StartStrong Curriculum

The StartStrong program consists of multi-session programs for adolescents in middle and high school. We use an evidence-informed primary prevention model to empower students to stand against sexual violence in their schools and communities. The sessions build on one another and are not designed to be offered separately. Programs meet national and school standards for personal safety education.

StartStrong Programs

Flirting, Not Hurting
Ages 11-14 | 50 minutes each session
This four-session program addresses sexual harassment and bullying by modeling healthy relationships. We build skills for prevention by recognizing harassment; understanding verbal and nonverbal communication of boundaries; developing empathy for victims and accountability for harassers; thinking critically about media representations of flirting, harassment, and gender stereotypes; and empowering students with strategies for intervention.

Only Yes Means Yes
Ages 14-18 | 50 minutes each session
This two-session program promotes skills for seeking and assessing consent. With a comprehensive definition of sexual assault and consent, we build skills for prevention by understanding verbal and nonverbal communication of boundaries and by critically assessing challenges to consent such as alcohol use, emotional manipulation, and more. An optional third session builds empathy and support skills for survivors while practicing strategies for holding peers accountable when they demonstrate inappropriate behaviors and attitudes.

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