Domestic violence and child abuse often occur together and pose a significant threat to children and teens. It is estimated that between 3.5 and 10 million children witness domestic abuse each year and over 3 million reports of child abuse are made annually. Bright Future’s youth advocacy division provides comprehensive prevention, intervention and recovery services to youth affected by child abuse, teen dating violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Youth Advocacy provides the tools, skills, and confidence youth need to successfully break free from the generational cycle of abuse. Programs include:
Youth Advocacy Programs
Educational Outreach/Violence Prevention
Bright Future has formed a strong, collaborative relationship with the Eagle County School District and offers a variety of school-based programs for at- risk youth. In-school and after-school outreach programs focus on preventing violence in the home and social settings, reducing risk factors associated with becoming a victim, increasing factors to protect against violence, and developing healthy relationships.
EmpowerMENt Violence Prevention Program
The EmpowerMENt program is designed to raise awareness among young men of issues that traditionally have been considered women’s issues. Young men are encouraged not merely to be passive bystanders, but to play an active leadership role in reducing gender violence, harassment, abuse, and bullying. Focused on middle school aged boys, this program utilizes a variety of educational programming as well as mentorship to empower participants. EmpowerMENt reached 160 youth with over 1,000 hours of contact within the first six months.
EmpowHERment Violence Prevention Program
Bright Future Foundation’s EmpowHERment Program empowers female middle and high school students with information on how relational aggression affects lives of women and girls and how social norms impact the decisions we make. In our interactive classroom sessions, we address healthy relationships and establishing personal boundaries, as well as dialogue and inquiry about stereotypes, bullying, aggression, issues of privacy, anonymity and online interactions and media impact. The program is intended to increase student awareness and enhance resiliency, not only addressing current problematic behaviors, but also to serve to decrease the likelihood of these behaviors occurring in the future.
On average, Bright Future reaches over 2,300 youth in school based programs focusing on violence prevention and fostering healthy relationships.
Hot Spot Mapping
Hot Spot Mapping engages students in mapping their school space identifying “safe” and “unsafe” spaces. Safe spaces are those where students feel welcome, connected, and that they are supported in their learning and emotional growth. We compile the information gathered and then engage students in conversations about why certain areas are safe, why they might only feel safe for some students and not others, and what creates a safe space. We do the same for unsafe spaces. By looking at what creates a positive, safe space, we seek to impact policy to replicate the underlying positives throughout the school and the school district. We are currently in all the middle schools for Eagle Valley and over the next years will expand to elementary schools and the community at large.