Key Components

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The three key components of the SAFE through the arts program form the acronym of SAFE. We believe that the three key components, Self Affirmation, Financial literacy and Education of non violence form the basis needed for children to learn to empower   themselves from bullying. These are also the three key components, which  help prevent women from identifying and staying in abusive relationships. We believe that children need to be given the tools to empower themselves at an early age in order to help to increase their chances of being vibrant, compassionate, and positively participating members of society.

Self Affirmation

Self-Affirmation, the first key component of the SAFE through the arts program, is about empowering ourselves while re-affirming our positive qualities and building up our self- esteem. SAFE through the arts addresses Self-Affirmation during the first three weeks of the seven week program. We do this through helping children to identify their unique strengths; Teaching children to have self-control over their hands and feet; and through embracing diversity.

Financial literacy

Financial literacy, in early childhood education, equates to Self worth. In the first key component, Self-Affirmation, children learn that they are super and unique for just being themselves whereas the second key component, Financial literacy, additionally teaches children that the contributions they make to their home, school and community  have value. Through dramatic role play, children have the opportunity to “try on” different careers and imagine themselves graduating from co
llege. Children participating in SAFE through the arts learn the importance of being paid for ones work during the Financial literacy key component, which comprises weeks four and five of the program.

Education of non violence

Education of non violence is the third and final key component of the SAFE through the arts program. In this key component, which comprises the final two weeks of the program, we teach children skills and tools for getting along with others. Marshall Rosenberg’s principals of non violent communication are incorporated as well as active exercises in listening, anger management, and using kind and compassionate language.