PEBBLE PROJECT

The Pebble Project staff present interactive role-plays to elementary school students to help prevent child assault and abuse.

The Pebble Project staff present interactive role-plays to elementary school students to help prevent child assault and abuse.

The Pebble Project keeps children “safe, strong, and free” through school-based workshops and community education.

‘Pebble’ refers to the ripple effect of each person’s effort to prevent child abuse in our community.

A child who lives in fear of abuse cannot be successful in school. The Pebble Project exists to prevent child abuse and neglect by empowering children to contribute to their own safety, by increasing adult awareness and protection of all children, and by working with others to find solutions that reduce child abuse.

2015-2016 Outcomes:

  • 6,091 children received child-abuse prevention information
  • 2,602 children had one-on-one conversations following workshops
  • 549 adults received child-abuse prevention information
  • 100% of children who disclosed abuse received service referrals

Strategies:

  • Child-abuse prevention presentations using  the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) curriculum, www.internationalcap.org
  • Guided discussions about dangerous situations
  • Opportunities for children to disclose abuse and referrals for reported abuse

Impact:

The Pebble Project prevents child abuse and neglect by empowering children to contribute to their own safety through recognizing abusive or dangerous situations, resisting abuse, and telling a trusted adult if they have been abused.  It also increases adult awareness and protection of all children.

Services:

For 30 years, Prevention Education Specialists have provided prevention training to more than 5,000 children per year on approximately 40 elementary school campuses and close to 600 adults have received child abuse awareness training as well.  Pebble Project connected approximately 400 children to counseling services and other appropriate agencies in response to disclosed abuse or harm this past school year.

In their own words:

Our staff feels very lucky to have had The Pebble Project at our school for many years… It never ceases to amaze me how many children will disclose things after your lessons.  This year we had a very alarming attempted abduction of one of our students a few weeks after the lessons were presented.  It is very clear to me that the child remembered what had been taught, and used the information to help herself.  Students here often refer back to the role plays you present.  – Cherrie Taylor, School Counselor

Watch the Pebble Project Video

SCHEDULE A FREE PRESENTATION AT YOUR SCHOOL:
Contact Jamie Avard-Fernandez
Phone: 512-464-9727
Email: Javard@ciscentraltexas.org

VOLUNTEER PEBBLE PROJECT PRESENTERS:
The Communities In Schools Pebble Project staff present interactive role-plays to elementary school students to help prevent child assault and abuse. Volunteers take part in the role-plays and skits in classrooms during the morning hours.

Requirements:
– Must be able to commit to extensive training
– Must be able to volunteer in the morning hours at schools around Central Texas
– Must commit to volunteer for at least 11 presentations after completing training

VOLUNTEER CONTACT: 
Jennifer Braham, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 512-464-9767
Email: volunteer@ciscentraltexas.org

 

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