Child Abduction Prevention Education Program
1. Goals and Objectives of the Proposed Project:
The School District is strongly committed to promoting the capacity of students to meet and exceed the New York State Learning Standards for Health and Wellness. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that one in four our girls and one in seven boys will be molested by the age of eighteen. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that last year 32,000 involuntary abductions occurred. As part of our overarching commitment to keep children safe and ultimately empower and promote health and wellness, we seek funding to integrate a comprehensive child safety program into our current curriculum. The goal of this proposed project is to reduce the likelihood that children in the School District will be lost, abducted or molested by providing educators, staff, parents, and children with carefully designed educational tools to prevent child abduction and abuse. To accomplish this goal the following objectives will be reached by the end of the project period in June 2002.
· Teach students in grades (K-3) the specific safety rules and guidelines for protecting themselves from abduction and how to avoid tricky people.
· Train classroom teacher to provide meaningful, consistent lessons about abduction.
· Train teachers in building empowerment, self-confidence, and self-esteem in their students.
· Conduct parent/teacher training workshops geared toward the avoidance of child predators and abduction.
· Provide parents with knowledge, information and skills so they are able to reinforce these skills at home.
· Enhance and support our existing health and safety curriculum.
· Present the information in a non-threatening yet serious manner so as to have the desired impact without unnecessarily frightening students and their parents.
2. Process and Criteria:
New York State mandates the teaching of abduction prevention. We are seeking funding to implement the Yello Dyno Child Safety Program in our six elementary schools ( ) to meet this mandate. We are targeting our students in grades K-3 as we feel this is the most vulnerable population. Yello Dyno meets the criteria of being cost effective, teacher friendly, developmentally appropriate for the targeted population and outcomes driven. Created by Jan Wagner, this program is nationally acclaimed and is based on extensive psychological research, as well as information and insights from
parents, law enforcement, and child safety experts. This curriculum stresses clear consistent messages in a comprehensive context. That is, it incorporates the active participation of students, faculty and parents. Various members of our district Wellness Council including parents, teachers, administrators, and community representatives agreed upon this decision.
3. Curriculum and Training Design:
The Yello Dyno program addresses the comprehensive criteria previously articulated by providing proven lesson plans to teachers, awareness to parents, and knowledge based strategies to students. Activities involving both large and small group settings will enable students to develop skills they need to prevent their being lost, abducted or abused. Introductory concepts and awareness will be implemented in an assembly format while applied skill development will be promoted through small classroom activities that promote multi-sensory and active student involvement. Samples of the training materials are included in Appendix A. Parent awareness will be promoted through an evening program as well as take home activities. Parents will be offered training and information that will promote and extend the school based training and curriculum. The use of the multi-sensory materials (music, high interest activities, visual aides, cooperative learning groups) will address the unique and special learning needs of the participants. Learning techniques that maximize left-brain right brain integration are imbedded to further address special needs. Through this comprehensive effort student and parents will develop self-protective skills that will last a lifetime and ultimately protect the innocence of children in our community.
4. Project Integration:
The School District Youth Wellness Program is the ongoing initiative that promotes the health, safety and well-being of all students throughout the district. A 22 member district wide Youth Wellness Council is a committee of parents, students, teachers community members and administrators who oversee a proactive student assistance program. The Council ensures that programs and activities are carried out across the district. The Search Institute Survey is administered to district students and the results of that survey are used to create programs that cultivate protective factors. A Youth Wellness Facilitator is identified in each school to coordinate activities. Current district wellness initiatives and curriculum at the elementary level include “Here’s Looking at You 2000”, the DARE Program, Mentoring Programs, Special Friends, Character Education Infusion, Conflict Resolution and Anti-Smoking Program. The Yello Dyno Program will support past initiatives as well as the current curriculum. Thus, the proposed Yello Dyno Program is aligned with
both the current health and wellness activities as well as the ? Health Standard #2. This standard states “students will acquire the knowledge and ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment”.
5. Parent and Community Collaboration:
The currently participates in numerous community initiatives geared toward keeping students safe. District personnel are active participants on the Task Force on Substance Use and Abuse, Youth Court, and the Youth Board. Partnerships with Houghton College and Erie 1 BOCES provide youth activities that promote healthy safe decision-making such as the ropes course, adventure learning and leadership camps. PTSA’s promote a number of evening programs that promote parent involvement and support such as the SAFEHOMES program and a “Speakers Series’ of lectures of the community which addresses issues of youth safety and constructive decision making and parenting.
6. Project Activity Plan: (see attached)
7. Youth at Risk Behaviors:
The School District is a suburban district that encompasses 40 square miles including portions of the town of . Approximately 10,643 students are enrolled in the district’ thirteen school buildings. Although the area is considered a relatively “safe” town in which to raise children, with increasing numbers of single parents and families in which both parents work, children are increasingly spending time on their own, without adult supervision. Moreover, with major highways throughout the community ( ) and a burgeoning corporate and business base, more and more individuals are employed in our community and thus our children are increasingly facing the specter of “stranger danger”.
The following recent incidents in our community point to a growing need: in 1999 Erie County reported 1,066 cases on the Missing Children Registry; the School District has notified the community of three level three sex offenders residing within district boundaries; a well-publicized incident of an attempted abduction of a young child at a local shopping mall.
8. Budget Information: (see attached FS-10)
9. Evaluation Design:
The School Community as a whole is actively involved in ongoing dialog and discussions pertaining to child safety and constructive decision-making. The Youth Wellness Council, PTSA programming, building based Child Support Teams and participating local agencies, community groups and religious organizations consistently demonstrate a concern for this issue. At the conclusion of the program, the Wellness Council will expect that building administrators and project coordinators to report on the effectiveness of program scheduling, facilities use, equipment availability, and transportation. Appendix B contains samples of the evaluation tools that will be provided to teachers, students and parents to gather date from the participants. A pre and posttest format will be utilized to measure outcomes. Building based committees comprised to the wellness facilitator, teachers, administrator and parents will review and analyze the results of the evaluations and make recommendations. This information will also be shared with the Wellness Council. The special learning needs of students will be addressed through the active support of the special education department who will support the implementation and evaluation of outcomes in the special needs population.
Project Activity Plan
Budget Plan FS10
Appendix A – Curriculum Materials
Appendix B – Evaluation Design
School District Data Form
Letter Indicating District Commitment
Statement of Assurances