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 through five consecutive sessions. This program is facilitated in conjunction with Proyecto de Voz, a primary prevention program for self-identified girls of color.

Session 1: Exploring Gender-Based Violence and Masculinity
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to characterize healthy masculinity.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to recognize gender-based violence.
Session 2: Healthy Communication
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to describe consent and its importance.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able demonstrate how to communicate consent.
Session 3: Understanding Teen Dating Violence
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will identify ways to help a friend in an abusive relationship.
Session 4:  Analyzing Rape Culture
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to identify sexually violent behaviors.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to analyze rape culture.
Session 5:  Standing Up!
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to compare different active bystander techniques.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to demonstrate how to be an active bystander. 

 

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 through five consecutive sessions. This program is facilitated in conjunction with Palabra, a primary prevention program for boys of color.

Session 1:  Exploring Gender Identity and Self-Empowerment
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to differentiate social identities related to gender and sexual orientation.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to identify social groups that experience higher rates of sexual violence.
Session 2:  Creating Healthy Boundaries
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to describe consent and its importance.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to demonstrate how to set their own boundaries using consent.
Session 3:  Recognizing Teen Dating Violence
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to identify the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to assess how to help a friend or family member in an abusive relationship.
Session 4:  Understanding Rape Culture
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to identify sexually violent behaviors.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to describe rape culture.
Session 5:  Becoming an Active Bystander
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to compare different techniques of how to be an active bystander.
  • At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to demonstrate how to be an active bystander. 

*These programs are evaluated and supported by the Department of Health Office of Injury Prevention. If you are interested in scheduling our Palabra and Proyecto de Voz programs, please contact send a request form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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