Prevention Education

As part of YWCA Stepping Stones, we know an important piece to the elimination of sexual abuse and assault is through education, beginning at a young age. To that end, we are on a mission to provide education throughout McLean County to children starting in pre-Kindergarten to high school and college-age students, as well as civic groups and employers.
We have dozens of modules available for you to choose from or we can customize the education to your group. Some presentations are free and some a small stipend is requested, please contact us for more details and to schedule a session today!

Our most popular curriculum includes:

Talking about Touching

Appropriate for pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade, includes five 25-30 minute sessions.
Students will learn to always ask first before going anywhere with anyone, the difference between safe touches (hugs, high-fives, etc.) and unsafe touches (kicks, hits, punches). They will also learn that no one should touch their private body parts except to keep them clean and healthy and what to do if they are hurt or feel unsafe, including how to tell an adult.

Healthy Relationships

Appropriate for junior high school students, includes five sessions.
During this five lesson curriculum, students will learn the difference in communication styles and how to use these when addressing bullying. Students will learn the importance of establishing boundaries in friendships and other relationships. Students will learn characteristics of healthy relationships and the differences between sexual harassment and flirting.

Healthy Relationships

Appropriate for high school students, includes three sessions.
This three lesson curriculum teaches how to establish healthy boundaries, the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, including the cycle of abuse, and consent and how to intervene when they see a potential sexual assault.

Path to Healing

Appropriate for adult men, includes 10-20 sessions.
This curriculum is currently offered at the McLean County jail. This discussion-based curriculum allows participants to explore and share their thoughts on a variety of topics that affect men in our society.  Men are introduced to various ideas that challenge and expand their current viewpoint.

Girls BE U

Appropriate for junior high and high school girls, includes 10 one-hour sessions.
Girls: Building Empowerment and Uniqueness (Girls BE U) is an empowerment group offered to McLean County junior high and high school girls which allows them to explore their own unique and positive qualities through an open and creative curriculum. As program participants gain greater self-awareness and confidence, their newly acquired skills and knowledge will enable them to become leaders and role models for others. The program allows girls to meet new people, try new things, and tap into their personal strengths and abilities within a safe and healthy environment.

Illinois Imagines

Appropriate for adults with disabilities, includes five 45-minute sessions.
This five lesson curriculum covers healthy relationships and how to identify a potentially unhealthy relationship. Participants learn communication skills on how to work through conflict and how to stay safe in a relationship.

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Pre-school & Elementary Level:

TALKING ABOUT TOUCHING
The Talking About Touching program focuses on teaching children basic skills designed to help them keep safe from dangerous or abusive situations. It provides rules, information, encouragement, and exercises that children need to help protect themselves. Students will learn safety rules that apply to fire, guns, walking, safe & unsafe touches, and learning to ask their parents or the person in charge first before going somewhere with someone or accepting gifts from someone.
Each lesson is approximately 25 minutes.
Preschool and Kindergarten: 15 lessons Grade 1: 13 lessons
Grade 2: 14 lessons Grade 3: 13 lessons

STEPS TO RESPECT
The Steps to Respect program promotes a school wide approach to bullying by addressing factors at school, to staff, peer-groups, individual-child, and family levels. The students will practice friendship making skills, learn to recognize, refuse and report bullying; and they will learn how to reach out to someone who is being bullied.
Each lesson is approximately 30 minutes.
Grades 3 and 4: 19 lessons (2 different units)  Grades 5 and 6: 21 lessons (2 different units)

Junior High/Middle School Level:

SECOND STEP
Second Step is a universal prevention program designed to decrease aggression, bullying, and substance abuse, and to increase student's social skills and school related success.
Each lesson is 50 minutes, but lessons can be divided up into two 25 minutes lessons.
Grade 6: Stepping Up: 15 lessons Grade 7: Stepping In: 13 lessons Grade 8: Stepping Ahead: 13 lessons

HURTFUL WORDS
The Hurtful Words presentation focuses on verbal abuse, the continuum of violence, and facts and information on sexual harassment. This presentation also provides an overview of Stepping Stones’ program and the services available.
This presentation is approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
Grades 6, 7, and 8

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
The Healthy Relationships program helps young people learn the warning signs of potentially violent relationships. This program provides definitions of different types of abuse and information on how abuse escalates from verbal, emotional, and mental abuse to physical abuse.
Each lesson is 100 minutes, but lessons can be divided into two 50 minutes lessons.
Grades 7 & 8

RESPECT, GENDER ROLES & BOUNDARIES
The Respect, Gender Roles & Boundaries presentation focuses on the definition of respect; the importance of self-respect and respect for others. This presentation also provides detailed information and definitions on gender roles and boundaries. This program provides an overview of our program and available services.
This presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
Grades 6, 7, & 8

High School Level:

DATING VIOLENCE:  "Love's Not Supposed to Hurt"
The Dating Violence program focuses on different types of abuse in a relationship, characteristics of non-healthy versus healthy relationships, facts and statistics on dating violence, safety planning, and resources available to help someone in an abusive relationship.
Each lesson is 100 minutes, but lessons can be divided into two 50 minutes lessons.
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
The Healthy Relationships presentation focuses on stalking, physical violence in a relationship, characteristics of non-healthy versus healthy relationships, power and control within relationships, and equality in relationships. Healthy Relationships also provides information on the myths and facts of rape, and in addition, the effects of rape on survivors. All information is based on high school student experiences. This presentation consists of a pre-test and a post-test. On the third and final day, the post-test is taken, and the teacher will receive the grades and decide if they would like to use them as a grade in the class. Typically they are used as grades in Health/P.E. and Home Economic classes. This presentation provides an overview of our program and available services, as well.
This is a three day presentation, and each presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
The Sexual Harassment/Healthy Relationships presentation is similar to the Healthy Relationships presentation, but the material and exercises are presented differently; and this presentation focuses more on the topic of sexual harassment. The Sexual Harassment/Healthy Relationships presentation focuses on sexual harassment, date rape, important myths and facts about sexual assault, power and control within relationships, the effects of rape on survivors, and useful information on what students
can do to help make a difference. All information is based on high school student experiences. This presentation consists of a pre-test and a post-test. On the third and final day, the post-test is taken, and the teacher will receive the grades and decide if they would like to use them as a grade in the class. Typically they are used as grades in Health/P.E. and Home Economic classes. This presentation provides an overview of our program and available services, as well.
This is a three day presentation, and each presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
All Levels- General Information
 
STEPPING STONES PRESENTATION
This presentation provides information on who we are, what we do, and how we do it.  It also provides information on services available within the community.
This presentation takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
Counselors, Teachers, Administrators, Parents, etc.

All of our services, programs and presentations are FREE.  For more information on any of the programs listed above or for scheduling, please contact YWCA Stepping Stones at (309) 662-0461 or info@ywcamclean.org.