PREVENTION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS
As focus corporate citizens, while doing our task in training and working with law enforcement, our goal is to also educate and support our communities. Our Community Against Violence, (CAV) offers a three-pronged approach to fulfill our mission of fostering and supporting communities free from all forms of violence, including domestic and sexual violence – Crisis Intervention, Support & Recovery Services and Education & Prevention Outreach
Education & Prevention Outreach
Our goal is to address the root causes of violence in our community. First and foremost by promoting anti-oppression, non-violence, unity, social justice, self-determination and liberation of the historically oppressed through a process of community education and leadership development. Providing tools to build community power together; and by creating movement for community change. We work to decrease the incidence of violence by educating communities on the strength in working together, facing fears, and educating youths from the home. Incorporating our unique youth-on-youth talks against violence, through our partnership with Recess Bahamas Youth Organization leadership programs, to increase the safety of all women, men and children who live within our communities.
SPE (Start Prevention Early)
A multi-session primary school violence prevention project for Pre-K through 6th graders. SPE utilizes age-appropriate teaching techniques and messages and uses respect, empathy and body ownership as the foundation for promoting violence prevention and nonviolence conflict resolution. We work to give each child skills in the event that violence touches their lives so as to prepare them for safe and appropriate responses and to understand that violence of any type is not “OK”. SPE is intended to prevent sexual and domestic violence, bullying and sexual harassment and is for children, their caregivers and any adults that work with youth. SPE and Parents: The program provides multi-session parent groups focusing on giving parents education to improve their abilities to prevent violence as well as to create an informed group of supporters that can in turn advocate for healthier community norms and policies.
SPE and Schools: SPE provides training focused on educating school staff (teachers, administrative staff, and school counselors) so they may utilize their unique positions to influence school norms, policies and school responses to violence. As well as serve as an advocate on the school community level for violence prevention. Trainings focus on changing organizational/institutional practices and policies in order to affect larger community norms.
SWY (It Starts With Youth)
A multi-session violence prevention and youth empowerment program. ISWY aims to support youth (12-19 years old) in their development of self-awareness for the creation of individual change that can then initiate critical social analysis; change social norms; and promote community action. The goal of ISWY is to lower the incidence of violence in the community by providing youth with education that will increase their awareness and knowledge about violence and oppression; ultimately challenging negative or unhealthy attitudes; that will teach skills for behavioral change. Eventually encouraging alliance and collaboration; that will promote and provide opportunities for youth-developed and youth-led action for systems’ change. ISWY also facilitates opportunities for youth to understand their roles as “popular opinion leaders” and their potential for impacting social norms and familial networks with anti-violence messages and modeled attitudes and behaviors.
We think it is important to teach the public—parents, children, community groups, businesses, faith communities and professionals who deal with the victims and perpetrators of violence.
A key part of our mission is coordinating a sustained effort to reduce all forms of violence through education and outreach, to create a better Bahamas.
SAFE (Security Awareness for Everyone)
Is a security awareness program designed to help community organizations throughout The Bahamas create a well informed and risk-aware culture. SAFE focuses on learning to make it important for everyone to be fully informed and take responsibility to protect their community. From online cyber threats to daily community concerns, security is everyones responsibility.