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Education Services for Programs Around Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficking Within Schools and Other Community and Regional Settings

YWCA Kalamazoo provides education and awareness on the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and more to increase community awareness. Using videos, open and honest dialogue, and interactive learning experiences, the YWCA Presentation Series aims to raise awareness, build personal and collective responsibility, and provide skills to challenge violence throughout our lives and community.

These presentations and workshops, or a combination of them, are available upon request for any school, college, group, organization, event, or business in the community.

Please contact Demetrias Wolverton, Director of Mission Impact, at dwolverton@ywcakalamazoo.org to schedule a presentation.

YWCA Kalamazoo Community Presentations, Training, and Workshops

Pre-K to 3rd/4th grade

Very Important People discusses:

That their bodies are important and belong to them, private parts are those covered by their bathing suits, to trust unsafe/yucky feelings, to tell people they trust if they have been touched unsafely and how to tell, using the “No, Go, Tell” method. The students will also have the book My Body Belongs to Me by Pro Familia & Dagmar Geisler or My Body! What I say Goes!, depending on the specifications by the school professional(s), read aloud to them and receive the Very Important People Coloring Book.

Very Important People Coloring Book:

This resource was created with the curriculum in mind. It is provided by the YWCA and is for the students to take home and share with their parents.  The Coloring book follows the VIP presentation/discussion,  establishes that the student’s body belongs to them, identifying feelings and helpful people in their life, “No, go, Tell”, and positive/encouraging words of children survivors.

4th grade- 8th grade

Healthy Middle School Relationships/Building Boundaries/Social Media Safety discusses: 

Defining relationships (parents, teachers, coaches, crushes, etc) and verbal/physical/digital/sexual boundaries, what are unhealthy/abusive behaviors, sexual harassment, social media, cyberbullying, sexting and their consequences, and how to advocate for themselves and their peers. There will be hands-on activities throughout the presentation with a facilitated discussion about these topics. They will be given a healthy relationships brochure and a YWCA crisis intervention card.

9th grade- college/business level

Introduction to Domestic Violence Discusses

The dynamics of Healthy relationships, followed by a more in-depth look at unhealthy and abusive relationships, also known as Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence. Topics like power and control dynamics, the seven different forms of domestic violence, and the cycle of violence are discussed. In addition to this, the laws around domestic violence and bystander interventions are also brought forth. This presentation is appropriate for high school-aged individuals, parents, educators, non-profit staff, and other business/organization personnel. They will be given a healthy relationships brochure and a YWCA crisis intervention card.

Introduction to Sexual Assault and Rape Culture

In this presentation, there will be a brief look at Domestic Violence and the power and control dynamics that are also present in Sexual Assault. From this point, the discussion moves into the differences between sexual assault and rape, unhelpful social narratives around sexual assault, which has created what we know as “rape culture” and “slut-shaming”, and bystander intervention, including defining what consent is and is not.  This presentation is appropriate for high school-aged individuals, parents, educators, non-profit staff, and other business/organization personnel. They will be given a healthy relationships brochure and a YWCA crisis intervention card.

For more information contact Brittani Decess, Community Impact Coordinator, at bdecess@ywcakalamazoo.org

Introduction to Human Trafficking 101

Human Trafficking 101 – recommended for high school students and older.  The program is one to two hours in length.

This presentation will discuss what both labor and sex trafficking look like, as well as the legal definitions of each of these crimes. The presenter will clearly identify how victims are lured and controlled, actions of perpetrators, and where these crimes take place, as well as what individuals and service providers can do to help if they think a person may have experienced human trafficking.

A specialized version of this presentation can be provided to healthcare professionals, which gives greater insight into what human trafficking may look like within medical facilities.

For more information please contact Meg Hughey, Community Impact Coordinator, at mhughey@ywcakalamazoo.org

Workshops and Training

Brave Space

Brave Space is a training that gives community members exposure on how to navigate tough dialogue about race. With self-reflective activities, it allows growth outside of the comfort zone, gives shared language, and helps identify proper language to specific feelings – that may be fluid. There are many topics the workshop covers and can be specifically designed for your agency; however, the main topics are constructive analysis around white privilege and what it means to be an ally.

Racial Equity Training

Racial Justice and Civil Rights YWCA Kalamazoo is committed to eliminating racism in society. All YWCA staff are committed to continuous learning and must take apart in a Racial Equity Training, this one-day training focuses on internal transformation to elevate racial equity among staff.  A racial equity analysis is incorporated in all our programs, policies, and procedure decisions. Racial Justice and Civil Rights YWCA Kalamazoo is committed to eliminating racism in society.

Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This presentation will guide staff members into viewing bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace through gender and racial equity lens. Topics of discussion are theories and types of bullying/harassment, how privilege (of many types) impacts bullying,  power, and control dynamics, how intersecting identities play a role,  and why it is difficult to report.  Actions steps are given for businesses/agencies to take to prevent and how to react to bullying and sexual harassment.

Community Education Brochure

Community Education Brochure (Spanish)

Community Education Insert