Our Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) teaches thousands of teens and children annually to recognize unhealthy relationships and protect themselves from abuse. Licensed social workers provide classroom workshops, peer leadership training, group and one-on-one counseling to students in 17 New York City schools. By teaching young students to identify and avoid relationship abuse we hope to reduce the number of teens involved in unhealthy relationships and make an impact on the adult problem of domestic violence.
$35,000 per school
Relationships are Elementary
Support the development and pilot of our groundbreaking relationship abuse prevention program for elementary school children.
Yale Exploration Summer Program Scholarships
Help send our RAPP Peer Leaders to a Yale prep summer program. Each of our leaders who have gone through this program have gone to college.
Support extensive leadership activities such as trips, community service projects, a student newsletter, and student presentations for our Summer Peer Leadership Training Program.
Help fill our classrooms and after-school programs with the art supplies that young people use to express themselves through art and design.
Help RAPP students educate their peers outside the classroom and acquire valuable career skills by learning to use digital cameras to tell their own stories about relationship abuse through video.
The Center operates three shelters, Women’s Survival Space, Women’s Safe Start and Women’s Second Start, with a total of 210 beds, sheltering 1000 women and children a year. The shelters provide services to assist adult residents as they work through the trauma of domestic violence. They oversee after school programs to help children overcome the emotional aftermath of witnessing domestic abuse and guide them to living a healthy and successful social and academic life.
Support the purchase of food for the families living in our shelters. Hunger should never be a reason to return to an abusive home.
Help provide tutoring services for the children in our shelters. Many have switched schools several times and are at-risk of failing. They need help to catch up and keep up.
Stock the libraries housed in our shelters with current and age-appropriate books for the children.