In order to raise awareness about healthy relationships and prevent future generations from suffering abuse, JCADA developed its prevention initiative AWARE® (Adolescents Working for Awesome Relationship Experiences). AWARE® provides age-appropriate experiential and interactive workshops for youth and young adults in 6th grade through college, as well as for parents and educators at area congregations, public and private schools, Jewish day schools, youth groups and camps.

Brief descriptions are provided below. For additional resources and further details about AWARE®’s workshops designed for parents, teens and educators, please click here to visit the AWARE® website.

Audiences: 9th-12th grade students, college students or parents

AWARE®’s core workshop is a choose-your-own-path style workshop in which participants assume the role of a character who is in an abusive relationship or is witnessing one. Participants learn how to identify the red flags of dating abuse, who to talk to and how to help a friend.

Audiences: 9th-12th grade students

Building on the ideas and tools introduced in the original It’s Not Love® program, participants examine different methods of verbal and emotional abuse, discuss the challenges of speaking up in an unhealthy situation and use role play activities to practice their skills.

Audiences: 6th-8th grade students

This experiential workshop explores the challenges of navigating friendships in middle school. Incorporating the choose-your-own-path workshop model used in It's Not Love®, as well as icebreakers, creative brainstorming, role-play and other experiential tools, this program is designed to be developmentally appropriate for younger students. 

Trainings for Educators and Youth Professionals: Educators learn how to recognize red flags of unhealthy relationships and friendships, the tools to use when talking with young people and resources available within their organization and the community.

To schedule an AWARE® workshop, contact