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PROJECT EMPOWERMENT

PRIMARY PREVENTION PROGRAM

PROJECT EMPOWERMENT

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.

Attractive teenagers with books laughing
Boy drawing a home during occupational therapy

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:

  • Respect
  • Being Unique
  • Friendship and Speaking Up
  • Problem-Fixing Tricks/Helping Friends Fix Problems
  • Power and Control
  • Stereotypes
  • 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'."

— KELLY

"I learned better ways to resolve conflicts so I don't get into fights."

— Jimmy

"I learned that sexual harassment can affect anyone, regardless of gender or age!"

— Erin

"That it is ok to be completely different than what everyone wants you to be."

-Ryan

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