Youth Education

The Prevention and Education Team provides a variety of youth centered education throughout The Purple Door’s 12-county service region. In Corpus Christi alone, The Purple Door has collaborative partnerships with four major public-school districts and several alternative schools. During October’s Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2019, the P&E team reached over 3,000 students in discussing how to recognize and challenge domestic violence and sexual assault. All education provided is FREE of charge and meets Section 37.0831 of the Texas Education Code requiring school districts to implement a dating violence policy.

One of our community educators providing information about prevention at the Seashore Middle Academy health fair!

Youth Leadership Presentation: These one-time presentations are provided during class instruction where a teacher/coach is present (ex: physical education, health, social studies). The P&E team has a variety of topics from recognizing teen dating violence, discussing healthy relationships, consent and boundaries, and challenging harmful social norms to become active youth leaders in the prevention movement. All youth presentations are built to meet the cognitive and development levels of K-12th grade – elementary school topics focus on respect, peaceful conflict resolution, and empathy.

Primary Prevention Educational Seminars: An educational seminar series of facilitated dialogues aimed at preventing violence over the course of a semester with the same group of students. These discussions are hosted during class instruction where a teacher/coach is present (ex: physical education, health, social studies). The Primary Prevention curriculum addresses the following protective factors: gender equality, empathy, peaceful conflict resolution, building positive connections to adult influencers and the community, and challenging harmful social norms to become active youth leaders in the prevention movement. The Primary Prevention Program is designed to meet the cognitive and development levels of 6-12th grade.

Our Prevention and Education team held a Pop-up Prevention at Del Mar College during DVAPM 2019

Youth Lunch Campaign: Interactive educational tabling during the school’s designated lunch periods. The P&E team aims to engage youth in simple exercises that challenge harmful social norms while providing information about The Purple Door’s agency services.

Staff Professional Training: Training can be delivered to educational and administrative staff in order to increase professional knowledge of working directly or indirectly with youth victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and youth perpetrators of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Topics can also increase professional knowledge on recognizing teen dating violence, domestic and sexual violence, and The Purple Door’s services.

Parent/Guardian Presentation: The P&E team will coordinate with all schools to deliver parent and/or guardian centered presentations on the topics of recognizing teen dating violence, how to talk with your children about domestic and sexual violence, and The Purple Door’s agency services.

Pop- up Prevention Discussion: These free, quickly coordinated youth-centered discussion spaces are facilitated by the P&E team. They provide students a safe space to discuss difficult topics and an invitation to join the prevention movement. The P&E team provides challenging topics to encourage students to lead the conversation. If you are a school who would like to host our team for a Pop-up Prevention Discussion, don’t hesitate to contact us at p_e@purpledoortx.org to further coordinate.