As an essential part of our mission, our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator Brandolyn Fluke works collaboratively with local school districts, educational programs and community agencies to help prevent the occurrence of violence and to educate the community about the dynamics of violence.
In collaboration with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and the Providence School Department, Brandolyn facilitated the "Young Women's Lives" program for 25 young people enrolled in PASA’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) during the spring semester.
This 10-week program offers students an opportunity to earn graduation credits for learning that takes place beyond the classroom with a focus on building relevant real-world skills. As part of Young Women's Lives, this multidisciplinary curriculum included topics about healthy relationships, positive self-esteem, body image, masculinity and femininity, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, racism/sexism/oppression and the impact of technology and social media.
According to Brandolyn’s students, HUB Expanded Learning Opportunities and Young Women’s Lives earned an A+ for “their instructor and the exciting topics that allowed them to discuss issues that were important to them, especially the impact of technology and social media on their self image”.
The 10-week program culminated with Demo Day in May, which provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their projects and demonstrate what they learned during the semester. Following their presentations, the students, ELO providers, facilitators and panel celebrated with refreshments and lively conversations about the past semester and plans for the summer.
While “school’s out for summer”, the lessons they learned continue. Many of the students said they plan to read books from Brandolyn’s book list, while others mentioned that they’ll take time to figure out what they want to do with their lives, develop a personal plan for healthy living, and become better friends with women in their families.
In addition to PASA and Providence schools, Brandolyn worked with Year-Up Providence, City Year Rhode Island, local school districts and community agencies, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern New England and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence during this past academic year.
Our collaborative partnerships enable us to reach out to hundreds of youth each year by providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to recognize and avoid harmful behaviors associated with unhealthy relationships, identify healthy relationships and develop effective communication and conflict resolution skills.