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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: SafeTouch Educator or StartStrong Educator.

SafeTouch Educators present our “SafeTouch” 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.

StartStrong Educators present our “StartStrong” 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.

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“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

Internship Opportunity: Additionally, we are now accepting applications for a CSA (Child Sexual Abuse) Prevention Intern to assist the Community Education team with the coordination and delivery of our comprehensive, empowerment-based education program in local schools. Duties include presenting programs, preparing program materials, and other tasks as needed throughout the school year. The CSA Prevention Intern must complete all relevant training, which begins in mid-August. Read the full job description for the CSA Prevention Intern. To apply for this unpaid internship position, please submit a description of your relevant work/volunteer experience along with a brief statement of interest via email to Community Education Director Rachel Valentine at rvalentine@ocrcc.org.

SafeTouch Educators:

Duties

– Present SafeTouch 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 four programs per month
– Nine-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training

Training

Safe Touch Educator training will begin on Monday, August 17, 2015. Dates and times will be determined pending volunteer applicant availability.

Apply here by August 3!

Questions? Contact Education Coordinator Alexis Kralic at alexis@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

StartStrong Educators:

Duties

– Present StartStrong 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 four programs per month
– Nine-month commitment to the Center following volunteer training

Training

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. Training is intensive and overlaps significantly with the Companion training.

StartStrong Educator training will begin on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Training sessions are typically held on a weekday and on Saturdays. Dates and times will be determined pending volunteer applicant availability. Please indicate your daytime availability in your application.

Apply here by August 19!

Questions? Contact Prevention Coordinator Dolores Chandler at dolores@ocrcc.org or 919-968-4647.

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