This week I wanted to take the opportunity to showcase a curriculum that the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault sometimes utilizes in our youth anti-violence education. We have a variety of different programs that we utilize when developing programs and lesson plans, however, not all of them address LGBTQ specific bullying. Unfortunately this is a subset of sexual violence that is often neglected by anti-violence education.
Second Step‘s middle school curriculum is a lot like other programs. It deals with issues like peer pressure, bullying (both face-to-face and cyber) and substance abuse. It also works to help students develop healthy anger management and coping skills. However, this curriculum is unique in that it has a specific concentration on peer-to-peer bullying that relates to LGBTQ students or that uses anti-LGBTQ sentiment as foundation. To learn more about curriculum you can view this video. You can also visit this website to learn about other LGBTQ youth curricula.
If you are interested in learning more about RCASA’s Second Step curriculum or about our agency’s prevention work in general please call Kristin Harding at 540-371-6771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.