The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center’s commitment to the safety and well-being of children extends beyond those served at our center. We are proud to offer a wide variety of school-based prevention education programs for children and youth enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12.
Our programs aim to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to stay safe in unsafe and potentially harmful situations. If you are interested in additional information about these programs or how your school can participate in them, please contact Outreach & Education at 315-701-2985 or by completing the form below.
High Five! is a unique, four-week child abuse prevention program, specifically designed to meet the needs of children in grades Pre-K through 2. Children are empowered to listen to their feelings and tell an adult if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe. In addition to working with the students on self-esteem and safety skills, High Five! works alongside teachers, school professionals, and parents to offer a comprehensive program and empower the community to prevent child abuse.
- Module 1: Understanding Feelings and Identifying “Feelings Helpers”
- Module 2: Safety Around Strangers
- Module 3: Rules for Safety
- Module 4: Personal Body Safety
Our Pre-K curriculum is a three-week program consisting of Modules 1, 2, and 4.
High Five! 3-5
High Five! 3-5 is a three-week child abuse prevention program, designed to meet the needs of children in third to fifth grade. In addition to working with the students on self-esteem and safety skills, High Five! 3-5 works alongside teachers, school professionals, and parents to offer a comprehensive program and empower the community to prevent child abuse.
- Module 1: Feelings, Secrets and Trusted Adults
- Module 2: Safe and Unsafe Touch, and How to Handle Unsafe Situations
- Module 3: Safety on the Internet
No Bully Zone
A two-week anti-bullying program designed for students in third through fifth grade. During classroom time, discussions take place on what bullying is and the many forms it can take (including “cyber-bullying”), who’s involved in bullying, and the positive actions students can take to prevent and eliminate bullying in their school. We conclude by having students take a “No Bully Promise” and a copy of this promise is left in their classroom to reinforce the messages from the program.
- Module 1: What’s Bullying, Who’s Involved, and What Can I Do?
- Module 2: Becoming a “Brave Bystander”
This one-time presentation is offered to students in sixth to 12th grade, focusing on what it means to be a responsible “digital citizen.” The program is designed to help young people understand that certain types of communication (strong language, hurtful messages, or inappropriate pictures of themselves or others) can have long-lasting consequences, ranging from social impacts to school disciplinary action to criminal charges.
We are proud to provide this program in collaboration with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.
Safety from Human Trafficking/Exploitation
This program is a one-time, 45-minute prevention curriculum designed to teach 7th-12th grade students how to protect themselves from human trafficking and exploitation. The presentation aims to equip youth with information and skills in a manner that inspires them to make safe choices and utilize healthy support systems.