On January 26, 2015 training began for 12 interns slated to deliver the Teens ‘N Transition program this spring. These interns represent Iona College, Manhattanville College, Pace University, Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Westchester Community College.
Elise Murphy, Program Coordinator, said, “This is going to be a great presentation season because of the passion that each of these interns brings. They are all individuals with different interests and backgrounds, but yet their passion comes together to unite us all towards a singular message of safety. Each one is passionate and serious about the role they can play in reducing the risk of victimization for others.”
Interns must go through an intensive 8-week training program. Training begins by learning about Lindsey Marie Bonistall, our Foundation’s namesake. Interns also get to hear from Board Vice-Chair, Kathleen Bonistall, about Lindsey’s legacy and the Foundation. Followed by the background of PEACE OUTside Campus, interns are taught about leading campus safety legislation like the Cleary Act and Title IX.
Much of the training is specifically spent learning about our presentation topics, which include: on and off campus living, personal safety, social life, hazing, influence of drugs and alcohol, date rape drugs, sexual assault, and dating violence. Interns are also instructed in the art of public speaking.
This year, we are thrilled to have four guest speakers enhance our training program. Michele Nelson, Director of Off-Campus Housing at Iona College, came to talk to our interns about the transition of moving off campus and presented resources to stay safe while living off campus. Richard Julius, from Student Assistance Services, will share about the influence of drugs and alcohol on adolescents. Clarissa Espinoza, from Victims Assistance Services, will explain the traumatic impact of sexual victimization. Interns will also learn about different types of abusive relationships, how to seek help, and legislation surrounding dating violence from Natalie Sobchak at Pace Women’s Justice Center.
By March, interns will be well versed in the content and will go through several rounds of mock presentations before presenting in front of the Board of Directors at PEACE OUTside Campus. With the Board’s approval, each intern will be ready to present to area schools.
If you are interested in scheduling a program for your high school or want more information about Teens ‘N Transition, please call 914-428-4411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.