Project HART

Healthy Alternatives for Relationships Among Teens

Project HART is a relationship violence prevention program offered at St. Louis-area schools, community centers and other places teens gather. Made up of a series of workshops, Project HART gives teens and pre-teens the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships free of abuse and violence.

The goals of Project HART are to help teens recognize sexually, physically and emotionally abusive relationships; develop skills to reduce their risk of being victimized; identify sources of help if they are in an abusive relationship and learn how to be proactive in helping others. We hope everyone who experiences the entire Project HART curriculum walks away with the tools to establish and sustain healthy relationships for a lifetime.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Unhealthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence
  • Gender Roles and Dating
  • Technology and Relationships
  • Challenging and Responding to Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault Awareness
  • Survivor Support
  • Bystander Intervention
  • I Love Myself
  • Conflict and Communication
  • LGBTQ Myth Busting
  • Gender Identity and Trans Youth

Project HART presentations and workshops are free of charge. For more information or to schedule Project HART for your school or organization, contact Phoenix Lintner at 314.646.7500 x146 .

Girls Group and Guys Group

The Power of Women

Girls Group is a small-group curriculum that uses activities and guided discussions to explore and expand young women’s attitudes and beliefs about teen relationships, relationship violence and self-respect. These groups help girls ages 12-19 use what they learn to navigate their own relationships and support peers to make healthy relationship decisions.

Topics include:

  • Being a Woman
  • Female Role Models
  • Stereotypes in the Media
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Unhealthy Relationships/Teen Dating Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Helping a Friend

Men as Leaders of Men

Guys Group uses activities and guided, small-group discussions to explore and expand young men’s beliefs about teen relationships, relationship violence and masculinity. Through Guys Group, middle- and high-school-age boys learn how to strengthen their own behaviors and serve as peer leaders advocating against a culture of violence toward women and girls.

Topics include:

  • Gender & Gender Role Stereotypes
  • Male Role Models/Gender Role Stereotypes in the Media
  • Challenging Male Gender Role Stereotypes
  • Challenging Disrespect and/or Violence Against Girls & Women
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Bystander Intervention

Girls Group and Guys Group are offered in select St. Louis City and St. Louis County schools and community locations. For more information or to bring Girls Group or Guys Group to your school or site, contact Zenique Gardner-Perry at 314.646.7500 x130.

Safe Connections on Campus

Safe Connections on Campus engages college students in the work to end relationship and sexual violence—on and off campus.

This initiative provides a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas among colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Additionally, Safe Connections on Campus offers students the opportunity to take action on their home campus and to connect with students from other area schools.

Students, faculty and staff from various post-secondary institutions come together to build relationships, share information and plan campus activities that raise awareness about relationship and sexual violence and provide resources for those seeking help.

Current partners include: University of Missouri-St. Louis, Maryville University, Washington University, Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis Community College system.

For additional information, please see this list of Safe Connections on Campus Workshop Objectives or contact Brigid Welch at 314.646.7500 x114.