RISE offers intensive prevention education programming for youth, ages 12 to 20, in San Luis Obispo County. These programs, called MyStrength and HerPower, are 10 to 16 weeks long and provide in-depth education, support, peer-mentoring and leadership development through the exploration of sexual assault/abuse, relationship violence, stalking and bullying.
WHAT ARE MYSTRENGTH AND HERPOWER GROUPS?
MyStrength and HerPower are prevention programs and provide group members with an in-depth discussion and analysis of violence. MyStrength Groups serve to assist in the development of young men, by engaging them in discussion-based activities that encourage social awareness. The goals of this program include increasing mens’ capacity for healthy relationships, leadership skills, and personal responsibility. Groups foster healthy interactions with others by modeling and practicing respectful behavior. HerPower empowers young women to use their mind, voice, and body to avoid sexual assault and unhealthy relationships. We use a comprehensive curriculum to increase individual levels of sexual assault awareness, assertiveness, and self-esteem. Participants challenge stereotypical expectations of what it means to be a ‘woman’ and celebrate the right to maintain power over their own mind and body.
WHERE DO MYSTRENGTH AND HERPOWER GROUPS TAKE PLACE?
RISE has established groups for young men and women at a number of high schools and community organizations in the San Luis Obispo County. Groups can also be implemented in other settings: correctional facilities, college campuses, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.
HOW LONG DO PROGRAMS LAST?
Small groups of 5 to 20 young men or women meet weekly. Groups meet for 45 to 75 minutes over a period of 10 to 16 weeks.