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Community Education

YWCA Kalamazoo is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships through engaging presentations rooted in the empowerment model, bystander intervention, and violence prevention. Using videos, open and honest dialogue, and interactive learning experiences, the YWCA Healthy Relationships Presentation Series aims to raise awareness, build personal and collective responsibility, and provide skills to challenge violence throughout our lives and community.

These presentations, or a combination of them, are available upon request for any school, college, group, organization, event, or business in the community.

Please contact our Community Educator, Demetrias Wolverton at dwolverton@ywcakalamazoo.org, for further information or to schedule a presentation.

YWCA Kalamazoo offers 5 Healthy Relationships presentations:

Very Important People (VIP)

This presentation is recommended for 1st through 3rd grade students. Topics covered include: an introduction to private parts and boundaries, saying NO!, reporting inappropriate touches and bad secrets to trusted adults. Every participant will receive a YWCA VIP coloring book.

Middle School Healthy Relationships

A basic introduction to boundaries, healthy relationships and dating recommended for middle school students. Students will learn tips for creating healthy foundations for relationships, warning signs of abuse and how to help a friend in an unhealthy dating relationship. Emphasis on digital/online dating abuse.

Building Boundaries/Social Media Safety

This presentation is recommended for middle and high school students. Topics include: identifying healthy and unhealthy characteristics within relationships, building and respecting boundaries and social media safety.

Introduction to Sexual Assault and Rape Culture

This presentation is a basic introduction to violence within relationships and the central role of power and control. Recommended for high school and above.

Introduction to Dating and Domestic Violence

This presentation is a basic introduction to violence within relationships and the central role of power and control. It is recommended for high school and above.