OST-LI: Creating Protective Communities Training


Creating Protective Communities 

Thursday, April 29 (10am - 12pm MT)



So many of us want to prevent sexual violence among the children we work with and don’t know how best to do so. Much of the time, prevention takes more of an individual approach– what a child can do to deter abuse or respond to “grooming.” Research now shows that in addition to “grooming” an individual child, families, schools, and entire communities are manipulated in ways that keep the abuse from being noticed or intervened upon.

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on the messages we receive about safety as adults and other factors that can lead to violence in our communities. Participants will also learn how to proactively and effectively institute policies and cultural norms to prevent sexual violence in their communities. This training is designed to support those who work with youth and are concerned with reducing the impact of violence in their lives.

About the Trainers:

Jess Clark, Education & Prevention Department Manager, Solace

Jess Clark is the Education and Prevention Manager for Solace Crisis Treatment Center in Santa Fe, NM. His work over the last decade has focused on increasing youth capacity to interrogate systems of oppression, exploring queer/trans masculinites as a site of violence prevention, and supporting organizations in better serving transgender communities through policies, best practices, and learning to be like his grandma. Jess serves on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Public Schools Equity and Diversity Council.


Alena Schaim, Executive Director/Instructor, Resolve

Alena Schaim is the Executive Director and Instructor at Resolve, a violence prevention organization that serves Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Northern New Mexico. She has been working to prevent violence and support survivors for over a decade. Her work centers around helping people shift beliefs that shape norms and speak up for themselves & others. She has supported school districts and organizations in implementing policies that support people with disabilities and those who work with them. Alena has presented at regional and national conferences on topics including Empowerment Self-Defense, sexual and domestic violence, and preventing violence for specific communities.


Lecture, large and small group discussion, individual reflection.

Length of workshop:

1 ½ hours


Adults who work with children.

Additional support:

Technical assistance in the form of an environmental scan and follow-up up policy recommendations.


When: Apr 29, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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