Meet Linda Clay, our Outreach Specialist! The main goal of Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center’s Prevention and Education Outreach Program is to prevent abuse and neglect before it happens or break the ongoing cycle of abuse. Linda Clay has been heading the program for the past four years. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Counseling and has been in the teaching and counseling fields for the past 26 years. The Outreach Program is provided at no charge to all school-aged children (3-18) and their non-offending family members. Presentations range in topics and are specific to the age and/or grade of the students. This program encourages children to know that it is okay to tell and ask for help immediately and removes the stigma, shame, and secrecy that often surround children and their families experiencing abuse. Along with videos, pamphlets, worksheets, and information on community resources, Ms. Clay is often accompanied by her friend, Happy Bear. Happy Bear is our child-friendly mascot who helps promote safety and prevention lessons to our younger audience in schools and other settings. The Prevention and Education Outreach Program has shown great success over the years and in 2016 Ms. Clay and Happy Bear visited 29 local schools and presented to over 8,800 students. Below are the youth presentations available:
Internet Safety (5 years to teens) Presentations:
Kinder to 5th: Teaches basic computer etiquette and encourages children to keep personal information private, not to share pictures, not to tolerate bad language, and report anything that makes them uncomfortable to an adult.
Middle School: Teaches the importance of reporting unsafe computer use, including cyberbullying, sexting, and internet predators.
High School: Utilizes teen created public service announcements and videos to inform participants of possible dangers on the internet.
Too Good for Violence (Grades K-8th):
Includes 7-9 on-going character building and violence prevention sessions
Ideal for classroom or afterschool settings
Fun, age appropriate, interactive social-science based curriculum!
Happy Bear Play (Preschool to 3rd grade):
Children learn to Recognize, Resist, and Report Abuse by:
Identifying trusted adults
Not keeping “scary secrets”
Identifying private parts
Learning about their personal safety zone
Breaking the Silence (Grades 4th to 8th):
In this multimedia presentation Children learn:
The different types of abuse
Recognize the signs of abuse
Reporting to a trusted adult
Sexual Assault Mock Trial (intended for older teens)
Informs teens on ways to stay safe and avoid dangerous situations
Discusses situations of drug facilitated assaults
Includes a mock trial and an explanation of the judicial process
Requires a 3-4 hour block of time
BEE-ing SAFE Presentation (Grades K-2nd):
For K-8th grade: Uses a bee to introduce kids to the basics of safety such as: reporting to a trusted adult, not opening the door to strangers, and not telling strangers you are home alone.