The Youth Empowerment Project consists of Boys and Girls Groups which are provided in schools to elementary, middle and high school grade levels. The groups focus on empowering youth by addressing topics such as respect for oneself and others, leadership, the dynamics of gender roles, self-esteem and healthy relationships. Activities include creative outlets, discussion, educational materials and team building initiatives.
The curricula that we utilize in the groups include…
In Touch With Teens:
In order to help youth develop and maintain healthy, violence-free relationships, Tahoe SAFE Alliance has been implementing the In Touch With Teens Violence Prevention curriculum in junior high and high schools and other community based youth organizations. The corriculum empowers youth to have healthy relationships by providing information about power and control, elements of healthy relationships and healthy sexuality, and media literacy as well as education on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence. It also addresses the development of pro-social skills such as empathy, impulse control, effective communication, problem solving, and bystander accountability.
The In Touch With Teens curriculum was selected as one of five model youth-violence prevention programs in the United States (and the only such program from California) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, please visit www.peaceoverviolence.org.
We facilitate empowerment groups for young men to connect with each other and explore positive examples of masculinity and male strength. The goal is for boys and young men to understand how traditional masculinity can contribute to violence, gender inequality and unhealthy relationships. It is our goal to inspire with examples of healthy and strong role models of what it is to be a real man today. We encourage boys and young men to become leaders to promote gender equality and prevent men’s violence among their friends and their ommunity. For more information go to www.mystrength.org.
Mentors in Violence Prevention:
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Model is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The training is focused on an innovative “bystander” model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. Students learn that there is not simply “one way” to confront violence, but that each individual can learn valuable skills to build their personal resolve and to act when faced with difficult or threatening life situations. For more information, please visit www.jacksonkatz.com.
Teen Speakers Bureau:
The Teen Speakers Bureau (TSB) is a teen peer education program for high school students, with a focus on promoting healthy relationships, spreading awareness around teen violence issues and encouraging positive peer and school environments in the high schools and middle schools. Teens involved commit to demonstrating healthy relationships and standing as advocates for their peers.