PREVENTING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE:
RECOMMENDED CURRICULA & ACTIVITY BOOKS
Days Of Respect: Organizing A School-Wide Violence Prevention Program - A step-by-step instruction manual for putting together an event that brings together students, parents, teachers and community leaders for a common goal: preventing violence and creating an atmosphere of respect in school so that everyone can feel safe.
Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide For Counselors, Educators, And Parents - A multi-racial, step-by-step program that empowers young people to prevent violence.
I Can Make My World A Safer Place: A Kid’s Book About Stopping Violence - This book, which was written for adults to read with 6-11 year olds, is about the first steps in preventing, healing from and finding alternatives to violence. Topics include what to do about teasing and bullies, fights, gangs and weapons, anger, drugs and suicide, child abuse and domestic violence.
Making Allies, Making Friends: A Curriculum for Making The Peace In Middle School - A flexible, multi-track curriculum design with over 30 innovative, creative classroom sessions designed to prepare young people to build a healthy multi-cultural community and prevent violence. The authors address issues of race, class, gender and sexual identity that middle-schoolers face and can be adapted to the needs of many different school environments.
Making The Peace: A 15-Session Violence Prevention Curriculum For Young People - Making the Peace is written to help high school students break away from violence, develop self-esteem, and regain a sense of community. It provides photographs, illustrations, exercises, role-plays, in-class handouts, homework sheets, and discussion guidelines to explore issues such as dating violence, gangs, interracial tension, suicide, sexual harassment, and the social roots of violence.
Mentors in Violence Prevention - 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.
Open Minds to Equality: A Sourcebook of Learning Activities to Affirm Diversity and Promote Equity - An educator's sourcebook of activities to help students understand and change inequalities based on race, gender, class, age, language, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, and religion. The activities also promote respect for diversity and interpersonal equality among students, fostering a classroom that is participatory, cooperative, and democratic. An essential resource for teachers, leaders in professional development, and curriculum specialists.
Young Men’s Work: Stopping Violence And Building Community - A program to teach young men ages 14-19 alternatives to violence and to celebrate and enhance the strength, experience, creativity and intelligence of the young men with whom you work. Its purpose is not only to reinforce alternatives to destructive behavior, but to enable the young men to support each other’s success, become stronger allies to their peers, and to join the ongoing struggles in this country for greater equality and social justice.
The Gay, Lesbian And Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Visit the website for research, lesson plans, curricular tools, information on teacher training programs and ideas for incorporating activities to engage students in creating safer schools.
Hardy Girls, Healthy Women (HGHW)- Although many, if not most, national programs designed to support girls in the past 15 years have focused on self-esteem and other internal, psychological issues, HGHW is one of the few programs that addresses girls' lives in relational and social contexts. HGHW believes that it is not the girls, but rather the culture in which they live that is in need of repair.
Men Can Stop Rape -Men Can Stop Rape is an international organization that mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. MCSR provides agencies, schools, and organizations with direct services for youth, public service messaging, and leadership training.
White Ribbon - This group positively engages men, young men and boys through relevant educational programming that challenges language and behaviors, as well as harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women. Programming includes engaging workshops. presentations and talks for middle, high school and post-secondary students as well as people from all walks of life; trainings and presentations for educators and teacher candidates around promoting gender equality in classrooms and schools; and sessions that explore realities for women and girls as well as pressures on men and boys and ways they can become allies for change that affects everyone.