Books stacked in precarious piles, surrounded by faded boxes filled with papers and binders full of information—to the naked eye it looks like chaos. However, there is a certain purpose in the general clutter. In fact, the materials act as a timeline. They detail the transition that Turning Points Network’s education curriculum has taken over the years.
Over twenty years ago, Turning Points Network started building relationships with schools in Sullivan County. With only one part-time educator this was no small task. She attended anti-bullying trainings and began the work of creating comprehensive programing for schools based on Nan Stein’s “Bullyproof.” A few years later, she was joined by another educator.
Today, the curriculum continues to change shape and form. Our educators constantly look for the best ways to teach with the most engaging stories and activities. From Body Safety and Connect with Respect to Healthy Dating Relationships and Sexual Violence & Consent, they are always perfecting the curriculum.
Each school year, then, the program is a little different. It is a little more engaging. It has a slightly different script. It is more tailored and updated. The final result from hours and hours of ceaseless editing—cutting edge material that is specific to Sullivan County. So where does that leave us currently?
We’re shifting gears yet again, because we want to offer the best curriculum possible. Thus, we are pleased to announce that we will start to incorporate information from Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Vermont (PCAVT). PCAVT offers the best of both worlds, in that it is based on concrete evidence and it prevents victimization AND perpetration. As part of the curriculum we will continue to teach empathy to students and promote anti-bullying messages but we’re going to do it in a slightly different way.
Returning to the overflowing piles of books, they seem to tell a different story. They tell part of Turning Points Network’s journey. More than that, the books demonstrate our underlying commitment to helping children and young adults in our community. For over twenty years, we have tried to make our community safer for its youngest members, and we will continue to do that for years to come!
OUR TURN is a public service series made available by Turning Points Network in celebration of its 40th anniversary of providing violence-prevention education programs in our schools, services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and helping people move from the darkness of abuse toward the light of respect, healing and hope. For information contact 1 (800) 639-3130 or www.turningpointsnetwork.org or find us on Facebook.