The Center for Prevention of Abuse’s Prevention Education department provides violence prevention education programming in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties to nearly 35,000 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.
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.
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.
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 and Human Trafficking programming 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.
CFPA is now accepting nominations for its “Outstanding Youth Leader in Violence Prevention” Award to recognize and honor high school students in the Tri-County area who are dedicated to building a safe and peaceful school or community. The award is presented by Verizon and sponsored by CFPA. Nominations are accepted now through March 31, 2019.
Students who attend any high school in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County and have received some form of CFPA’s Violence Prevention Education programming during their schooling are eligible to receive the award. Previous programming includes, but is not limited to, Keeping My Body Safe, H.A.R.T.S, social and emotional learning, Bullying Prevention, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Healthy Relationships, Human Trafficking Prevention. The students must show significant commitment to creating a safe environment at home, school, their place of work, or out in the community.
Anyone has the ability to nominate a student by completing the nomination form. Download the nomination form here. Submit the completed form with required video essay or written essay to PreventEd@centerforpreventionofabuse.org.
Please direct questions about the contest to Laura K. at CFPA at 309-691-0551.
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