For students at the Village Leadership Academy, understanding consent and sexual violence is a weighty but important topic. Talking with teachers and experts inspired the class with a unique idea for how to respond when the issue hits close to home.
[pullquote]Students create coloring book to support survivors of sexual assault w/support of #ChiTrustActingUp[/pullquote]
“How to Help a Friend” is a new coloring book designed, written and illustrated by students. Inside, readers will find activities teaching them supportive things they can do and say to help, if a friend discloses an assault.
“Students instinctively knew that we needed something that was safe, to allow us to feel comfortable with the issue,” said Daniel Ash, The Chicago Community Trust’s chief marketing officer. “And kids are comfortable with coloring books.”
After conceiving the idea, a group of students applied for funding to produce it though the Acting Up Awards—a microgrant program created by the Trust to supplement the On the Table initiative, by bringing community ideas to life.
In the students’ application video, Jada Miles explained, “We learned in Statistics that most survivors disclose to their teachers at school or other peers, and so we think it’s important that teachers and students know how to handle a survivor.”