Prevention Education

The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Prevention Education department provides violence prevention education programming in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to nearly 30,000 students annually.

CFPA’s team of educators help schools and learning communities create a safe, supportive, and secured learning environment by meeting state-mandated educational programs through age-appropriate, evidence-based, and comprehensive curricula for pre-k-college age.

Educational offerings include child sexual abuse prevention, social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, healthy relationships, general violence prevention and safety. Trainings are available for school administrators, PTOs, parent universities, and community groups.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention

CFPA is now accepting nominations for its “Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention” Award to honor and recognize high school students in the tri-county area who are dedicated to building a safe school and safe community. Submissions are accepted now through March 31, 2018.

Students who attend any high school in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County and who have received some form of The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Violence Prevention Education programming during their schooling are eligible to receive the award. The students must show significant commitment to creating a safe environment at home, at school, in their place of work, or out in the community. Maybe it’s a student dedicated to peaceful conflict resolutions, maybe they speak out against bullying, or maybe they create a positive and uplifting after-school organization. The Center wants to celebrate their successes and their efforts to build a safe space for everyone.

Anyone has the ability to nominate a student by completing the nomination form and submitting the form with the required video essay or written essay to Nominations are open through March 31, 2018 and one winner will be chosen from each county during the first week of May. There is no cost to the submission and creativity is highly encouraged.

Download the nomination form and submit all questions to Laura K. at 309-691-0551.

This award is presented by CFPA’s long-time partner and supporter, Verizon Wireless.

Sexual Abuse Prevention/Keeping My Body Safe

On January 24, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Erin’s Law, which requires all Illinois schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse prevention education for students each year. CFPA’s Prevention Education department assists schools in meeting this state mandate through its classroom based program “Keeping My Body Safe.” This program teaches body safety rules, safe touches versus un-safe touches, types of child abuse, prevention techniques, how to recognize, refuse, and report sexual harassment.

This program is available for preK-12 and is a 30-45 minute classroom presentation.

Download the 2018 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Toolkit

Social and Emotional Learning/Bullying Prevention

CFPA’s Social and Emotional Learning programming focuses on learning respect and empathy, emotion management, communication, problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, and bullying prevention.

Programming is available for grades K-8 once weekly for 12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.

Download the 2017 Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Healthy Relationships/Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Studies show 1 in 3 teens are in, have been, or will be in an abusive relationship by the time they are 18 years old. CFPA’s Healthy Relationships curriculum focuses on small group facilitation at the high school level with programming on communication, emotional management, healthy relationships versus unhealthy relationships, self-development, as well as dating abuse, safety planning, defining caring relationships, and managing emotions. Additional programming for small groups of girls and boys is focused on self-esteem and self-respect.

Programming is available at the high school level once weekly and ranges between 4-12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.

Download the 2018 Teen Dating Violence Toolkit


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