Prevention Education

Prevention Education Programs

MESA’s prevention education programs empower participants to lead in the transformation of our current culture, which normalizes and encourages sexual violence, into a culture based on consent, safety and respect.

Youth Programs

Athletes As Leaders

Athletes As Leaders is a prevention program for high school athletes on girls’ sports teams that aims to empower student athletes to take an active role in promoting healthy relationships and ending sexual violence.

Coaches engage female athletes in conversations that work to build leadership skills, empowerment, and equity. Topics covered include challenging gender stereotypes, privilege & oppression, self-image & standards of beauty, rumor spreading, relationships, consent, messages about manhood, and promoting positivity.

Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM)

Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength.

Coaches engage male athletes in conversations that focus on healthy relationships, consent, and equity. Coaches discuss the following topics with players: personal responsibility, insulting language, disrespectful behavior toward women & girls, digital disrespect, understanding consent, bragging about sexual reputation, aggression, relationship abuse, communicating boundaries, and promoting equality.

Men of Strength (MOST) Club

Men of Strength (MOST) Club is a space where guys can come together and talk about what it means to be a man. MOST Club provides a space for guys to connect, build capacity for leadership and allyship, grow awareness of subtle forms of violence, and explore different models of manhood.

MOST Clubs were developed in 2000 by Men Can Stop Rape to mobilize young men in building masculinity that promotes healthy relationships and prevents gender-based violence.

Peers Building Justice (PBJ)

Peers Building Justice aims to educate and empower youth to prevent interpersonal and sexual violence while promoting social justice in our communities. PBJ has two main components:

  1. Curriculum: Adult Mentors from SPAN and MESA provide in-classroom education about dating and sexual violence. PBJ uses the evidenced-based curriculum Safe Dates, which is given over a dosage of 6-8 sessions. To learn more about the curriculum and how to schedule presentations for a BVSD classroom, visit our Curriculum Page.
  2. Training Institute: The Training Institute is a group of high school youth who meet regularly after school to promote social justice and resist violence in our communities. The Training Institute is open to all BVSD students. To learn more, visit our Training Institute Page.