At SPAN, our goal is to stop violent behavior before it even begins. Through a combination of anti-violence education, empowerment and advocacy, SPAN works with marginalized communities to break cycles of violence and inspire hope and healing. We know that strategies that promote healthy behaviors in relationships are important, and resources that educate people how to prevent, recognize and escape unhealthy relationships are crucial to remaining safe.
Information for Teens
Teen Dating Abuse
Dating abuse happens when one partner exerts power and control over the other, and teenagers are not immune to dating abuse. Learn how to prevent, recognize and escape unhealthy relationships, both online and off.
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- That’s Not Cool: Your cell phone, IM, Facebook, email and other online accounts are all a part of who you are. When someone you are dating is disrespecting, controlling or pressuring you in those spaces, that’s not cool!
- Break the Cycle: Empowering youth to end dating violence.
- Love is Respect: Get information on healthy relationships, take relationship quizzes and get involved!
- Sex, Etc.: Sex education for teens, by teens.
- The Red Flag Campaign: When you see a red flag, say something!
Social Justice Education
At SPAN, we incorporate a social justice framework into our age-appropriate curriculum for school-based programs and community trainings. We believe that in order to end violence against any individual, we must understand and challenge the varying forms of oppression people experience, which can be intricately woven into domestic violence. In our classroom and community presentations, we will work side by side with students (K-12) and professionals to respectfully and sensitively explore cultural and historical struggles that face our communities every day. This approach allows individuals to develop critical thinking skills in how they view relationships within societal norms and learn tools to create healthy relationships.
K-8 Anti-Violence Education
Education is a tremendous boon to helping young people stem the cycle of violence as it plays out in various parts of their personal lives. Our goal is to promote a more inclusive and peaceful school environment where all children have the right to be safe and know how to find and use safety and support resources as needed.
The learning focus of this curriculum is on social and emotional wellness. Using both active and collaborative learning techniques, students understand how to identify and constructively deal with emotions as well as engage in healthy, inclusive relationships. There is also a strong focus on understanding and transforming the bullying dynamic prevalent in our schools and neighborhoods today.
Our Choices and Change curriculum is a K-5 violence-prevention program of study initially developed in 1994 by Boulder-area teachers, administrators and domestic violence educators that has been adapted to meet the needs of our ever-evolving society. Students finish the curriculum equipped with tools to support themselves in a position of healthy personal and social power, whether they currently find themselves playing the role(s) of bully, bullied or bystander.
Elementary students, of course, are not alone in needing support to navigate the waters of socialization. As we all know, middle school is a time of finding one’s place both among one’s peers and within, literally and figuratively, one’s changing voice and body. Grades 6-8 receive our middle school-tailored curriculum, principally developed from modified versions of our evidence-based curricula, Safe Dates and Expect Respect, while maintaining important elements of Choices and Change.
The curriculum approaches this dynamic age group with a heavy emphasis on socially relating to others in healthy, inclusive ways. We teach the gamut, from basic conflict resolution all the way to consent, recognizing that changing bodies and awareness leads middle schoolers to consideration and sometimes even exploration of sexual feelings and relationships.
For more information on SPAN’s violence prevention work in grades K-8, contact the K-8 Violence Prevention Educator by email or call (303) 449-8623.
Youth Anti-Violence Education
The overarching goals for the Youth Anti-Violence Education Program at SPAN are:
- To eliminate teen dating violence in all forms in Boulder County through developing and implementing strategies for interpersonal youth violence prevention.
- To increase positive interpersonal relationships among youth.
- To increase awareness around and skills in combating systems of oppression with a recognition of their connection to relationship violence and sexual assault.
Peers Building Justice (PBJ) Program
The Peers Building Justice Program is a youth group that uses arts-based projects to promote social justice and resist violence in our communities. PBJ youth organizers explore how relationship violence and sexual assault are sustained by systems of power and oppression. The program expressly solicits and is dependent on involvement of youth from underrepresented communities to build collective power in order to combat violence and promote justice. PBJ is a collaboration of SPAN and Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA).
For more information, please visit: peersbuildingjustice.com.
If you are and adult interested in volunteering as a mentor or are a student interested in participating in the PBJ program, please contact the Youth Violence Prevention Educator.