Prevention Education Programs

Victims Resource Center provides prevention education programs to students in schools located in Luzerne, Carbon and Wyoming counties. These programs are presented in an individual classroom environment. All programs are provided at no cost. Call 570-823-0766 – ext. 105 to schedule a program.
* Numbers following the program refer to PA Health Education Standards
Child Safety For Pre K to grade 2

The Child Safety program is presented to children in Pre-school through second grade.  It focuses on the concept of safe/unsafe touches; empowers children to say “NO” to inappropriate touches and discusses who they can “TELL” if someone does touch them in an inappropriate place. The program uses a coloring book called “No, Go, Tell” which encourages children to discuss these concepts with parents or guardians.

*10.3.3 A, B
Parent programs are also available

Sexual Assault Prevention for individuals with disabilities

Victims Resource Center offers a program for sexual assault prevention for individuals with disabilities.   The program helps participants identify the concept of safe verses unsafe touches.  It discusses the characteristics of consent.  It helps the participants recognize healthy personal boundaries including physical and emotional.


A three session bullying program for grades 3-5 “WEIRD”

This three-part program will include reading from the WEIRD series of books by Erin Frankel, on bullying.  This will be followed by discussion and activities related to bullying issues.  Part I is from the Victim’s point of view, part II is from the Bystander’s point of view, and part III is from the Bully’s point of view.  This program helps students become an active bystander and empowers children to speak up if they witness bullying.  It helps children recognize the differences between telling and tattling. The three books in the series focus on changing attitudes and behaviors regarding bullying and providing students with skills to safely intervene to prevent bullying.

The books address the reasons children do not intervene when they witness bullying. Those reasons include: they are afraid to ‘getting caught’ intervening; becoming additional victims; belief that adults will not help, or will make things worse; peer pressure to watch the bully, but not act; that reporting bullying to adults is equal to tattling on a fellow student; and they simply don’t know what to do when observing bullying events.

*10.3.3A; 10.3.6A

Building Healthy Relationships for grades 3-5

This 45-minute program uses the video “Planting the Seeds of Peace” to help the students learn the importance of treating others with respect.  This lesson includes what to do if you are being bullied,  diversity issues and bystander intervention.

*10.3.3A; 10.3.6 A

Building Healthy Relationships for grades 3-6

Building Healthy Relationships is a four-session program in which students will learn the skills needed for creating healthier relationships.  This multi-session curriculum includes basic relationship skills: empathy, healthy boundaries, assertive communication, respect/bullying, bystander intervention, and conflict resolution.  Students will be able to recognize, through activities and discussion, positive alternatives to violence within their interpersonal relationships.

*10.2.6 D, *10.3.6 A, C

Expect Respect for grades 7-10

The Expect Respect Program is a comprehensive, school-based program designed to promote safe and healthy teen relationships.  This curriculum is a nationally recognized evidenced-based, primary prevention program that targets the underlying causes of violence in order to change social norms and prevent relationship violence before it occurs. It is aimed at preventing teen dating violence and promoting safe and healthy relationships. This program empowers students to become role-models and leaders in preventing teen dating violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

The program is delivered in multiple sessions and covers: power status; privilege; sexual harassment; hate crimes; bullying; sexting; media and cultural influence; masculinity, relationship violence and healthy relationships.

Each session of Expect Respect is activity based. The program is designed this way to have students become actively engaged in discussions surrounding topics that are aimed at changing social norms surrounding teen dating violence, harassment and bullying. Each activity builds on the previous one during each session to provide comprehensive coverage of the topic while still allowing for discussion and break-out sessions.  The programs are designed to create conversations amongst students in school settings and also to help students develop skills to change their school and community environment from within.

*10.3.9 A, C; 10.3.12, A, C

Cyber Safety grades 3-5

It focuses on how to protect your private information and how to be safe on the internet. The internet safety program is designed to inform students about what information can be shared online. The program also addresses ways of protecting their identity and staying safe when using social networking sites.

*10.3.6 A

Cyber Bullying grades 6-12

The Cyber Bullying program focuses on dangers of internet and how to avoid cyber bullying.  This program discusses the different types of cyberbullying.   It offers participants suggestions for how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cyberbullying.   It encourages participants to only post information that you would be comfortable with everyone seeing.   It reinforces the concept that once you post something you no longer have control over who sees it.   It teaches participants how to respond appropriately to cyberbullying and encourages participants to reach out to a trusted adult if help is needed.

*10.3.6A, 10.3.9 A

Sexual Harassment in School grades 7-10

This is a 45-minute single session program that provides students with information on the different forms of sexual harassment.  It discusses their rights under Title IX.  It informs the students on the steps to take if they are a victim of sexual harassment.

*10.3.9 A

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace grades 11-12

This program is presented in single 45-minute session to students who are working or about to enter the workplace with information about sexual harassment in order to reduce the incidence of sexual harassment, encourage students experiencing sexual harassment to get help by reporting to adults, promote respectful behaviors with peers and help friends experiencing sexual harassment.


*10.3.9 A

Acquaintance Rape and Prevention grades 10-12

Research tells us that one of every four girls and one in six boys will be a victim of sexual violence before the age of eighteen.  Most of the victims will know the offenders.  Victims Resource Center provides a program focusing on acquaintance rape and prevention.  This program focuses on discussing the rate of sexual violence.  Participants of the program will be able to recognize the characteristics of consent.  Participants will receive information on statutory sexual assault and bystander intervention strategies.

*10.3.9 A, C; 10.3.12 A, C

Safe Dates grades 7-10

Safe Dates helps teens to recognize the differences between caring supportive relationships and controlling manipulative or abusive dating relationships.  This program utilizes the evidence-based curriculum which educates youth and adolescents on how to identify and prevent dating violence. This multi-session program focuses on recognizing signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and ways to be safe. Through four engaging sessions, students will learn and discuss the causes of dating violence, how they can help a friend in an abusive relationship, common gender stereotypes regarding dating violence, and important prevention techniques.

*10.3.9 A, C; 10.3.12, A, C

Interested in a Program?

Prevention programs are key. Let us show your class how to stay safe and treat each other with respect.