The Pebble Project keeps children “safe, strong, and free” through school-based workshops and community education.
‘Pebble’ refers to the ripple effect of each person’s effort to prevent child abuse in our community.
A child who lives in fear of abuse cannot be successful in school. The Pebble Project exists to prevent child abuse and neglect by empowering children to contribute to their own safety, by increasing adult awareness and protection of all children, and by working with others to find solutions that reduce child abuse.
“The ripple effect of our actions or inactions can be enormous spanning generations….Predators thrive in silence. It is all too common for people to choose not to get involved. Whether you choose to act or do nothing, you are shaping the world that we live in; impacting others. …. If just one adult had listened, believed, and acted, the people standing before you on this stage (140 people) would not have met him (Larry Nasser – 1 man!).” — Olympian Aly Raisman
About the Pebble Project
- 5,320 children received child-abuse prevention information
- 2,373 students engaged in individual conversations following workshops
- Of the 3,051 kids surveyed, over 92% indicated the program improved life skills to prevent or end victimization
- 100% of the 260 children who disclosed abuse or strife received service referrals
- 486 adults received child-abuse prevention information
- Child-abuse prevention presentations using the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) curriculum, www.internationalcap.org
- Guided discussions about dangerous situations
- Opportunities for children to disclose abuse and referrals for reported abuse
The Pebble Project prevents child abuse and neglect by empowering children to contribute to their own safety through recognizing abusive or dangerous situations, resisting abuse, and telling a trusted adult if they have been abused. It also increases adult awareness and protection of all children.
For more than 30 years, Prevention Education Specialists have provided prevention training to more than 5,000 children per year on approximately 40 elementary school campuses and close to 600 adults have received child abuse awareness training as well. Pebble Project connected approximately 400 children to counseling services and other appropriate agencies in response to disclosed abuse or harm this past school year.
In their own words:
Our staff feels very lucky to have had The Pebble Project at our school for many years… It never ceases to amaze me how many children will disclose things after your lessons. This year we had a very alarming attempted abduction of one of our students a few weeks after the lessons were presented. It is very clear to me that the child remembered what had been taught, and used the information to help herself. Students here often refer back to the role plays you present. – Cherrie Taylor, School Counselor
Watch the Pebble Project Video
SCHEDULE AN ADULT WORKSHOP IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH:
Contact Jamie Avard-Fernandez
VOLUNTEER PEBBLE PROJECT PRESENTERS:
The Communities In Schools Pebble Project staff present interactive role-plays to elementary school students to help prevent child assault and abuse. Volunteers take part in the role-plays and skits in classrooms during the morning hours. Volunteers must be able to commit to extensive training, must be able to volunteer in the morning hours at schools around Austin, and must commit to volunteer for at least 11 presentations after completing training. Contact Kristin Walker, Volunteer Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
ONLINE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION & EDUCATION RESOURCES:
Tip Sheets in English & Spanish for parents and caregivers
Prevent Child Abuse America
Provides information on child abuse and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of children
HelpandHope.org offers parenting tips, resources, and family fun activities.
Children’s Action Alliance
Helps promote the well-being of children and their families through research, policy development, media campaigns and advocacy.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau
Government site featuring information on child abuse, statistics, and resources related to child welfare