Things are looking up!
After nearly a month of teaching, we are beginning to receive some positive attention and response to the courses offered.
Our first class was our biggest, with 13 women in attendance, each with a diverse background and different expectations of what they would learn. I was relieved to hear that everyone took away something positive from their experience, and best of all… No one was injured, not even our “bad guy” Kevin!
Our second session was more intimate as we had two students, one who has been struggling with some physical limitations, and wasn’t sure if she would be able to participate 100%. We were able to modify the training slightly to accommodate her and she pushed through.
That’s the beauty of Girls on Guard…. With a “can do” attitude and a refusal to quit, you will be a force to be reckoned with!!!
Next up, we had a group of ladies that ranged from their 20s to 50s, moms and daughters. Again, each of them had a diverse background, yet they were all supportive of each other and our session was very successful.
Last weekend I participated in a pilot program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, presenting the K2P (Knowledge to Power & Passion) curriculum, which concentrates on sexual assault/dating violence on college/university campuses. This program was developed as a result of Gov. Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign and the federal initiative “It’s On Us.”
Although most student were away for winter break, selected student leaders gathered to have a candid discussion about affirmative consent, and then breakout sessions were conducted to provide students with tactics and techniques to combat sexual assault and dating violence.
All in all, a very fulfilling month. Thank you to everyone who participated, including Chris Piering and Robert Worden who along with Kevin, volunteered their time to play the “bad guys.”
Until next time… Be well and stay safe out there!!!