Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

CAASE addresses the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation. Our work includes prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services.
Feb 8, 2012

Analysis of the Curriculum's Evaluation

At the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation brought on a new intern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Kendra Harding is pursuing an MA in Forensic Psychology, and holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Iowa.  She has proved invaluable to the organization, and spent the fall putting her research expertise to good use by analyzing all of the student evaluations from the first year of the CAASE’s curriculum, “Empowering Young Men.”  She has compiled her findings in this comprehensive report.

In previous project reports, Education Outreach Associate Caleb Probst has used some of the data from the evaluations to illustrate the results of the program in the classroom.  Harding’s report, however, is the first comprehensive analysis of all the student responses from the first year of the program.  It is CAASE’s hope that her work will provide donors with detailed insight into the work they are doing every day in the classrooms of Chicago’s high schools. 

Thank you for your support of this work and of GlobalGiving!


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Nov 22, 2011

Update November 2011- The Year So Far"

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s New Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

The first three months of the current school year have been marked with several successes for the Education Outreach team at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.  We have added two new education interns to our team, and they have made valuable contributions to our effort to teach young people.  We have also expanded our curriculum offerings and have added another school to our list of partnerships.  Thank you for the generous support that has made the work possible. 

In addition to presenting Empowering Young Men to roughly 100 young men so far, the team has also presented workshops on gender inequality, sexual harassment, and consent.  We created these new workshops because schools requested additional programming, and the team was able to deliver.  This fall, CAASE’s educators have presented programs aimed at reducing all forms of gender-based violence to over 400 students.  The more we are presenting, the more schools are asking for us to work with their students, but we still need your help.

The requests for additional programming have created an additional goal.  In addition to increasing the numbers of students and schools to which we will present Empowering Young Men, CAASE has committed to creating supplemental workshops dealing with a variety of topics related to sexual exploitation and gender-based violence.  The workshops on gender, sexual harassment, and consent have been well-received, and we plan to add workshops to address pornography, pimping, and trafficking.

 By expanding the number of programming options, CAASE is simultaneously expanding the breadth of its impact.  This new school year is off to great start, and has shown us that schools are in need of our programs.  At the moment, however, we are not equipped to handle all of the requests from schools.  We need you now.  Please continue to support us and GlobalGiving in empowering and equipping young leaders to create a world filled with mutual respect and is free from sexual violence and harm.

Aug 23, 2011

Getting Ready for a New School Year

Progress Report on the Implementation of

CAASE’s New Prevention Curriculum:

Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation

 

            While the schools that we partner with have been on summer vacation, the Education Outreach team at the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation has remained hard at work.  Thank you for the generous support that has made the work possible.  In the 2010-11 school year, CAASE brought its curriculum into seven schools and taught over 700 young men.  The goal for the 2011-12 school year is to partner with ten schools in order to reach 1000 young men and empower them to become allies ready to stand against sexual exploitation and violence.  During the summer months CAASE’s educator contacted the ten perspective schools, and will begin meeting with teachers, counselors, and principals very soon.

            In addition to expanding its number of school partnerships, CAASE has also finished a “toolkit” designed for teachers to use in their classrooms.  The “toolkit” can be used to continue the conversation about ending sexual exploitation after a class of young men has participated in Empowering Young Men, or to begin one between the young men and women in a class.  The “toolkit” has a wide array of lesson plans that range from discussions about gender stereotypes to creating practical solutions for reducing gender-based violence.  It also encourages teachers to incorporate some of the activities across a variety of academic disciplines, and provides suggestions on how to do this.  The “toolkit” is not intended to be a stand-alone curriculum, but rather a catalog of ideas for supplementing a teacher’s pre-existing lesson plans.

            By expanding the number of partnering schools and creating a teacher “toolkit,” CAASE is increasing both the breadth and depth of Empowering Young Men.  The 2010-11 school year was a tremendous success by all measures, and we at CAASE hope to build upon this success as we enter a new academic year.  Please continue to support us and GlobalGiving in empowering and equipping young leaders to create a world free from sexual exploitation, violence, and harm.

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