May 31 was the last day of school presentations for Hope House's education team. For the 2017-2018 school year, they facilitated 530 presentations to K-12 youth at 42 elementary, middle, and high schools in 19 school districts as well as to teens at the Boys & Girls Club in Baraboo, a group of Girls Scouts in Baraboo, the Sauk County Teens N Theater group, and to teens participating in a Shanty Town event in Lodi. Many thanks to our school and after-school partners in helping us reach so many students with presentation topics, such as respect, protective behaviors, healthy relationships, anti-bullying, internet safety, sexual harassment, consent and sexual assault, dating violence, childhood domestic violence, bystander intervention, gender roles and violence, media literacy, and more.
If you'd like to learn more about or schedule Hope House's youth presentations for the school year or the summer or presentations offered to adults, please contact the Hope House Resource Center at 608-356-9123 or send us an email.
Here are just a few quotes from high school students on their presentation evaluations:
- "I really liked the activity we did with the song lyrics. I didn't realize just how bad some of the lyrics are. It really opened my mind."
- "This really did help me understand what I should do as an individual to help others going through stuff like this if and when they come and talk to me."
- "I liked how [the presenter] was very open with us and spoke at our age level."
- "I think that seeing the messages in songs was a really good way to show how the media portrays unhealthy relationships. I also think that talking about consent is really important and that [the presenter] did a really wonderful job on teaching about consent."
- "I thought the presentation was very helpful and it really made me feel comfortable to ask questions and to take in new information."
- "[The presenter] was an amazing person that showed me many things I never knew before like illegal things with sex and how you should help a friend, or just how to create a healthy relationship."
- "thank you for this, as i've never been in a relationship this has given me a some tips and help to when that time does come around."
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting used stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include the following:
- Food: Juice Boxes, Bottled Water, Granola/Protein Bars, Canned Food (tuna, chicken, fruit), Single-Serving Snacks
- Cleaning Supplies: Disinfectant Spray
- Clothing: Women's Underwear (size 5 to 8, new in package), Men's Underwear (all sizes, new in package)
- Personal Care Items: Deodorant (for men), Hand sanitizer
- Program Supplies: Mosquito Repellent, Sunscreen, Bubbles, Tomato Plants and Soil
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or Hivebiz65@gmail.com.
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