Prevention Education Programs

In a single year, an alarming number of Kentucky students are experiencing bullying, dating violence or sexual violence. We see the violence happening in our schools and teen dating relationships, but it takes more than the actions of one person or age group to put an end to it.

Lotus aims to significantly reduce child abuse and sexual violence by promoting empowerment and resiliency through our Prevention Education Programming for youth, families, programs, and communities.  By reminding us that we all have a responsibility to actively intervene in response to others in pain, Lotus prevention specialists provide both youth and adults with the simple tools for making the everyday choices reflected in our attitudes, words and behaviors which promote safety and communicate intolerance for violence.

If you would like one of these programs taught at your school, church, business or organization, please contact us to set up a time. All services at Lotus are free because of state funding, the generosity of our community and the willingness of volunteers.

Collective Empowerment Program Contact

Lindy Darnell
Lotus Community Engagement & Prevention Coordinator

0
% bullied on school property
0
% experienced physical dating violence
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% experienced sexual violence
*2017 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Pre-K to 5th Grade

MBF Child Safety Matters™

We educate and empower students and adults to prevent, recognize and respond to unsafe situations. This teaching includes discussions on bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse and digital abuse.

Benefits:

  • Based on research and created/reviewed by experts.
  • Educates children, school staff and parents.
  • Improves academic performance.
  • Creates a safer school environment.

Lesson Topics: Two lessons annually per grade level

  • Lesson 1: General Safety and All Types of Child Abuse
  • Lesson 2: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Digital Safety, and Digital Citizenship
Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance Program

We focus the lesson on showing respect for others through kindness, compassion and acceptance by using books, videos and activities.

6th-8th Grade Programs

Shifting Boundaries

Our middle school prevention strategy is a classroom and schoolwide curriculum designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of dating and sexual violence.

Benefits:

  • Increases knowledge and awareness of sexual violence and harassment.
  • Helps students define the meaning of boundaries and the role of boundaries in friendships and dating/romantic relationships.
  • Helps school administrators identify spaces in the school where students feel unsafe and create strategies for making those areas safer.
  • Helps students determine the key elements of a healthy relationship.
  • Promotes non-violent behaviors and intentions in bystanders.
  • Helps students create strategies for intervening when they see boundary violations and interpersonal violence.
Bullying & Bystander Empowerment

This program promotes discussion and problem solving using a presentation and interactive activities over various aspects of bullying.

Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance

We focus on the impact of a positive school environment on students through kindness, compassion, and acceptance by using a presentation and small group activities.

Technology and Internet Safety

We teach students the importance of internet and cell phone safety and how to protect themselves in their daily use. We teach these concepts through videos, books, discussions and activities.

Healthy Relationships

Through activities and discussion students gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

High School Programs

Green Dot High School

Through group and individual activities, team competitions, workbook activities, group discussions, and game playing we equip students to recognize high-risk situations. It helps them identify realistic actions they could take and empower them with proactive behaviors to set non-violent norms inside their school.

Incorporating Green Dot into the culture of high schools is key. The program helps train the “popular opinion leaders” to help disseminate and normalize the idea that violence in not okay and everyone has to do their part.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded a five-year study to evaluate Green Dot in high schools across Kentucky. The study examined bystander intervention in 26 high schools over five years and confirms that Green Dot for High Schools reduces rates of sexual abuse, dating violence, stalking and other interpersonal violence by statistically significant percentages. The study results were published in 2017 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

(Note: Lotus currently works with Calloway County High School and Marshall County High School)
Kindness, Compassion, and Acceptance

We focus on the impact of a positive school environment on students through kindness, compassion, and acceptance by using a presentation and small group activities.

Technology and Internet Safety

We teach students the importance of internet and cell phone safety and how to protect themselves in their daily use. We teach these concepts through videos, books, discussions and activities.

Healthy Relationships

Through activities and discussion teens gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

College Programming

Consent 101

We cover the four components of sexual consent (clear, coherent, willing, ongoing) and what that looks like in everyday scenarios.

Healthy Relationships

Through activities and discussion participants gain skills to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective communication and healthy boundaries in relationships, and resources for help and support.

Lotus Overview

This presentation gives an overview of Lotus’s mission, three main programs, and how to access valuable resources and services.  We also empower participants to spark and create lasting change in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Adult/Community Programs

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children

Darkness to Light is an evidence-based prevention education program for child sexual abuse. This training educates and empowers adults on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Lotus Overview

This presentation gives an overview of Lotus’s mission, three main programs, and how to access valuable resources and services.  We also empower participants to spark and create lasting change in our families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Strengthening Families

In order to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, Lotus is implementing prevention education programming based on the Strengthening Families framework.  One of the most widely recognized, research-based prevention approaches developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Strengthening Families seeks to promote protective factors and decrease risk factors.  It’s based on engaging families, programs and communities in building 5 protective factors:

  1.  Parental Resilience: Managing stress and functioning well even when faced with challenges, adversity, and trauma.
  2. Social Connections: Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental, and spiritual support.
  3. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development.
  4. Concrete Support in Times of Need: Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and helps minimize stress caused by challenges.
  5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children:  Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate emotions, and establish and maintain relationships.

Lotus is collaborating with other community partners to host Parent Cafes which are discussion based groups led by approved facilitators.  During cafes, Parents and caregivers engage in supportive discussions focusing on strengthening the 5 protective factors and are encouraged to hold positive leadership roles, promoting pro-social interactions which strengthen individual families and the entire community.

“I have partnered with Lotus on many occasions with their prevention and outreach programs and believe these efforts are the only way to impact and stop sexual violence.”

Detective Angel Clere, Murray PD