Whether we're in packed auditoriums, smaller parent groups, or a classroom, we bring our interactive, adaptable services to the people - meeting them where they are. Most of our programs are brought to the residents of Washtenaw County absolutely free of charge - and we'd like to keep it that way! 

Help us continue to partner with the children, families, and upstanding youth-serving professionals of Washtenaw by donating now!

 

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Safe Sleep & Safe Baby

Infant mortality continues to be a significant problem, not only in Washtenaw County, but across the United States. Among the leading causes of infant deaths are unsafe infant sleep practices and abusive head trauma (also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome). Safe Baby is a program for expectant parents, caregivers, and upstanding community members. Our Safe Baby program consists of two parts: Infant Safe Sleep and Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness & Prevention.

The goal of our Safe Baby program is to educate others about infant safe sleep practices and Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention in order to reduce and eliminate infant deaths.

Want to support our programs and keep your infant stylish at the same time? Check out our Safe Sleep onsies here.

 

Body Safety Training

Between 20 to 25 percent of victims of child sexual abuse are under 5 years old. Body Safety Training (BST) specifically targets children in this age group (between ages 3-7). BST empowers children with knowledge and strategies so they can play a role in helping to keep their bodies safe. BST is an evidence-based program designed to teach personal safety to young children. BST is provided in ten short lessons, and covers general safety principles (fire, gun, car and street safety). BST also teaches children how to recognize, respond to, and report inappropriate sexual behavior directed towards them.

BST’s main components include:

  • teaching children that they are the boss of their own bodies
  • identifying “private parts” and using the proper terminology for these parts
  • how to recognize and respond to inappropriate behavior
 

Cyber Safety & Cyber Bullying Prevention

How do you know if you're talking to an online predator? What could happen if you send a sext underage? Who can you go to if you're being cyber bullied? 

The internet doesn't come with an instruction manual, but fortunately, we've got the next best thing. Through classroom presentations, assemblies, and peer groups, we partner with children and teens to address some of the most pressing problems of the digital world. These include cyber bullying, sexting, online predators, and digital reputation. Through interactive education, children and teens brainstorm risk reduction strategies, learn about the intricate network of cyber safety laws, and explore real-world resources.  

Some of the biggest threats facing youth today are found on the internet. It's essential to teach children and teens how to successfully navigate their digital lives.

Want more information? Take a look at our parent tips page.

 
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Wellness & Resiliency

The digital world and social media affects everything in our lives - especially the health and well-being of our children and youth. There is an increasing trend in teen anxiety, depression, and suicides in our County in recent years. WACC will be piloting a new program “Wellness and Resiliency” that creates awareness among students about their mental health, and how the digital world effects it. This initiative is aimed at the most at-risk groups: middle school, high school, and college student

The workshop “Wellness and Resiliency” educates students about the fundamental warning signs and causes of depression and anxiety, teaching students about emotional resilience and how they can use the internet and social media to be healthy. The workshop will also give students information about local and online resources to help them build and maintain resilience. Through our program, we hope to open a dialogue about mental health and wellness so students have the knowledge and vocabulary to address their needs.

Learn about resources in our community.

Download our resource bookmark.

 

Stewards of Children

Child sexual abuse has been in news reports over the past few years, but many adults are unaware how to recognize it, respond to it, or their role to prevent it. Our best strategy to prevent child sexual abuse is teaching adults the prevalence of child sexual abuse within our society, how to recognize it, appropriately respond it, and report it.

Stewards of Children (SOC) is an evidence-based program developed by the nationally known organization, Darkness to Light. SOC is designed for parents, caregivers, childcare professionals, community members, and any other upstanding adults willing to teach participants how to prevent, recognize, and react to signs of child sexual abuse.

 

Education Series

Every year WACC hosts four Luncheon Lectures and an Annual Conference to educate children and youth-serving professionals in our community on the newest research and trends to prevent child abuse. Issues concerning children, parents, and families are presented by local professionals from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, local human services agencies, or private practices. Attendees include youth services professionals, students, and the public. Past topics have focused on:

  • Violence against children

  • Empowering girls

  • Fostering resilience

  • Grief and loss

  • The role of fathers in children’s lives

  • Helping children and families cope with special challenges, such as Attention Deficit Disorder.

Our 2018-19 series will address how to look at children’s “bad” behavior through a trauma-informed lens. We intentionally provide these events at a low-cost, so they are accessible to a myriad of human service work professionals. Over the years, attendance has swelled and many attendees look forward to this yearly opportunity to meet colleagues and share in learning valuable information they can use in their work with families and children.

The 2018-19 series will start in October of 2018. To learn more about this series, see the 2018-19 information page linked below.

 

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