CAPS Volunteer Presenters have facilitated our highly-acclaimedstudent prevention programs to hundreds of thousands of children, in grades 2 through 12, in over 100 Long Island school districts. Some are trained to present parent prevention programs as well.
Our presenters all have one thing in common: a special interest in child abuse prevention. Our volunteer corps includes teachers, police officers, attorneys, guidance counselors, social workers, etc. Many are still active in their profession, some are retirees. Still others are moms and dads who want to help their children and their classmates.
Our Volunteer Presenters report they see the change CAPS prevention programs bring about first-hand. Students who have been victims of bullying or harassment have spoken out and asked their classmates to stop. Those who have been the bullies or the harassers have said they would try to change. Young girls have come forward to reveal their experiences with date rape and sexual abuse. Girls and boys have confided about the sexual teasing and embarrassment they have suffered. We get the most disclosures from kids who have just participated in our child abuse prevention programs—Safety Rules! for grades 2 and 3, and Child Abuse Prevention for high school students—a turning point for them as well as an opportunity for us to really make an impact on their lives and get them the help they need.
If you enjoy working with children and are comfortable speaking in public, you can be a Volunteer Presenter. We provide professional training to qualified individuals to present the student programs that interest them the most in the grades they are most comfortable teaching.
- live on/near Long Island, New York
- have at least a high school education
- be at least 21 years old
- drive and have transportation
- be available during school hours
- commit to presenting at least one program per month
- be reliable
- be comfortable with public speaking
- be at ease among children
- be willing to learn about the issues and continue your CAPS education through ongoing workshops
Once you go through our initial screening and interviewing process, and are accepted as a volunteer, you will begin your orientation and training. This is generally several hours over a period of a couple of months. CAPS will then work with you to focus on the program(s) you would like to present, within a reasonable radius of where you live.
With subsequent training sessions scheduled at CAPS throughout the year, you and other volunteers have the opportunity to learn to deliver specific workshops to students in elementary, middle and/or high school, on topics including bully and cyber-bully prevention, sexual harassment, date rape, Internet safety, and child abuse and neglect.