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Outreach and Education Programs

The Outreach and Education team at Centre Safe is proud to offer programs focused on expanding awareness and understanding of a variety of topics including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in our Centre County community and identifying appropriate resources to support survivors.

Our Prevention Educators deliver interactive programs to schools, religious organizations, businesses, and other community organizations. Centre Safe offers age-appropriate youth, teen, and student programs to raise student awareness of these issues and give them tools to build critical thinking skills, personal boundaries, and safe intervention strategies.

Examples of these programs include consulting with school district health teachers on curriculum, providing domestic violence training for church members, facilitating safe-touch lessons with elementary students, providing workplace sexual harassment training and guidance for local businesses, and delivering informational brochures and pamphlets to medical providers.

All presentations include an overview of Centre Safe services and resources. All programs can be adapted in time and length, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours to suit your organization’s needs.

For more information contact the Outreach and Education Team
at 814-359-7372 or

Community Programs

Awareness programs and professional trainings are available to community groups, education and health professionals, human service agencies, faith organizations, business, and other organizations on the topics of:

Child Sexual Abuse

This presentation provides introductory information about child sexual abuse (CSA), focused on statistics and prevalence; insight on risk factors and signs, offender statistics and groomer dynamics, how to handle a disclosure of sexual abuse, community resources, signs and symptoms of child trauma, and what you can do to help.

Children and Domestic Violence

Children are considered hidden victims in families where domestic violence occurs. Many children who are exposed to violence in the home are also victims of physical abuse. This training discusses the dynamics and complexity of domestic violence, how it affects children, and how to help child victims.

Cut It Out®: The Beauty Community Against Domestic Abuse

Cut it Out® is a program of the Professional Beauty Association Foundation that mobilizes salon professionals to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the country by raising awareness and training salon professionals to recognize the signs of abuse in friends, family, clients, and co-workers; respond appropriately; and safely refer victims to help. Each one-hour training session provides participants with a deeper understanding of domestic violence, awareness materials, and a Certificate of Attendance.

Know the Signs: Domestic Violence 101

Domestic violence is a prevalent issue in the Centre County community, and everyone can play a part in providing support to people who are experiencing abuse. Learn about domestic violence, the signs of abuse, and how you can support those experiencing abuse whether it be among members of your organization, clients, or community members.

Online Dating and Internet Safety for Parents/Caregivers

Technology has changed the way people interact with each other. Therefore, it’s important to be in tune with what your child is doing and who they are talking to, so you can best support them. Though technology doesn’t replace face-to-face interactions, it is now an integral part of young peoples’ relationships. Online behaviors may create real-life problems offline, like abuse and negative thoughts and perceptions of themselves or others. Learn tips and tricks on how to keep your child safe on the internet and in online relationships.

Smart Parents

Centre Safe and the Youth Service Bureau are happy to bring Smart Parents workshops to Centre County. The Smart Parents program is open to any parent/caregiver or person who works with youth 0-18! This program helps you to tackle tough conversations that will help keep your youth safe by creating a protective environment and empowering and supporting parents/caregivers. This program facilitates a conversation about healthy child sexual development, communicating with children about boundaries, ensuring safety, and obtaining help and resources. You can also visit Project Safe and Smart for more information or to register for a workshop!

Teen Relationships for Parents/Caregivers

Parents and/or caregivers may be aware of the presence of teen dating violence or unhealthy relationships; however, it is likely they underestimate their own child’s involvement in, or vulnerability for, unhealthy or abusive relationships. This program is designed to help parents/caregivers overcome their tendency to wait for their children to initiate the conversation and help them find the right language to discuss healthy relationships. Parents/caregivers play a critical role in providing good examples and teaching young people the importance of respectful romantic relationships; how to make responsible decisions regarding relationships; how to respect boundaries, how to discuss consent, and how to recognize “red flags” in their children’s relationships and maybe even their own.

Safe Bars

In partnership with the SAFE Bar Network, this training works with bars and alcohol-serving venues to provide active bystander training, facilitate conversation around improving workplace culture, and provide resources and skills improve customer and staff safety, satisfaction, and tools to give everyone a safe night out.

Sexual Violence 101

An introductory overview of sexual violence definitions, statistics, and dynamics, including information on rape culture, consent, and how to support survivors in your community.

Stalking 101

January is Stalking Awareness Month. Approximately 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been stalked at some point in their lives. Many stalking victims experience being followed, approached, monitored and/or threatened – including through various forms of technology. This workshop identifies elements of stalking, how to recognize it, how to access help and resources, and tips to help keep yourself or someone you know safe.

Custom workshops

Centre Safe can create custom presentations on topics related to stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or a combination of any of the above-mentioned presentations. Custom workshops typically require at least two weeks’ notice to allow staff to fully understand the needs and goals of your organization and to develop a curriculum.

Youth, Teen, and College Programs

Early education and prevention are an essential part of safe and healthy communities and schools. Our trained staff are available to provide developmental and age-appropriate presentations and trainings around a variety of topics, including:

Be an Upstander

Anyone who witnesses a harmful or potentially harmful situation is a bystander. People who step in to reduce the chances of someone being harmed are active bystanders, also known as upstanders. This workshop uses an evidence-based approach of engaging bystanders in stopping behaviors and actions that can lead to sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, and discrimination. It focuses on the three Ds of bystander intervention: Direct, Distract, and Delegate, as well as other techniques to empower bystanders in various situations. This program helps promote a culture of community accountability where bystanders are actively engaged in the prevention of violence without causing further harm.


This workshop discusses the nuts and bolts of what consent is, how it is defined by law, and how it is communicated. It also will dispel myths and acknowledge the realities of what consent looks like, and why it can be a confusing topic.

Exploring Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence

This workshop discusses the pillars that create a healthy relationship, behaviors that contribute to unhealthy relationships, the importance of consent and boundaries, and how to recognize “red flags” in relationships. This presentation also includes information on online dating and how youth can protect themselves in online relationships.

Safe Touches          

Safe Touches is an evidence-based prevention program presented to children in their 2nd grade classrooms of participating school districts. This is a joint project presented by Centre Safe and the Youth Service Bureau to educate children about body safety rules and key safety steps. Two trained facilitators use puppets to provide children with developmentally appropriate body safety content including healthy boundaries, that it is okay to say “no”, and how to get help from safe and trusted adults. Talk with your school administrators to see if this program is offered in your school district!

Safe Party

Also in partnership with the SAFE Bar Network, this training targets college-aged students and young adults to provide bystander training and facilitate conversation around how alcohol can be used as a tool to push boundaries, excuse their behavior, and isolate a person to create unsafe situations. The goal of this training is to provide active bystander tools and begin to change the culture to give everyone a fun and safe night out.

Sexual Assault for Students 101

An introductory overview of sexual assault definitions, statistics, and dynamics, including information on rape culture, consent, how to support survivors in your community, and learn about the resources available to them.


Centre Safe has trained staff and volunteers that may be available for outreach at your next local community gathering or festival, employee health and wellness fair, campus event, etc. Our representation is often in collaboration with strategic partner agencies and local law enforcement to help educate and create awareness in our community about the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence and the resources available to survivors.

If your group or organization is interested in hosting a program, we will work with you to create a presentation tailored specifically to your organization’s needs. Informational displays are also available for community events, health and wellness fairs, etc. For more information contact the Outreach and Education Team at 814-359-7372 or