Prevention Education

Our education program provides information on a variety of subjects related to domestic and sexual violence prevention, including bullying/cyber-bullying, child sexual abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

Presentations are provided in primary and secondary schools, colleges, businesses, and organizations throughout Herkimer and Oneida counties.

Our educators utilize New York State Department of Health-approved curricula, including “Safe Dates” and “Healthy Relationships,” which help change adolescent norms and equip students with skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships, positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution.

YWCA Mohawk Valley presentations are targeted to the ages and specific needs of each audience and are delivered in an interactive lecture style along with – as appropriate – PowerPoint displays, audience role play, videos, puppets, hula hoops, paints, and/or hand-outs.

Presentations convey vital information about the dynamics, signs, symptoms and impact, how and where individuals can receive help, and how individuals can help their peers, family members, and community.

Additionally, our educators arrange with area schools colleges and organizations to display the YWCA’s Clothesline Project and Silent Witness Project – traveling exhibits that raise awareness about the local impact of domestic and sexual violence.

For more information, contact our Prevention Education Department.

Laura Howard
Education and Special Programs Manager
315.732.2159 ext. 246

Melissa Loiacano, Oneida County Community Educator
315.732.2159 ext. 224


YWCA Mohawk Valley does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age in the delivery of services.