Sports have enormous influence on culture and can play an important role in preventing sexual and domestic violence. Youth sports, in particular, teach youth more than just how to play the game. Life lessons such as teamwork, leadership skills, accountability, and self-reflection can all be facilitated through participation in sport and sports teams. Efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence through sport typically target men and boys, but what about women and girls? Sport has the ability to lift up athletes on women and girls’ teams as leaders who play an important role in demanding and reinforcing a culture that denounces violence and supports healthy individuals, relationships, and communities.
Join PreventConnect and Raliance to explore these possibilities and to learn about a new culturally competent and research-based prevention program for high school girls’ sports teams called, “Student Leaders and Athletic Youth” (SLAY). The lead author of the program and student-athlete participants will share curriculum content, evaluation results, and highlight an RPE-funded project at a diverse urban high school in Seattle as a case example. The author will also share about new opportunities for piloting the program and evaluation.