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Community Educators prevent sexual violence in our community by presenting educational programs to students in local schools. Volunteers choose a program track: Safe Touch Educator or Start Strong Educator.

Safe Touch Educators present our “Safe Touch” child sexual abuse prevention programs in local elementary schools. This program teaches children about good, bad, and uncomfortable touches; to trust their instincts; how to “say no, get away, and tell someone;” and to always tell a trusted adult about uncomfortable touches.

Start Strong Educators present our “Start Strong” program to students in local middle and high schools. The mission of this program is to prevent peer-to-peer perpetration of violence among adolescents. To do so, we aim to change cultural norms related to consent, flirting, sexual misconduct, and bystander intervention. These programs are presented over the course of multiple days.

“When people ask me what it’s like volunteering at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, my first response is to say, ‘It’s so much fun!’ People are usually surprised to hear that, of course, but it’s the truth. I am a Community Educator with the OCRCC, and it is a blast.”

Alice, Community Educator

Safe Touch Educators:

Duties
– Present Safe Touch programs to local elementary school students
– Represent the Center by tabling at community events
– Attend in-service training meetings every other month

Commitment
– Complete 39 hours of training
– Present at least 4 programs per month
– 9-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training

Training
– Training will begin in Fall 2018.
Finalized Safe Touch Volunteer Training Schedule for Fall 2018
– Questions? Please contact our Youth Education Coordinator, Aryana Ainolhayat, at Aryana@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

Start Strong Educators:

Duties
– Present Start Strong programs to local middle and high school students
– Represent the Center by tabling at community events
– Attend in-service training meetings every other month

Commitment
– Complete 48 hours of training
– Present at least 4 programs per month
– 9-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training

Training
– Training will begin in Fall 2018.
Tentative Start Strong Volunteer Training Schedule for Fall 2018
– Some sessions are conducted jointly with Companions.
– Training covers a range of topics including social oppression theory, rape culture, date and acquaintance rape, gender socialization, primary prevention, positive youth development, popular education, classroom management, and role plays.
– Questions? Please contact our Prevention Coordinator, Hailey Levia at hailey@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

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