for one of our Educators to bring our educational programming to your organization or community group.


All Community Education services are free of charge.

More Information

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