Elementary Prevention Initiative for Children (EPIC)

With over a decade of experience working with youth survivors and their peers to end abuse and intimate partner violence, Day One is expanding its violence prevention education to include students in grades K-5.

The Elementary Prevention Initiative for Children (EPIC!) provides workshops to students in grades K-5, as well as the influential adults in their lives, through partnerships with NYC public schools and community organizations. EPIC student workshops provide young people with the foundational skills and knowledge to build healthy and safe relationships throughout their lives. Adult trainings and workshops provide educators and caregivers with tools to support the young people they care about as they navigate relationships and build healthy communities. Workshops are tailored to the specific needs of each school or classroom community and include interactive activities that engage a variety of learning styles.

Student workshop topics include:

  • Identifying Emotions and Practicing Empathy

  • Managing Strong Emotions and Practicing Mindfulness

  • Building Healthy Relationships and Being a Good Friend

  • Practicing Respect and Being an Upstander

  • Practicing Consent, Setting Boundaries, Respecting “No” and Apologizing

  • LGBTQ Spectrum: Celebrating Ourselves and Supporting Our Friends

  • Unpacking Gender Norms in Relationships

  • Healthy Selves and Healthy Communities

Professionals trainings and caregiver workshops are tailored for each audience, and can include information on the following topics:

  • Supporting Healthy Relationship Development in Children as Violence Prevention

  • Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms

  • Starting Conversations about Healthy Relationships with Young Children

  • Creating Consent Culture in the Classroom

  • Youth Empowerment and Supporting Children’s Agency

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Students and Families

  • Supporting Child Witnesses and Survivors of Violence

Io schedule a workshop, or to discuss any questions about EPIC program offerings, please contact Jett Bachman at jbachman@dayoneny.org.

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