Prevention + Outreach
We invest in what people in the field of prevention call “primary prevention” programs. What that means is that we implement programs that target the root causes of child abuse and sexual violence. There is a strong and growing evidence base that tells us we can stop violence, before it happens.
Since collaboration is a core value of our organization, Hopeful Horizons partners with CAPA to form the Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Our mission is to change the cultural norms associated with violence against women and girls by providing primary prevention education to middle, high school and college students in Beaufort and surrounding counties.
The Abuse Prevention Coalition offers the following violence prevention programs:
Men of Strength (MOST) Club
MOST Club is the country’s premier primary violence prevention program for mobilizing young men to prevent sexual and dating violence. It is dedicated to mobilizing male youth to preventing violence against women and girls. The Men of Strength Club, or MOST Club, provides young men with a structured and supportive space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified MOST Club as among the top four gender violence prevention programs in the country.
Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment (WISE) Club
WISE Club provides young women with a structured and supportive space to learn about healthy femininity and redefine what it means to be a strong woman. Challenging the images and “dominant stories” they see in the media, their communities and across the globe, WISE Club encourages young women to look within and become their best selves. By creating safe spaces to discuss difficult issues, like date rape, gender norms, violence and body image issues middle and high school girls increase their level of self-awareness and confidence which ultimately paves the way for healthier life choices.
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Model is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The MVP Model originated in 1993 with the creation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The program is focused on an innovative "bystander" model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. Students learn that there is not simply "one way" to confront violence, but that each individual can learn valuable skills to build their personal resolve and to act when faced with difficult or threatening life situations.
Stewards of Children – Adults Resolving Child Sexual Abuse in Community
Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach. This program is designed to give adults the tools they need to recognize, react responsibly and prevent incidences of child sexual abuse. Hopeful Horizons is an authorized provider of this training. We partner with school districts, faith communities, child care centers and the community at large to bring this program to as many adults as possible. We believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse is the responsibility of adults not children.
Strengthening Families Program (SFP)
SFP is a nationally and internationally recognized evidence based parenting and family-strengthening program. SFP is a 14-week program that grows family skills to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in families. The program is also designed to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen their bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills. The program is focused on families with children ages 6 to 11.
Parent Café is a unique trauma informed and strengths based process in engaging parents, building protective factors, and promoting deep individual self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning. The purpose of Parent Café is to introduce, promote, and build the five Strengthening Families research based Protective Factors through a non-traditional peer-to-peer learning process. The five week program is based on the principles of adult learning and family support and are a gateway to providing parent leadership opportunities. Parent Café has been proven to reduce stress, increase parenting knowledge and skills, build protective factors, facilitate meaningful relationships and bonding, and increase parent leadership.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidence based, real time behavioral parent training program. It is designed for families with children 2.5 to 7 years old who exhibit behavioral problems (i.e. aggression, defiance, ADHD, tantrums). Both caregivers and children participate together in PCIT, which lasts approximately 20 sessions.