Starting in May 2012, CALCASA will be offering trainings at Prevention topics at CALCASA regional meetings. These free trainings are 1-2 hours to develop specific skills for prevention. The first training will be on the topic of “Using Youth as Prevention Volunteers” on May 8 in Visalia (Valley region).  Other trainings will be held on the topics of “Bystander Intervention” (June 19 in San Pablo (Bay Region)  and “Community Mobilization and Engagement.”  Look for future announcements dates of additional trainings that will be provided in all regions.
California Rape Crisis Centers that receive RPE funding are encouraged to attend the training in your region and are invited to attend the trainings outside of your region.  Here are the trainings that are currently scheduled:

  • Valley Region – May 8, 2012: Using Youth as Prevention Volunteers, 2-4pm (after the CalEMA Regional Training 10am-noon and Valley Region meeting 1-2pm) , at Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC) , 5441 W. Cypress , Visalia.
  • Bay Region – June 19, 2012: Bystander Training, 11 am – 1 pm  (followed by the Bay Region meeting form 1pm-2pm) at Community Violence Solutions, 2101 Van Ness Street, San Pablo.
  • South Region- August 24, 2012: Using Youth as Prevention Volunteers (location and time to be announced), at Peace Over Violence, 1015 Wilshire Blvd.,
    Los Angeles.

The following topics will be offered at the regional trainings:

  • Bystander Intervention: This training will provide an overview of the principles of bystander intervention for primary prevention efforts. Participants will explore the potential benefits of integrating these concepts into existing prevention programs. CALCASA’s Alexis Marbach will lead this session using concepts from leading bystander intervention program throughout the country.
  • Community Mobilization and Engagement: This training will provide an overview of community mobilization strategies to support rape crisis centers to integrate these strategies into their prevention programming. CALCASA’s Alexis Marbach will lead this training using many of the concepts from Project ENVISION, a community mobilization sexual violence prevention efforts in New York City that was highlighted in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Innovation in Prevention report released in January 2012.
  • Using Youth as Prevention Volunteers: This training will provide an overview of strategies to use youth as prevention volunteers examining what volunteer roles youth can take, recruitment, training needs and organizational issues. CALCASA’s Leona L. Smith Di Faustino will lead this training drawing from her experience in working with youth as volunteers.

Please contact David Lee or Alexis Marbach if you have any questions.