Creating a safer community by providing tools and education to adolescents about healthy relationships.

One in three high school students experience either physical or sexual violence, or both, that is perpetrated by someone they are dating or going out with.


Purpose

  • YWCA Spokane Prevention Team was created with the goal of promoting a culture of respect and nonviolence with adolescent youth.
  • Through 1-on-1 and group interactions we are able to cultivate opportunities to develop healthy relationships while preventing possible violent behaviors.
  • We engage, educate, and empower youth to build up lives and communities free from domestic dating violence by offering safety tools and resources.

Anyone Can Be A Victim

  • Approximately 12% of heterosexual high school boys and girls in the US report having been physically victimized by a partner in the previous year.
  • Approximately 13% of LGBTQ adolescent girls and 9% of adolescent boys report experiencing physical violence by a dating partner.
  • Psychological abuse occurs at even higher rates in adolescents, with approximately 20% of heterosexual students, and 29% of LGBTQ students reporting having been psychologically abused by a partner.

Current Prevention Programs and Activities

Y3 YWCA Teens for Healthy Relationships, Empowerment, and Equality

Y3 is an evidence-based curriculum from YWCA Spokane’s Prevention team which engages teens in important conversations about violence prevention, healthy relationships,  leadership skills, and cultural and social influences on behavior and development. Y3 focuses on promoting positive community impact. Between 2018 and 2020, Y3 has been successfully implemented at Rogers High School, Lewis and Clark High School, North Central High School and Medical Lake High School. 

Rogers Mini Group

At Rogers High School, the Prevention Team facilitates a mini group with female students who have been identified by staff and counselors. Over a three week span, the mini group explores a variety of topics related to healthy relationships.   

Coaching Boys into Men

Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based curriculum from Team Up Washington which seeks to prevent violence among young male athletes. As stated on the coaching boys into men website “Over the course of a season, CBIM coaches lead their players through brief weekly activities that address themes such as personal responsibility, respectful behavior, and relationship abuse. Teams are encouraged to involve fans, parents, faculty, other students, and school administrators in support of CBIM’s respect message.” CBIM is currently being taught at Rogers High School with the boys basketball team. In the future, the Prevention Team foresees this program being implemented with male sports teams at Rogers and Medical Lake High Schools.  

Athletes As Leaders

In the future, the Prevention Team is planning to implement Athletes As Leaders, an evidence-based curriculum that mirrors Coaching Boys Into Men, for female athletes in high schools.  

The Bridge-Healthy Relationships 101

The Bridge is a transitional housing center for 18 to 24 year olds who may have previously been homeless. There, the Prevention Team teaches a bi-weekly healthy relationships group where they focus on the definition of intimate partner domestic violence, red flags to be aware of, what you should look for in a partner, and how to build healthy relationships. 

ECEAP Parents

ECEAP is a free comprehensive preschool program for high needs three and four year old children from families living at or below 110% of the Federal Poverty Level. The Prevention Team meets with parents of ECEAP students once a month during a three month period of time to discuss boundaries and consent, gender stereotypes, and healthy relationships. These discussions prepare parents to address these topics and empower their toddlers in these areas, as appropriate. The groups are facilitated at the Downtown, Medical Lake, and West Plains ECEAP locations.

Crosswalk

At Crosswalk, a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, our Youth Advocate connects with kids about healthy relationships during lunch on Tuesdays. There, our Youth Advocate also teaches sessions on emotional self-care in conjunction with Crosswalk’s Life Skills Class. 

Alexandria House

Alexandria House is a transitional living facility for young moms ages 14-24. The Prevention Team connects with these young moms in bi-weekly meetings where they discuss healthy relationships and all that entails. 


Additional YWCA Spokane Youth Services

  • Child & Youth Advocacy
    • Navigating family trauma from exposure to domestic violence.
    • Support with healthy relationships.
    • Referral to local youth-related services.
  • Child & Young Therapy
    • Evidence-Based Therapy
    • Support with healthy relationships.
    • Referral to local youth-related services.
  • Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)
    • Free pre-school education for qualified families with 3-4-year-old children.
    • Includes family support, and health and nutrition services.
  • Transformations Camp
    • Annual summer camp for young women focused on building confidence, identifying strengths and building healthy lasting relationships.

Other Youth Resources


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Prevention Team Contact Information

YWCA Spokane-Prevention Team
930 N Monroe, Spokane WA 99201

Kaylee, YWCA Spokane Lead Prevention Specialist
Emily, YWCA Prevention Specialist