SAVE4

The mission of SAVE4 is to decrease the potential for violence in schools and communities by promoting meaningful student involvement, education, and service opportunities in efforts to provide safer environments for learning.  SAVE4 promotes peer facilitation and mentoring.  The goals of SAVE4 are to:

  • Engage students in meaningful violence prevention efforts within their school and community;
  • Empower youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide service to their community and school;
  • Encourage positive peer influences within the school and community through violence prevention efforts;
  • Educate students about the effects and consequences of violence as well as safe activities for students, parents, and the community.

Teachers in the Prevention Education Department at the Crisis Shelter work with students in Lawrence County schools along with their advisors and counselors to establish clubs.  Students, with guidance from Crisis Shelter teachers, then facilitate their own meetings and mentor younger students, helping them to form their own clubs.

Students host self defense demonstrations and presentations on child abuse for parents as well as making videos on anti-bullying, creating skits and posters with an anti-violence theme.

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“I enrolled back in college and have been named to the Dean’s List each semester. I am working toward a degree in Social Work, so that one day I can look into the teary eyes of a broken woman and tell her without hesitation that she can have the life she dreams about; she can live without fear; she can find the strength to do it, because I too, was once a teary-eyed, broken woman who found help at the Crisis Shelter.”