SAFE is committed to addressing early intervention and prevention of domestic and sexual violence in Columbia County. By taking a multi-faceted approach, and addressing bullying, childhood trauma, and the cultivation of empathy, SAFE is able to take prevention into elementary schools as well as middle and high schools and community organizations throughout the entirety of the county.

Responsiveness to the needs of the schools and community guides the menu of services provided each year.

SAFE has provided early intervention and prevention programming in these Columbia County schools:

  • Vernonia Academy
  • Otto Peterson Elementary
  • Scappoose Alternative HS
  • Vernonia Middle School
  • Hudson Park Elementary
  • McBride Elementary
  • Clatskanie Middle School
  • Scappoose High School
  • Rainier High School
  • Clatskanie High School


Current Menu of Curriculum Options


Mind Matters

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Research has shown that when young people learn to overcome the effects of trauma and toxic stress, they can actually heal their brains. The Mind Matters curriculum increases children, teen and young adults’ ability to self-regulate, self-soothe, and more fully participate in other skill-
building classes.

In 12 one-hour lessons that can be delivered in shorter blocks by para-professionals, the course helps students cultivate simple practices that can heal their brains, their health, and their lives.


Taking A Stand For Healthy Relationships (NCADV curriculum)

Grades 6-12

60-minute interactive lessons can be scheduled for 1 to 6 sessions.

Take A Stand FOR Healthy Relationships is a teen dating violence prevention curriculum from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). With self-paced modules and lesson plans, students will garner important skills in communication and self awareness. Students will learn to recognize healthy and safe qualities and behaviors in relationships, and how to effectively and safely ally for self and others when it comes to building healthy relationships.


“In Their Shoes”: Teens and Dating Violence

Grades 6-12

In their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence is a scenario-based training designed to help participants talk about what dating is like for today’s teens- from their perspective. Participants will become teen characters, make choices about relationships, and see what happens. In Their Shoes provides a snapshot of unhealthy teen relationships and generates a thoughtful discussion about what is happening in unhealthy relationships and what opportunities exist to support those experiencing them.

Goals of “In Their Shoes”
  • Increase awareness of teen dating violence
  • Help teens and adults recognize unhealthy patterns in relationships and learn to talk with one another about the problem in a useful way
  • Promote conversations about teen dating violence
  • Encourage people to think creatively and act intentionally to assist teens struggling with unhealthy and abusive relationships
  • Show that everyone has a role to play in supporting teens to have healthy relationships


P2: SARC Sexual Violence Curriculum

For over a decade SARC’s Prevention & Education Program’s has been working to prevent sexual violence through education aimed at changing attitudes and beliefs that support sexual violence and promoting healthy relationships. Our research-based curricula are designed around the root causes of sexual violence addressing risk and protective factors of perpetration. Through our curricula we examine and develop skills in distinguishing unhealthy and healthy norms to help participants to flourish in their relationships and communities. Lessons promote healthy relationships and sexuality, including consent, equity, respect, trust and safety. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills including communication and media literacy.


Calm Coaches: Allies in the Classroom

5-week peer-mentoring curriculum which introduces concepts of self-regulation, active listening and empathy-building practices to a small group of student leaders in elementary classrooms.

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