The Three Key Components of SAFE through the Arts
Key 1: Self-Affirmation
What is Self-Affirmation?
- Self-Affirmation is any thought or action that affirms the positive qualities that are part of our own unique self.
- Self-Affirmation is taking responsibility for validating our intentions and aspirations without the approval of others.
- Self-Affirmation is believing in one’s own ability to reach our highest potential in spite of challenges or obstacles.
- Self-Affirmation is loving and approving of oneself without the external influence of media or the opinions of others.
- Self-Affirmation is upholding our values, inner truths, and integrity above peer pressure.
- Self-Affirmation is empowering ourselves through self-awareness and learning to take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Why is Self-Affirmation important?
Self-Affirmed individuals (people with high esteem who have a clear perspective of their abilities, talents, and goals) are much less likely to become involved in and/or remain in relationships based upon power and control.
How does the SAFE through the Arts program address Self-Affirmation?
SAFE through the Arts encompasses Self -affirmation by addressing the following:
- Celebrating our unique selves by affirming our strengths, interests, passions, abilities and goals through dance (movement sequences) and art (collage).
- Building self –esteem through participation in the Arts, embracing one’s own ethnicity and encouraging participation in school and community activities.,
- Learning how to take care of ourselves emotionally by integrating tools to help us cope with grief, loneliness, and anger.
- Learning how to take care of ourselves physically by taking care of our bodies through proper nutrition and exercise.
- Learning how to center oneself through meditation and visualization exercises.
Key 2: Financial literacy
What is Financial literacy?
- Financial literacy is knowing how to manage ones’ own financial resources.
- Financial literacy is having control over and being able to make choices on how to save and spend one’s own money.
- Financial literacy is learning how to keep a healthy balance between spending and earnings.
- Financial literacy is financial empowerment.
Why is Financial literacy important?
Many people stay in abusive relationships because they are dependent upon the other person for financial support. When we learn to achieve financial independence, we can make educated choices regarding staying in or leaving relationships that are not based upon financial dependence.
How does the SAFE through the Arts program address Financial literacy?
SAFE through the Arts encompasses financial independence by addressing the following:
- Understanding the importance of getting an education, obtaining a job, and opening up one’s own bank account as the three important steps to becoming financially independent.
- Learning the process of applying for a job including interviewing and how to write a cover letter, resume, and follow-up letter.
- Learning more about the different types of jobs and careers that are available for teenagers and adults, and how to visualize and find employment.
- Learning the basics of banking including what types of accounts are available, the importance receiving interest through income-bearing accounts and the danger of accruing debt through the use of credit cards.
- How to stand up to someone who is trying to stop us from achieving our financial goals.
Key 3: Education of non-violence
- What is Education of Non-violence?
- Education of Non-violence involves learning how to create relationships based upon equality, mutual sharing, respect, and trust.
- Education of Non-violence is the process of learning to use words, actions, and thoughts that support and strengthen others, instead of hurting and breaking down self-esteem.
- Education of Non-violence encompasses learning how to communicate based upon empathy, listening, and understanding rather than blaming, threatening, and condoning.
- Education of Non-violence implies learning how to recognize and obtain a balance of power within a relationship as well as a willingness to work cooperatively.
- Education of Non-violence is learning how to create a state of being in which love and harmony prevail over fear and control.
Why is Education of Non-violence important?
It is only possible to seek and form healthy and loving relationships if we have models, guides, and tools from which we can form these relationships.
How does the SAFE through the Arts program address Education of Non-violence?
SAFE through the Arts encompasses Education of Non-Violence by addressing the following:
- Familiarizing oneself with the principals of non-violent communication.
- Building listening skills based on rhythmic repetition (call and response).
- Learning to recognize and express one’s feelings through journal writing, vocabulary building and the creative and performing Arts.
- Learning to recognize signs of healthy relationships built upon mutual understanding, compassionate communication, and trust.
- Creating tools for controlling anger, sadness, and other emotions through appropriate and productive avenues of expression.