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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“Then, after a few days when I started to get used to my new home, staff members offered me services and took me around town. They helped me do things such as file a PFA – a protection from abuse order, sign up for welfare and child support and even obtain a lawyer.”