Educational & Community Outreach

Day One - Education & Community OutreachDay One offers a variety of programs and workshops on issues dealing with power-based personal violence:

  • sexual assault
  • sexual harassment
  • dating violence
  • bullying
  • healthy relationships
  • stalking
  • sex trafficking
  • drug facilitated sexual assault
  • bystander intervention as a prevention strategy

Workshops can be held in the community or at Day One and can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants and organization. Find out what teachers, students, and community members are saying about our workshops.

You can find out more information about specific workshops by clicking on the topics below:

All multi-session programs include: pre and post questionnaires (grades 3-12 only), teacher evaluations, a program assessment report, an opportunity for students to speak privately with program presenters, and follow-up with students, and/or staff.  

We also offer custom programs school staff and administrators, as well as for parents.

Elementary School Children

Programs are based on a Best Practice Model of Prevention that includes educating children, parents and school community on how to talk to young children about personal safety.  The program is designed to offer tools and knowledge for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of children. Student workshops are presented in classrooms and are designed to engage children in discussions and activities. Programs contain age-appropriate content and meet many of RI health standards including:

  • Standard #3 - Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks.
  • Standard #5 - Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health.
  • Standard #6 - Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.

Grades 1 - 3

The overall program philosophy focuses on children have the right to be safe.  Activities include plays, short discussions, and a drawing activity.  Topics include bullying, harassment by other children, and how to get help.  Children discuss the stories or plays presented and identify if the characters feel safe or not safe and strategize how they can get help.  A drawing activity is introduced in the second part of each session which reinforces concepts discussed in the presentation. (2-3 60-minute sessions)

Grades 4 & 5

The program for 4th and 5th grade students is a combination of discussions and group activities.  The focus of the program is to help children distinguish “yes feelings” (happy, safe, etc.) and “no feelings” (nervous, scared, confused, etc.) and to teach them what to do when they have a “no” feeling. Scenarios that children deal with everyday are used in discussions to help identify potentially uncomfortable and/or dangerous situations, what to do, and how to get help. Topics can include healthy vs. unhealthy friendships; bullying; and verbal, physical, technological, and sexual abuse; and how to be a helpful bystander. (4 45-60 minute sessions)

Additionally, workshops are offered for parents and staff about child sexual abuse. During all of our programs, teachers are required to remain in the classroom.

Adolescents and Teens

The middle school program is based on a Best Practice Model of Prevention that includes educating adolescents, parents and school community on how to identify and respond to issues dealing with bullying and sexual violence. The program approach is designed to increase the prevalence of respectful behaviors, decrease abusive behaviors, and build capacity of bystander intervention. Discussions address the common situations and problems adolescents often encounter. The language and workshop content are appropriate to the developmental and educational levels of the students and meet several RI health standards.

The program for each grade level may be slightly different and specific activities/stories will depend upon the grade level and/or students’ previous education.  Activities encourage student participation and include: class discussions, small group discussions, and role-plays. Workshops are evaluated each year and updated to address best practices and most effective strategies for success. Program topics may include: 

  • Gender stereotyping
  • Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships
  • Flirting vs. sexual harassment
  • Forms of, and issues dealing with sexual abuse
  • Bystander intervention

 

College Workshops

Day One provides workshops and training for students, resident hall advisors, security staff, faculty, and administrators on identifying, responding to and preventing sexual violence. Day One also is available to work with college administrators and faculty on policies addressing sexual violence

Workshops can be scheduled on campus or at Day One and can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Topics vary depending on specific needs but can include:

  • Effectively responding to a sexual assault on your campus
  • Dynamics of Campus Sexual Assault
  • Off-Campus Resources Available
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Creating Victim Centered Response Policies on Campus
  • Sexual Exploitation on the College Campus
  • Having an Honest Conversation about Campus Sexual Assault: What is Fact?  What is Fiction?  
  • Duties as a First Responder
  • Proper techniques for Interviewing Victims
  • Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault
  • Team Approach to Sexual Assault on Campus
  • Confidentiality:  Who Needs to Know vs. Who Wants to Know?
  • Keeping Students Safe: How to Create an Environment Free of Sexual Violence
  • Rhode Island Laws on sexual assault and mandated reporting
  • Reporting to the Police: What to Expect
  • Communication issues
  • Victim blaming language
  • Responses of victims
  • Barriers to effective intervention
  • Understanding rape trauma syndrome
  • Appropriate/Inappropriate responses
  • Information gathering
  • College resources
  • Community resources
  • Confidentiality