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Prevention Perspective: July 2021

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“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change…” – Dr. Bruce Perry

In the violence prevention world, we put a lot of time and effort into educating young people and building individual skills. We love our lesson plans and curriculum, going into classrooms and facilitating groups. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely enjoy educating these young people, and knowing that the skills we are teaching can be directly applied to their lives and relationships.

However, this is not the whole picture of violence prevention. And in fact, our work is about more than just teaching lessons and building skills, what we are really trying to do in the spaces we work within is build rapport, trust and relationships. In some cases, a young person has a great family and support system, and I can be there to guide them to information and resources. In other cases, it is clear that a young person may have never had a safe, supportive adult in their life. And in those cases, I can play an even more important role. I can model a healthy adult/youth relationship built on trust and mutual respect. I can build them up and reassure them that they are valued, worthy and deserving of healthy and safe relationships even if that is something they have never seen or had before. I can keep showing up for them, even (or sometimes especially) if they mess up or make a mistake. 

The relationships we make in our day-to-day lives matter. We can’t always know the long-term impacts we have on those around us, but we do know that having safe and supportive adults can help protect young people from violence. Is there a child in your life (niece, student, neighborhood kid) that may look to YOU as that safe, supportive adult?

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Sep 27

2021

Live at Lunch Monday

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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Oct 01

2021

DVAM Press Conference & Community Kick-off Event

More information coming soon. Contact outreach@wcaboise.org for more information.

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Oct 03

2021

2021 SueB 5K 10K

                2021 SueB 5K/10K 2021 marks the 12th annual SueB 5K 10K and continues to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby. As a virtual event so we can support survivors and victims of domestic violence both locally and globally. The event will kick off on October 3, […]

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Oct 13

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

October 13, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Oct 15

2021

Lunch & Learn with Bre 10.15.21

Our lunch and learn sessions are an opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve. Our Philanthropy Specialist, Bre, will share an overview of our services, the clients we serve, and our current needs. Bring your lunch and any questions you might have to this monthly virtual chat with Bre.

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Oct 20

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

October 20, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 04

2021

Virtual Talk to Your Teen Presentation

November 4, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 10

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

November 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 17

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

November 17, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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