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.
For programming requests, please email PreventEd@centerforpreventionofabuse.org or submit this online form.
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, “PreventEd: Sexual Abuse.” 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.
“PreventEd: Bullying” focuses on social and emotional learning and development in the areas of respect and empathy, emotion management, communication, problem solving, peaceful conflict resolution, overall bullying prevention, and bystander intervention.
Programming is available for grades K-8 once weekly for 12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
“PreventEd: Relationship Abuse” aims to help young people develop healthy dating relationships by exploring boundary-setting, consent, characteristics of healthy relationships, red flags of abusive relationship, the cycle of teen dating violence, human trafficking prevention (high school only), safety planning, and positive bystander intervention.
Programming is available at the high school level once weekly and ranges between 4-12 weeks in 45-minute sessions.
Each spring, CFPA accepts 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 Ameren Illinois and sponsored by CFPA. Nominations are open through March 31, 2020.
Students who attend high school in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford County and have received some form of CFPA’s Violence Prevention Education programming 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, or Human Trafficking Prevention. The student must show a significant commitment to creating a safe and peaceful environment at home, school, their place of work, or out in the community, and the project or program must be related to one of CFPA’s core service areas – domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual abuse/assault, human trafficking, elder abuse or abuse of adults living with disabilities.
The Prevention Education team at CFPA put together a toolkit full of at-home activities for parents and caregivers to help stimulate social and emotional growth for K-8th grade. Topic areas include cultivating respect and kindness, understanding empathy, and developing emotion management skills. The activities range include coloring pages, games, activities, question and answer, videos, and more.
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