Building Healthy Relationships (BHR)
School-Based Sexual & Dating Violence Prevention Programming
BHR is an interactive curriculum, usually occurring over five sessions, designed to prevent dating and sexual violence. Specially trained educators tailor presentations to fit the time frames and specific needs of each school. This program is offered to area middle and high schools. BHR covers the following evidenced-based prevention topics: gender roles and stereotypes, power, control, and equality across relationship behaviors, boundaries, sexual violence and affirmative consent, and bystander intervention. Our objective is for participants to leave with the shared goal of preventing violence in the future and in posession of the skills to do just that. If you are interested in scheduling a BHR program, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Prevention Program Coordinator Sam Harrell at email@example.com.
Elementary Prevention Programming
In February of 2018, Middle Way House was awarded a grant from the Monroe County Community Foundation to expand our violence prevention programming to serve elementary-age children. Our new part-time Prevention Specialist, Chiara Logan, will work with board member and prevention volunteer Peg Smith to complete development and implementation of Elementary Prevention Programming (EPP). Lessons and activities will focus on: understanding and demonstrating empathy, learning about and embracing differences, developing skills for emotional regulation and conflict management, and identifying boundaries and corresponding safe and appropriate interactions. We hope to begin programming in early fall of 2018. If you are interested in violence prevention programming for elementary-age children in your life, please contact our prevention team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth-Serving Agency-Based Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Programming
For area youth-serving agencies, we draw upon our BHR core lessons to bring a wide range of interactive activities, discussions, and projects to at-risk youth. Youth-serving agencies we have worked with include: Stepping Stones, Youth Services Bureau, Girls, Inc., Boys and Girls Club, Rhinos, and Prism Youth Community. If your youth-serving agency is interested in prevention programming, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Sam Harrell at email@example.com.
Campus & Community-Based Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Programming
For campus and community-based groups, we provide adult-oriented prevention education. Examples of campus and community-based settings we’ve served include mental health and addictions groups, Indiana University classes, conferences, festivals, churches, provider meetings and open-to-the public events. If your campus or community group is interested in prevention programming, or there is a prevention initiative you would like to see in our community, please contact Prevention Program Coordinator, Sam Harrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We strive to have MWH On-Scene Advocates, trained in domestic and sexual violence crisis intervention skills, present for our prevention programs to provide support for participants who might feel overwhelmed or triggered by our programming content.
Teen Peer Advocates (TPAs)
TPAs are local high-school age youth empowered with information, resources, and peer advocacy skills to support youth survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and human trafficking in our community. We hold a six-part Teen Peer Advocacy training program each semester. We also organize an MLK-inspired social justice project every January to prevent teen dating and sexual violence. If you, or a youth in your life, is interested in becoming a Teen Peer Advocate, contact our Prevention Program Coordinator Sam Harrell at email@example.com.
Queer Talk (QT)
QT is a monthly community workshop and a confidential space for people identifying along the spectrum of queerness to share experiences, strengthen bonds, and develop the skills needed to inspire one another and ignite action in the communities where we live. QT is not specifically for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Primary prevention tells us that strengthening LGBTQIA+ communities decreases domestic and sexual violence. QT typically runs August through March. Facilitators are MWH staff and community members who identify along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. If you are interested in volunteering with or participating in QT, you can contact our Outreach Coordinator, Evelyn Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Prevention Program Coordinator, Sam Harrell, at email@example.com.
Letter-writing to Incarcerated Survivors
Monthly letter-writing events provide participants with the opportunity to write letters of support to incarcerated survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Participants can write a loved one or hear and select a survivor’s story. All ages are welcome. These events are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm-8pm. Locations vary depending on the host (see below). These events are held in collaboration with New Leaf-New Life, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.