To prioritize the health and safety of prevention participants and our staff, The Blue Bench is currently limiting its offerings to a virtual version of our high school program, Uniting in Action: Creating a Culture to Prevent Sexual Violence. Please take a moment to fill out this form and tell us about your interest in our programming. We will be in touch soon!
Part of the Solution: Preventing Sexual Violence and Supporting Survivors is provided to all new arrivals at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility (every Monday and Thursday). Led by The Blue Bench’s Prevention Specialists and co-facilitated with Peer Educators -- women currently incarcerated at DWCF who are part of the Peer Educator program – participants learn about their rights and protections under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The workshop was designed to address the fact that sexual violence happens both within and outside of incarceration settings, and everyone can contribute to a culture in which sexually violent behaviors are recognized, perpetrators are stopped and survivors are supported. It provides an opportunity for participants to learn about dynamics of sexual violence, consent, force and coercion, and ways those dynamics can be uniquely impacted by the incarceration setting. Participants also increase knowledge about impacts of trauma, strategies for self-care while incarcerated, how to help a friend who has been affected, resources available through The Blue Bench and Department of Corrections and reporting options.
As an approved practitioner of the Empower Youth Program, The Blue Bench is proud to bring this curriculum to metro-Denver area teens. This has included programs at the Gilliam Youth Services Center and the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center.
iEmpathize is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to combating crimes against children with a mission to evoke empathy and empower people to eradicate child exploitation. The Empower Youth Program was first developed in 2011 to address the great need for prevention programming with at-risk youth. Through collaborative efforts with survivors of human trafficking, experts in the field of education and educational psychology, law enforcement, and victim advocacy experts, iEmpathize developed content that addresses issues of child exploitation without sensationalizing the concepts. By inspiring students to develop empathy for those around them, the curriculum distinguishes itself as an exploitation awareness tool as well as a character education program with far-reaching transformative potential for your school, classroom, or youth program.