Youth Programs

The Community Education & Outreach Department offers youth presentations and programs which are all made in house. They are age appropriate, can be modified to individual needs, and are offered at no cost. These programs are evaluated and supported by the Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention. If you would like to request a presentation or program, please submit a request form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High School Program

Anti-Sexual Violence Training Institute

Started in 2006, the Anti-Sexual Violence Training Institute (A.S.V.T.I.) is a primary prevention program for high school-aged youth that aims to increase awareness about sexual violence and teach skills to prevent it from happening.  Students will explore social identity, healthy relationships, teen dating violence, rape culture and becoming an active bystander through five consecutive sessions.

Middle School Programs

Palabra

Started in 2006, Palabra is a primary prevention program for self-identified boys of color between the ages of 11-14 that aims to empower and form their own self-identity to help guide them as they begin to make lifelong decisions. Participating students learn about and discuss healthy masculinity, relationships and consent, teen dating violence, rape culture, and becoming active bystanders. This program is facilitated in conjunction with Proyecto de Voz, a primary prevention program for self-identified girls of color.

 Proyecto de Voz

Started in 2009, Proyecto de Voz is a primary prevention program for self-identified girls of color between the ages of 11-14 that aims to empower girls in taking a stance against sexual violence. Participating students learn about and discuss identity, relationships and consent, teen dating violence, rape culture, and becoming an active bystander. This program is facilitated in conjunction with Palabra, a primary prevention program for boys of color.

Rural Program

Youth Action Leadership Academy

Started in 2014, the Youth Action Leadership Academy (YALA!) is a primary prevention program wherein rural high school-age students in central New Mexico and adult liaisons will be trained in peer-to-peer prevention strategies related to teen dating violence and healthy relationships. As trained Peer Leaders, the youth participants will collectively implement an action project aimed at educating their peers on a topic connected to teenage relationships that they feel is most relevant to their community.

Parent/Guardian and Youth Program

From Here On

Started in 2015, From Here On is a multi-session workshop series for youth and their parents and guardians to work towards better engaging in conversations about teenage dating relationships. The first session works with parents and guardians to gain a better understanding of how pre-teens and teens engage in dating relationships in the modern age, and learn practical conversation skills in order to have meaningful dialogue around these topics with the young people in their lives. The second session provides an opportunity for parents and guardians to practice these conversation skills with actual pre-teens and teenagers.

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