PROJECT SAFE INC
May 21, 2011
I had the opportunity to volunteer with Project Safe's Superheroes program, which is aimed at helping young victims/witnesses of domestic violence (children ages 6-11) with the healing process, as well as teaching them skills for future safety. Through a series of weekly sessions, children learn that they are not alone (in experiencing family violence), that they are not to blame (for the family violence), and what they can do to protect themselves and their families in the future. The children benefit from group therapy from a group of children in a similar situation, as well as one-on-one discussion with facilitators/volunteers. A variety of mediums (i.e. worksheets, discussion, role-plays, guest speakers) give children the opportunity to learn about domestic violence, family changes, and other issues children may have experienced. The children also have the opportunity to play games with and socialize each other, making friends, and realizing that others have experienced similar family issues. Having participated with the program multiple times, I can attest that these children undergo major positive transitions during the program (assuming they are able to attend a majority of the sessions and are able to focus). Kids who originally were very apprehensive about discussing their family issues learn to trust others, and are able to discuss (with pride) what they have learned. Kids who originally did not know the words to express themselves learn how to communicate their feelings in a positive manner. This program is wonderful, as it serves as many different types of therapy. In addition to tackling issues related to family violence, volunteers and facilitators are able to address issues that may be specific to a certain child/children. By far the most wonderful experience of the program is the graduation night, when participants, facilitators, and mentors discuss the growth each child has experienced during the program. It is a truly touching , inspiring night of tears, as you can see the real healing that has occurred (and continues to occur) in the lives of these families. Superheroes is a wonderful program, and Project Safe is a wonderful organization that I highly respect.
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My experience with this organization has highly influenced my personal career goals, and has confirmed that this is the type of work I need to be doing. As a volunteer, my time with Project Safe has been both emotionally rewarding, as well as educational. The experience I've received has been invaluable to both my personal and professional life.
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No complaints!!! I experienced multiple rounds of the Superheores program, and I think it works best with a large number of volunteers, so I encourage Project Safe to keep a good Volunteer to Participant ratio.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I learned many therapeutic skills that I hope to put into practice one day through my time with Project Safe
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Volunteer & I volunteered as a mentor/partner for one child during each session.