Healthy Relationships

Teacher(s): Katie Baechler, Amy Raczynski
Date: 10/9/12 Building: Kelloggsville High School Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

The project we are planning will align with our Sociology curriculum. During our unit on relationships and domestic violence, students will create public service announcements in the form of brochures and videos. These announcements will be handed out to our community, as well as throughout the school. As students learn the importance of creating healthy relationships they will use their knowledge to help others. In addition, we will be creating t-shirts in honor of victims of abuse. These will be displayed in our school and throughout our community to go along with the national “Clothes line Project” which brings awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Irene Smith, a domestic violence advocate for the Kent County court system and women she has worked with who have been victims of domestic violence will speak to our classes. We are also planning a field trip with Irene in April to view an actual court case involving domestic abuse. As a wrap up, we will show the film, It’s a Girl.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

Many of our students come from homes where they have witnessed domestic abuse. We believe there is a strong need in our community to educate people regarding the importance of building strong, healthy relationships. One way we determined the need is by asking our students to brainstorm a list of problems that face our school and community. Dating and domestic violence was one issue that they addressed.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The service that our students will provide is education and awareness. They will provide this in the form of creating brochures to hand out in our school’s counseling office, after school programs, and they will create videos that will hopefully be aired on local networks.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

Family and dating violence is one of the main units we cover in Sociology. Therefore, this project will align well with our curriculum. In addition, we talk a lot about the need for service in Sociology. Getting students out in the community and having them work with their peers will help them meet this service goal.

What are the educational goals? (Don’t forget Character Education and Career Preparation also!)

The educational goals for this project include teaching students about the warning signs of dangerous relationships and also helping them recognize healthy relationships. This will help strengthen their character education. In addition, if they know the difference between acceptable and unacceptable relationships they will be more prepared for society and the working world. As for career preparation, we have many students who are interested in working in the social work field or education system, we feel that this unit is a great eye-opener.

State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

Since Sociology is an elective, we have a lot of freedom. The course description states that sociology is a science that studies human society and social behavior. In this class we will focus on scientific research methods, the history of sociology and current trends/studies in sociology. However, this will address the following standards and benchmarks we have established.
• Family Structure
• Relationships
• Dating Violence


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

• Pre and post assessments (Students will actually take a test on the curriculum)
• Helping others (Students will actively get involved in the school or community teaching about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships)
• Presentations on healthy vs. unhealthy behaviors
• Would like to include the flip camera here and do video presentations
• Brochures on healthy relationships and places to turn if you need help (Hopefully take a field trip to Safe Haven)


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

We tend to do this unit after we cover culture and discrimination. Therefore, the goal is to incorporate many perspectives and experiences in this project. For example, it is always interesting to hear male and female stories on dating violence. Many believe that females are only victims of dating violence, but statistics show that women are just as likely to be emotionally abusive as men. We will also tie in how different genders are treated differently in other cultures.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will gain ownership of this project by leading it. They will be responsible for designing brochures and handouts that will be given out to the community and their peers. In addition, we already have a peer listening program that is set up at the high school. Many of our students are involved in this program and already counsel students on relationship issues. Our goal is to have more of our students involved in this. In addition, Safe Haven comes in to speak and do a two day presentation to our students. Our goal is to meet with them to see if our students can volunteer or help out their organization in any way.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

• Safe Haven (who we have used in the past) – but we hope to gain at least one more community partner.
• Kent County Court system

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will see an organization in their community that is set up to help people who are struggling, while also learning the skills and information they need to have healthy relationships of their own. It is important to erase the stigma and silence surrounding domestic violence

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Safe Haven will benefit from this collaboration by having high school volunteers who are willing to help their organization.

The Kent Country Court System along with their domestic violence advocate will benefit by being able to get the word out about domestic abuse and sharing actual cases with students, therefore bring the issue to life.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

Students will be assessed through pre and post assessments. Students will also be assessed through their brochures, presentations, and classroom discussions.

How will you assess your service goals?

We will assess the service goals by identifying the needs of Safe Haven prior to volunteering. When they come in to present we will get ideas regarding what types of work they need done. At the end, we will check to see if we met these goals.

We will also ask for an evaluation from Irene and the women she works for.



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

We will prepare our students for this experience by covering a unit on relationships and domestic violence before we begin. Students will have the resources and education needed to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, so they will be able to advise and help others.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

• Present during a pep assembly (do a skit representing healthy and unhealthy relationships)
• Create and distribute brochures to the community
• Peer mediate (with relationship troubles)
• Volunteer at Safe Haven Women’s Shelter
• Field trip to the Kent County Court house
• National Clothes Line Project
• Speakers from the Kent County Court system



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

This project addresses the issue of sustainability by educating the students and the community about the importance of healthy relationships. The long term goal is that students will come from homes that are safe and loving, while also practicing healthy relationships themselves. In addition, we would love to partner with an outside agency to allow students to volunteer their time to help those who are suffering from abuse.