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Coaches as Partners

Coaches As Partners Training Modules

Bring any or all of these 60 minute workshops to your school or team by reaching out to us at svprevention@fccfoundation.org.

Diversity of Youth Identities and Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Participants will collaborate with facilitators to challenge stereotypes around gender that inform interactions, relationships, and student experiences in school and in athletics. This training also explores the diversity of youth identities with particular focus on gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Participants will gain knowledge and best practices to create a culture that provides equal opportunities for all students.

Understanding Sexual Violence Prevention Within Sports Culture

Through discussion, participants will explore the dynamics of sexual violence and the many attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to a culture that perpetuates and sustains sexual violence. Resources for supporting victims will be discussed.

Bystander Intervention: Creating Social Change

This training explores different bystander intervention techniques that coaches can utilize to challenge problematic beliefs and interrupt all forms of sexual violence. Participants are given the opportunity to brainstorm how they would intervene in realistic scenarios and how they can create a school culture of respect and inclusion.

About the Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative of Fairfield County:

The Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative of Fairfield County (SVPC) consists of five local nonprofits working together to eliminate sexual violence across Fairfield County. The SVPC's inaugural project, Coaches as Partners, works to engage coaches and athletic directors in the prevention of sexual violence. The goal of Coaches as Partners is to bring awareness and education about the critical role athletic leaders play in promoting an inclusive and respectful sports culture.

The SVPC is funded by Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls. Participating organizations include The Center for Family Justice, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, Triangle Community Center, Women's Center of Greater Danbury, and YWCA Greenwich.

More About Coaches as Partners:

Our game plan is to build partnerships with coaches, who spend more time with students than many teachers or family members. Our premise is that coaches wield a significant amount of influence on their athletes and can shift the paradigm by modeling pro-social behaviors and demonstrating what it means to be an ally in ending sexual violence through knowledge of the issues and expansive intervention tools.

Becoming a Partner:

Through interactive workshops, Coaches as Partners gives leaders in the athletic community the tools to shift the culture and end sexual violence. The titles of these workshops are:

 Understanding Sexual Violence Prevention Within Sports Culture, The Diversity of Youth Identities & Challenging Gender Stereotypes, and Bystander Intervention: Creating Social Change.

To explore bringing this project and its accompanying workshops to your school or community, reach out to us at svprevention@fccfoundation.org. Search #CoachesAsPartners on your favorite social media platform to join the huddle!

In the News:

“The Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls recently launched an initiative to elevate the #MeToo movement with a program that will train high school coaches on best practices for guiding students to have healthy relationships.”

Fairfield County Nonprofits Join Forces to Fight Sexual Violence - WSHU

Sports Coaches Might Take on Role Preventing Sexual Violence – The Hour

John Breunig: A Game Plan to Stem Sexual Violence – Stamford Advocate

Fairfield County Nonprofits Collaborate to Address Sexual Violence – New Canaan’s Hamlet Hub

Editorial: A Potential game-changer in #MeToo Movement – The Middletown Press


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