For Students

It is never too early to educate children and young adults about the effects their words and actions have on others and what they should do if someone hurts them, a sibling or a friend.

Our programs are empowering, interactive and tailored to your group’s age and needs. We customize our prevention programs to meet the changing needs of diverse communities.

For elementary, middle- and high-school students in any setting, including in the classroom, after-school programs and community centers. Sessions are intended to be 45 minutes in length or more unless noted.

Classroom and After-School Programs for Children and Youth

Age-appropriate programs developed for schools and youth service organizations. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center presents at Cuyahoga County schools and after-school organizations on topics related to prevention of rape and sexual abuse, healthy relationships, warning signs of abuse and where to seek help.

Catalyst

Three to five 45-minute sessions designed to educate elementary, middle- and high-school students on how to become catalysts for change, including teaching how to make a healthier, safer and better community in all their spheres of influence.

Sexual Violence 101

Overview of the definition, statistics and myths/facts of rape and sexual abuse

Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting

Breaks down the difference between sexual harassment and flirting for students

Consent, Coercion or Assault?

An in-depth session on understanding consent, alcohol, age of consent and related Ohio laws

Healthy Relationships

Helps students identify warning signs and risk of an unhealthy relationship and set goals for their own relationships

Three Kinds of Touches

Educates students about different kinds of touches: safe touches, ouch touches and uh-oh touches. Students learn what to do if someone touches them in their parts covered by a bathing suit, and each student names one trusted adult they could talk to about uh-oh touches, if ever needed.

Gender-Specific Programs

The Center’s gender-specific programs create a safe and empowering space for young men and women to strengthen self-esteem and resiliency.

Boys Taking Action

This program for young men ages 8-18 and their caregivers is a one-day workshop that provides a forum for young men to discuss their evolving roles as males promoting healthy attitudes and behaviors in their families and communities.

Girls in Motion / Las Chicas Pueden (Girls Can)

This program for girls and their caregivers focuses on strengthening self-esteem, providing peer support and resiliency while practicing life skills. Learn more about this empowerment day for girls aged 9-18 and their caregivers, held on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Men of Strength (MOST) Club

A multi-session program that provides space for young men to explore ideas of masculinity, violence and becoming an ally with women

Girls’ Circle

A multi-session program that provides space for girls to grow and learn healthy social and life skills, including strengthening self-esteem, providing peer support and resiliency

Youth Leadership Development

Youth 360, a youth-led violence prevention program, is based on the resiliency theory. Young people need and deserve an opportunity to lead the conversation about prevention of rape and sexual abuse. Up to 30 young leaders from high schools throughout Cuyahoga County participate in this year-long program, in which participants learn how to be effective leaders in the movement to end rape and sexual abuse. Youth 360 members discuss dynamics of sexual assault, healthy relationships and a variety of other topics. Over the course of the year, students choose, plan and implement a community prevention project of their own. Youth 360 is recognized as an “Innovative Practice” by a National Sexual Violence Resource Center research publication.

Contact Us

To learn more, or to schedule a program for your class or group, contact Alexander Leslie at alexl@clevelandrcc.org or (216) 658-1860, or request an education program online.

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