Prevention Education Programs

In a single year, an alarming amount 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 Collective Empowerment is our division dedicated to educating all age groups of how to not only respond to violence, but tools to prevent it. We are a collective who believes we can spark change and spread hope. Our prevention programs are research based and set up for all age groups to learn and take part in changing our current culture.

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 and Prevention Coordinator

0
% bullied on school property
0
% experienced physical dating violence
0
% 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 violence 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.

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.

College Programming

Consent 101

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

Lotus Overview

This presentation informs participants of what services Lotus offers to the Purchase Area and how to access resources from clinical, educational and outreach standpoints. We also show them how to get involved in creating a safer campus and community through bystander empowerment.

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 informs participants of what services Lotus offers to the Purchase Area and how to access resources from clinical, educational and outreach standpoints. We also show them how to get involved in creating a safer campus and community through bystander empowerment.

“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