School ProgrammingSchool districts, colleges and universities, and programs providing service to children and youth are eligible to receive free programming which promote nonviolence and conflict resolution.
The primary goal of Crisis Center North’ school programming is to interrupt the cycle of violence in our community by teaching youth effective skills to identify healthy vs. unhealthy relationships; handle risk factors associated with violence; and outline available resources for support.
Programming includes identifying types of abusive behavior; risks associated with relationship violence; and the impact violence has on society. Topics include: conflict resolution; dating violence/healthy relationships; anger management; and/or bullying/relational aggression.
All programs utilize a variety of teaching methods including: lecture, videos, role-plays, discussion, and support activities. Students also receive educational support materials such as Crisis Center North brochures, safety cards, etc.
Through Crisis Center North’s program, students become aware of healthy lifestyles and the availability of community support. Contact Crisis Center North’s Prevention Educator at 412-364-6728 for programs.
A highlight of Crisis Center North’s program is its curricular focus on optimistic bias. Optimistic bias offers an explanation as to why some individuals believe that they are less likely to be a victim of crime than others. Crisis Center North is the first to utilize this concept in not only a non-profit setting, but in violence prevention work.
Gathered through a collaborative research relationship with Dr. John Chapin and Penn State University, survey results summarized Northern Allegheny County students' attitudes on violence. Crisis Center North’s program has been proven to lower students' optimistic bias levels. Findings indicate that not only do students understand the concepts presented, but they are more likely to act on the information that they receive when they believe it is possible that they could be a victim of domestic violence.
Community ProgrammingProfessional and community organizations may request and participate in educational programs. These programs are designed to address the basic concepts of domestic violence; how to recognize the signs, respond to a survivor, and how to refer for help; and the impact of domestic violence on the workplace, community, children, etc. Programs also highlight Crisis Center North’s services and volunteer opportunities.
All programs are free of charge; however donations are accepted. Contact Crisis Center North’s Volunteer Coordinator at 412-364-6728 to schedule programming.