Healthy Relationships prevention programming is available to all Knox County Local Schools at all grade levels. This programming encourages youth to foster healthy relationships with themselves, their peers, and their families to reduce problematic behavior such as violence and bullying while improving the perception of safety, social-emotional competence, and increasing positive school climate and culture.
Sources of Strength is an evidence-based, upstream prevention program that employs a strength-based wellness approach to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Sources of Strength works to give students tools to develop their strength, resilience, and help-seeking behaviors. Students will be empowered to use their voices and actively engage in learning.
AIM (Act. Impact, Motivate.) is a United Way of Knox County-funded program developed as a leadership program to encourage youth to ACT as leaders, IMPACT school environments in a positive way, and MOTIVATE their peers to stand for a violence-free community.
The STAND program provides professional development training to community groups and workplaces to increase participants' knowledge of the signs of interpersonal violence, the impact of violence on the community, and ways to safely intervene, Through the power of education, our community can Stand Up, Stand Together, and Stand Against Violence.
PACE is New Directions’ Parent and Child Education program that addresses youth facing multiple risk factors, providing space for youth and parents to learn and grow together. The PACE program includes two tracks; one for the parent or caregiver and one for the youth where they learn about healthy relationships, digital respect and safety, and risky behaviors.
New Directions educates the community about healthy relationships, the connections between domestic/sexual violence, bystander intervention, and how to help in these circumstances in more ways than prevention programming, By educating community members about domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence, we hope to shape Knox County into a place where citizens do not tolerate abuse and instead promote healthy, loving relationships.