Safer Schools

Hudson Valley Safer Schools is about creating safer spaces for students to thrive.

What is Hudson Valley Safer Schools?

The purpose of the Safer Schools program is to create safer spaces for Hudson Valley students to grow and learn. Schools play a critical role, given their access to youth, in addressing student safety and wellness, including the prevention of unsafe behaviors. Healthy skills and relationships remain one of the most pressing public health issues, as adolescents are at an increased risk. Schools are an ideal point of intervention as they have enormous potential to impact the wider community.


Ability to work together to help understand school capacity as well as opportunities to work together within the school life community to prevent sexual violence.

Evidence-Based Curriculum

Our trained educators implement specific evidence-based curriculum to both middle and high school students that help to open dialogue and teach important lessons surrounding sexual assault and violence.

Environmental Work

Working with decision-makers to conduct an environmental assessment of school elements, such as staff roles, physical space, and social norms, that can impact student safety and sexual violence incidents.

Policy Work

Reviewing current policies, disclosure procedures, wellness manuals, and codes of conduct with the administration to best support the needs of students, faculty, and staff within the school.

Safer Schools Programming

High School Programming

Bringing in the Bystander®

Bringing in the Bystander (BITB) is a prevention program based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending incivility, harassment, violence and discrimination. The important role that a bystander has in intervention is the basis for this unique and effective program.

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High School Programming

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

MVP is a bystander-focused gender violence and bullying prevention approach that is especially well-suited to high school settings. MVP trainings empower students to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate.

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Middle School Programming

Shifting Boundaries

Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on relationships for students in middle school is an evidence-based, multi-level prevention program for middle school students on sexual harassment and precursors to dating violence.

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Safer Schools Partners

Agency Partners

Westchester Community
Opportunity Program (WestCOP)

2 Westchester Plaza, Suite 137
Elmsford, NY 10520

Orange County
Mental Health Association (MHA)

73 James P. Kelly Way
Middletown, NY 10940

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