HOPE ALLIANCE'S PRIMARY PREVENTION PROGRAM
For over seven years, Hope Alliance has taught Central Texas children the importance of personal responsibility and non-violent conflict resolution using a curricula Hope Alliance created called Project Empowerment.
The goal of Project Empowerment is to develop assets in children that foster non-violence life styles. The topics encourage students to make healthy choices, gain responsibility in relationships, and to increase self-awareness. Project Empowerment is based on theories of primary prevention of violence, a method of prevention that changes attitudes and norms that lead to violence.
The goal of primary prevention is to reach a child with positive messages that build positive assets before unhealthy and negative messages do. Project Empowerment does this through interactive games, thought-provoking discussion, and community projects.
Through Project Empowerment, a Hope Alliance staff is able to go into a classroom once a week for 6-12 weeks and work on a variety of topics depending on the grade level including:
- Being Unique
- Friendship and Speaking Up
- Problem-Fixing Tricks/Helping Friends Fix Problems
- Power and Control
- Personal Identity
- Healthy Relationships
- Communication for Cooperation
- Empathy and Conflict Resolution
Over 600 students are part of Project Empowerment each semester
WHAT PROJECT EMPOWERMENT STUDENTS LEARNED:
Making a difference, one child at a time.
"It's not ok to say 'That's so gay'."
"I learned better ways to resolve conflicts so I don't get into fights."
"I learned that sexual harassment can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age!"
"That it is ok to be completely different than what everyone wants you to be."