Organization Name: Family Violence Project

Program Name: School-Based Education

Program Contact: Pamela Morin, Interim Director
Email: pmorin@familyviolenceproject.org     Phone: (207) 620-9050

UWMM has funded this program for 0 years.

Amount Requested: $15000
Is this an increase from what your program received for the current funding cycle? 
Did not receive funding from UWMM for this year

Twenty-five word summary of this program’s purpose:

Our School Based Programs help students make responsible decisions, have healthy relationships, know how to help themselves or others and raise awareness about domestic violence.

How your program is uniquely important to the community:

Family Violence Project is an independent, non-profit organization committed to educating the community about domestic abuse while encouraging the development of healthy relationships. We are the only domestic violence agency serving Somerset and Northern Kennebec Counties. We offer age-appropriate presentations which focus on topics ranging from sharing to healthy and unhealthy behaviors in dating relationships. With statistics from loveisrespect.org showing that “1 in 3” adolescents in the United States will experience physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and that only 33% of teens who were in a relationship with a partner who used violent tactics ever told anyone about the abuse. Education and awareness is tremendously significant in preventing violence. The Abuse Prevention Program educator works with youth in high schools served by United Way of Mid Maine. The educator also provides consultation and training for adults who teach, administer, or support within the educational milieu, with the goals of assisting with systematic responses to teen dating violence and specific youth challenges including “sexting,” bullying, and supporting children who live with and/or witness abuse. They will continue to provide support and education around issues related to abuse for LGBTQ students and will provide classroom-based presentations on teen dating violence. The Educator meets with students and school personnel through a variety of school-based activities and groups; thus, ensuring that a wide swath of the population is aware of FVP presence, purpose, and services/supports offered. Educational materials, including print and electronic media are often distributed using delivery methods that reach a youth audience. School teachers continue to provide some of the most significant feedback around the presentations and educational groups. Teachers are afforded a unique opportunity to observe the presenter for strengths and challenges in delivering the material. The relationship forged between the educator and the classroom teacher ensures the needs of the youth for support and education are consistently met and given the highest priority.

Program Updates

Since last report (or in past two years):

Family Violence Project was unable to replace a long time educator for a couple of years, due to funding restraints. The school based educator in this position at this time has been in the position for about two years. The educator has continued to add new school’s to the roster, with regular attendance in a few schools. When we first began offering school-based education some schools were reluctant to allow us into their classrooms for fear that our presentations would “open a can of worms” of which they were unprepared to deal; or,we were informed that the school :had none of the issues.” We are no longer there, we receives requests for the school-based educator and the educator has established string relationships with a number of schools. Through relationship building and the demonstration of program efficacy we are pleased to say that some of our strongest allies are local educational systems and those that work with them. The schools that thee educator provided service to this year:

Expected in the coming year:

In the upcoming year, the Northern Kennebec and Somerset County School Based Prevention and Awareness Educator will continue providing youth focused presentations, while trying to meet the needs of the identified under/unserved population. Teachers are being tasked with educating students with a significant amount of material though designed curriculums. The affect this is having in the classroom with amount of materials needed to be covered in a short amount of time, is that teachers are unable to allot time for outside presenters. Teachers are having to choose what or who fits within the rubric. The educator will continue to present in schools that she has regular contact with and will reach out to offer services to more schools. In Northern Kennebec and Somerset Counties there are over 50+ schools, and Family Violence Project has one school based Prevention and Awareness Educator to cover those counties. We have a focus on high schools for now. Due to limited staff capacity grades Pre-K – 8th have been identified as an underserved population. However, as time allows we do participate in school activities such as; health fairs, awareness days, as well as work one on one with student’s as requested.

Outcome your program most contributes to:
Health: All individuals in Mid-Maine are in safe and healthy environments with access to health supports and services.

How program contributes:
Increases access/reduces barriers to direct services

Define your year: Oct 1-September 30

How much did we do? 400 (Total number served)

How well did we do it?

Performance measure: Percent of clients satisfied/very satisfied with service received
Most recent year’s data: 100%
Previous year’s data: 100%

What was the difference made?

Performance measure: Percent of students/clients demonstrating new knowledge in relevant areas
Most recent year’s data: 100%
Previous year’s data: 100%

Action Plan

Objectives for current year:

1. Continue working with schools and communities in Northern Kennebec and Somerset Counties by providing presentations, information, and support around domestic violence and safety. 2. Implement school based focus groups within Northern Kennebec and Somerset County to identify and address the culture of the school. 3. Work one on one with students, who are or have experienced abuse by their partner. 4. Continue to develop and implement effective presentations.

Objectives and results from last year:Success Stories

After a “Healthy Relationship” presentation the educator had a 16 yo male ask to speak with me after class. He stated “he was worried that he abused his ex-girlfriend” and wanted help. He was worried because the things I presented as abusive tactics, he had used on his ex. For the past 4 weeks I have been meeting with this young man at his high school to listen and connect with him to understand his believes. This was his first girlfriend and he felt they were completely in love. When she was not showing the same passion and love for him, he started to use abusive tactics. He had never been shown or talked to about relationships, equality, or boundaries so after my presentation is when he really thought about it. The educator had been meeting and talking about power and control vs equality in a relationship, what qualities one might want from another person and boundaries. He is doing really hard work by being accountable for his actions and addressing his behaviors. He also is seeking assistance from the school social worker to make a connection for counseling. Each week he continues to meet with me to examine his belief system and how it affects him as well as others. The goal is for him to address his behaviors so that one day he can be in an equal and safe partnership. Another example of impact is when the educator received a call from a local school about a teen that went to guidance after my Healthy Relationships presentation. Per the students request the school called me to come in to talk with the student. The student stated that she had reviewed the power and control and the equality wheel that I had handed out and had questions about it. We went over the power and control wheel as well as the equality wheel and she stated, “I am worried for my mom’s safety”. She identified over 5 abusive tactics her mother’s boyfriend is using. The educator had met with this student one on one at the school over ten times. During our time together she was able to recognize and name the abusive tactics being used, planned for her safety, planned how to respectfully communicate her concerns to her mother, reviewed resources such as books as well as FVP services. The outcome of the Healthy Relationships presentation and the student reaching out was that she respectfully communicated her concerns to her mother, who did reach out and is working with an advocate; the student has awareness of abusive tactics and knows where to turn to talk in a safe environment. Also, during the first meeting with the student and the guidance counselor, the student told her story and mentioned that her mother and mother’s boyfriend had gone to couples counseling. The guidance counselor stated that is what she would have recommended. This was a great opportunity for education and awareness. I spoke to both about the dynamics of domestic violence and couples counseling when a partner chooses to use abusive tactics.

Previous Year Actual Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
40500 0 0 0 0 40500

Total Actual Expenditures: $40500

Current Year Budgeted Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
25500 15000 0 0 0 40500

Total Budgeted Expenditures: $40500

Anything remarkable about your program’s budget:

The School-Based Educator has been funded through a grant with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services which provides about 50% of our total funding.Because the grant does not increase from year to year, rising costs mean we cannot afford to do everything we have been doing and must make choices of what we will get cut UWMM funding would give us enough to ensure the program continues.

 
What else you’d like reviewers to know:

Through collaboration and training, Family Violence Project and Sexual Assault and Support Crisis Center, is able to provide education and support to youth within Northern Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Education and support to youth is achieved in the following ways; school presentations, one on one advocacy, health fairs, community events, administering the My Life My Choice curriculum for identified at risk girls, as well as being the voice of youth in the community and task forces.

 

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