Prevention and Education Outreach Program

The Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center is excited to offer prevention programs for children from pre-school to high school. We also offer training to adults at schools, agencies, day care centers and agencies about the Mandatory Reporting Law and signs and indicators of child abuse.

Linda Clay has been heading SACAC’s Prevention and Education Outreach 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.  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”
  • Saying “no”
  • 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
  • Predator Awareness
  • 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.


Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Training (Adults- parents, caretakers, professionals, etc.)

  • Educates adults to identify and report child abuse in accordance with Arizona law
  • Discussion of who is obligated to report abuse/neglect, how to get help from authorities when required, and how to best assist the investigation of child abuse
  • Helps participants recognize the signs of abuse/neglect and teaches practices that help protect children


All programs are offered at no cost and need your support to continue. If you are interested in learning more about the Prevention & Education Outreach Programs, please contact: Marie Fordney, Executive Director
Phone: 520-724-6600
Mail: The Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center
Attention: Marie Fordney
2329 East Ajo Way
Tucson, Arizona 85713