The YWCA Central Alabama offers the Healthy Relationships Program for area middle schools and high schools. The program utilizes the Safe Dates curriculum, an evidence-based curriculum that has been designated as a Model Program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and was selected for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), receiving high ratings on all criteria.
Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive relationships. It is during the critical preteen and teen years that young people begin to learn the skills needed to create and foster positive relationships. With Safe Dates, a highly engaging and interactive program, young people are given the tools needed to build these skills.
Ideally, the program is facilitated in its entirety – nine 50-minute sessions. However, the YWCA Healthy Relationships staff will work with schools to accommodate their needs and tailor the program to fit each school’s availability. Session topics include: defining caring relationships, defining dating abuse, why people abuse, how to help friends, overcoming gender stereotypes, equal power through communication, how we feel & how we deal, and preventing sexual assault.
Facilitators work with school administrators, counselors and teachers to recruit schools for the program, coordinate scheduling and implement the curriculum. In addition to pre and post tests, facilitators present a one-month follow-up evaluation for participants and are responsible for disseminating and collecting all evaluations and tests for statistical and reporting purposes. The program is offered free of charge to schools.
Alexandria Means, CA, CDVC
322-9922, ext. 331