Our Solutions to Violence programs provide empowerment-based services to strengthen and support survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes. We also provide prevention and education services for groups, schools, and the community about child abuse prevention and teen assault awareness.
Now Accepting Applications:
LOVE IS RESPECT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Community Solutions' Solutions to Violence program is currently seeking 10-15 youth leaders from South Santa Clara County to participate in a six-month Love Is Respect Leadership Program build on driving change in their communities.
We need passionate, energetic, hardworking and driven youth to provide input, plan community outreach events, and create change in their communities.
(The application deadline has been extended)
Questions? Email or call Erica Elliot at
Erica.Elliott@communitysolutions.org or 408-776-6246.
Healthy Teen Relationships Campaign
of South Santa Clara County 2015
The Healthy Teen Relationships Campaign is a comprehensive program designed to increase knowledge and skills for building healthy relationships among young people ages 11-17 through evidence-based programming, youth mobilization and social marketing strategies. The Campaign is part of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s broader Violence Prevention Social Marketing Initiative which seeks to: prevent bullying behavior; change social norms regarding the perceived certainty of violence; promote healthy relationships.
As part of this campaign, In Touch With Teens, an evidence-informed healthy relationships prevention curriculum, will be presented at Briton Middle School, Live Oak High School and Christopher High School.
Healthy Relationship Prevention Curriculum:
The In Touch With Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum will be presented by Community Solutions. The program will one hour each week for the duration of 8-10 weeks. The program will have two staff facilitating conversations and interactive learning exercises around identifying unhealthy relationships, sexual harassment, and creating healthy relationships.
Community Solutions’ Solutions to Violence Division promotes awareness and understanding of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We have provided Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) and Teen Assault Awareness Program (TAAP) programming since 1983 in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. For the past two years, Community Solutions has utilized the In Touch With Teens curriculum in local high schools. Evaluations of the programs have shown that students are able to apply the skills they learned in class to intervene with fellow classmates, increase in self-esteem, and develop a better understanding of healthy relationships.
As a result of the In Touch with Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum teens will:
1. Help to define and identify healthy relationships;
2. Recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy relationships
3. Learn problem-solving skills surrounding relationship (intimate or
4. Target roots of low self-esteem and develop measures toward
building stronger esteem
5. Recognize their responsibilities as bystanders and learn how to
advocate for violence-free relationships
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Kids who either are bullied or who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
Bullying behaviors are usually aggressive in nature and usually include aspects of the following.
First, there is an imbalance of power. Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. Next, bullying behaviors generally happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically, verbally, or though digital technologies, and/or excluding someone from a group on purpose.
It is important to talk to school-aged children about bullying. 9 out of 10 students say there is bullying in their schools, and also report that 4 out of 5 bullying incidents occur at school. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.
There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:
•The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
•The 2008–2009 School Crime Supplement