Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV)
Youth Prevention Projects
Teens Resisting Abuse and Initiating Nonviolence (TRAIN) is a violence prevention teen group that meets weekly mid-September to mid-May. TRAIN offers numerous educational and leadership opportunities to any teen 13-19 years old. Over the years TRAIN participants have worked on a variety of innovative projects including a film with local filmmaker, Ellen Frankenstein, dedicated to promoting peace and harmony within the community; a photography project that explored themes of peace, violence, home, and community; and wrote and recorded several public service announcements promoting positive messages about healthy relationships and communities.
Students in TRAIN spent the majority of the fall and winter of 2008/2009 developing a vision and goals for TRAIN. It was and remains important that participants actively play a role in program development. Although not all TRAIN students are able to participate in every project, they are intimately connected to these projects due to their role in laying the foundation.
Tools used in TRAIN to develop a safe space for self-expression and discovery
- ice breakers
- theater games
- writing exercises
Tools used in TRAIN to dissect social issues
- art and collage projects
- power point on beauty and body image
- films about historical change agents
- image theatre
Topics for discussion
- societal violence
- intimate partner violence
- drug and alcohol use
- violence against women
- creating allies
- creating community
- creating healthy relationships
If you or someone you know would like to participate in this program please contact Julia Smith, DELTA Prevention Coordinator, at (907) 747-3370 or email@example.com Please see below for examples of projects created and produced by students in TRAIN.
Group Poems collectively written by TRAIN students.
We need social change because we need to grow as a culture.
Racism needs to change.
The war needs to change.
The concept of our generation needs to change.
I need to change my courage and stand up for what I believe in.
I am unique.
My community is open-minded.
My world is overwhelming at times.
I am confused about my purpose here.
One thing I know for sure is I will always love and be true to myself.
Social Change is…
Social change is equality.
Social change is promoting health and longevity.
Social change is providing opportunities for all, regardless of backgrounds.
Social change is acknowledging societal injustices.
Social change is accepting each other despite our differences.
Social change is taking a risk, breaking down barriers, and challenging ourselves.
Social change is a change in mindset.
Social change is when a community works towards unity, but not uniformity.
Social change is recognizing and valuing progress.
Social change is to awaken from our slumber.
Social change is change, period.
One thing I know for sure is…
One thing I know for sure is that life isn’t perfect.
One thing I know for sure is everything happens for a reason.
One thing I know for sure is I’m okay with flaws.
One thing I know for sure is I am loved.
One thing I know for sure is everything will fall into place and it’s going to be okay.
One thing I know for sure is life is too short for regrets.
One thing I know for sure is I am needed.
One thing I know for sure is I have good friends.
One thing I know for sure is my mom loves me more than her life.
One thing I know for sure is I will never let someone take advantage of me again.
One thing I know for sure is it’s more common than you think.
One thing I know for sure is I am proud of my ethnicity.
One thing I know for sure is I will always love and be true to myself