The Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center, Inc. offers a variety of FREE youth violence prevention programs to local school districts, preschools, childcares, learning centers, civic groups or other interested community youth groups.
Pre-K to Grade 5: The HOPE Center’s Cool Kids Program is delivered in the classroom setting and consists of four lessons per grade level. The lessons build on one another with the help of the three Cool Cats, who wear very cool sunglasses, – Shadow, Jumbles and O’Malley. Students are engaged in the learning process through activities, role plays, books and educational videos.
The Cool Kids lessons focus on being “Cool Kids” by making “Cool Choices”. The Cool Cats, along with friends Charlie Check First and KC Koala, are good reminders to the students. Some of the topics covered are: Staying safe, Anger, Digital Safety, Domestic Violence, Diversity, Self-Esteem, Conflict, Being Kind and Caring and more.
Grades 6-8: The HOPE Center’s Middle School Program consists of lessons which can be delivered in a classroom or large group setting. Schools may select up to 4 topics they wish to have presented. Some of the topics covered include: Digital Safety, Building Relationships, Acceptance, Courtesy and Respect, Self-Esteem, Anger, Sexting, and Sexual Harassment.
Grades 9-12: The HOPE Center’s High School Program consists of lessons which can be delivered in a classroom or large group setting. Schools may select from 5 topics they wish to have presented. Some of the topics covered are: Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Relationships, Sexting and Sexual Harassment, and Digital Safety.
HOPE is currently partnering with the Allegheny Valley YMCA to deliver CBIM
Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is a research based program that trains athletic coaches to use their powerful positive influences to help prevent and stop gender violence. Coaches serve as mentors to the youth they coach, which gives them the ability to influence how the young athletes think and behave both on and off the field.
The CBIM program equips mentors to talk with their athletes in brief, conversation-driven methods. The topics focus on having respectful and non-violent relationships and include: respect for women and girls, violence not equaling strength, personal responsibility, respect, insulting language, understanding consent and many more. In addition, CBIM helps build the skills and language the youth need to stand up and speak out when they witness abusive behavior among their peers.
Please note that this program can be adapted to groups, whether you are a parent, school administrator or community leader,WE ALL have a role in coaching boys into men.
Check out the following link for more information on what the CBIM curriculum consists of http://www.coachescorner.org/ and feel free to contact us to see how this fits into any of your sports programs or groups.
Check out our Community Outreach page to see what educational trainings the HOPE Center offers for other community members.
For more information about the HOPE Center’s Prevention Service Programs or to schedule a presentation, please contact Mary Bowlin at 724-224-1100.