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Prepare Workshops for parents & kids

posted Sep 1, 2014, 6:03 PM by Michael T. Rose   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 9:55 AM by Alice Hyatt ]

Hannalina Hoover’s Mitzvah Project:
Violence Prevention for Adults and Kids

Space is limited, so reserve your spots TODAY by calling (718) 282-1596 or emailing

Saturday, September 6, 2:00-5:00 pm             $25/person
1 session, for adults who parent or work with children
Prepare’d Parent and Caregiver Workshop
Prepare'd Parent and Caregiver Workshop is a 3-hour program geared towards educating adults so they can help keep kids safe. Created in collaboration with Carolyn Meyer-Wartels, LCSW-R, the Workshop is perfect for anyone who parents, teaches, coaches or otherwise engages with children (especially young kids). We'll cover replacing myth with fact, how to improve your risk assessment and intuition skills, what you need to know and what you can model and teach your children to help them build protective factors and reduce vulnerabilities. Interactive verbal exercises and problem solving scenarios, including how to have difficult conversations with adults, make this a dynamic and invaluable program.
(If you need childcare, please let Rabbi Hoover know and she can help with those arrangements.)

September 13 and 20, 2:00-5:00 pm (must attend both)              $60/child
Prepare Kids’ class (1st through 5th grade, mixed gender)
Students learn how to:
• recognize danger from a distance and be more aware of their environment
• use street-smart behavior including body language and non verbal communication to avoid being targeted for assault
• verbally set limits, activate a bystander, and get adult help
• recognize the stages of progressive boundary violation that can result in unwanted touch with someone you know
• how to self advocate in the face of mean words and put downs
• promote healthy friendships and peer to peer communication
• effectively use active physical resistance to stop an assault.

Promoting empowerment, self reliance, and leadership
• Our workshops are designed to empower students and enhance their personal safety. Skills are taught using real life scenarios that recreate the type of challenges that children and teenagers are likely to encounter.
• Our approach to education emphasizes better communication skills as the foundation for personal safety. Students learn how to recognize and protect their emotional and physical integrity by practicing communication skills to express difficult thoughts and feelings. Students learn through success and gain confidence in their ability to handle themselves in challenging situations.
• Our hands-on teaching methodology emphasizes practice in realistic role-playing scenarios.  By rehearsing in a safe environment, students experience what it feels like to stand up for themselves in a wide variety of uncomfortable situations. They become comfortable and adept at saying, “No” when they mean no and saying, “Yes” when they mean yes.

Your cost for these classes is dramatically discounted, as they are underwritten by Hannalina Hoover, who raised the funds as her mitzvah project for her bat mitzvah in January 2014. Checks may be made out to Heidi Hoover.