Re: Youth as SH Prevention Specialists

Tue, 20 Oct 1998 10:51:16 -0700 (PDT)

One example that we did in Nevada was the state trained two mixed
gender teams of two adult educators and two students from each school
district, each team came primarily from individual schools. The
three day training was presented by Pat Caldwell Harper (an excellent
trainer) from Montana using a combination of McGrath and Flirting or
Hurting materials. Each team received a set of videos and books to go
back and do their own trainings in their districts. From what I
understand, the student trainers were used with students in their schools.
I offered several region-wide trainings after that using the teams trained
from the Las Vegas area. We included the students in the training team
and I believe they were also very effective working with adults too
although they felt a little nervous about this. The only drawback to this
kind of model is that the students moved on to other schools that did not
have trained teams or graduated. Teacher trainers moved to other jobs or
retired. I believe for this to be effective that funds need to be set
aside for continual training of trainers, that it needs to be
school-based, and the school needs to make a commitment to supporting
this concept. Teacher trainers also felt a little nervous about knowing
enough about this topic to present it to their schools. I think this
could be alleviated with good support materials like Thompson Publishing
Group's Educator's Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment and regular
meetings with other school trainers.

I hope this generates some ideas for you. Good luck in your efforts.

Joyce Nelson-Leaf
Educational Equity Resource Center
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-3015
(702) 895-1380

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