Resolve, formerly IMPACT Personal Safety, a nonprofit organization dedicated to violence prevention, will be holding Speak Up, Speak Out: Module 1, a bystander intervention training, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Family Strengths Network at 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos.
Teens and adults will learn and practice different strategies for intervening — whether it is someone we know telling an offensive joke or making a concerning comment, or an instance of harassment or violence we witness in public. This class is free and open to the public ages 13 and up; however, pre-registration is required.
This training will focus on identifying harmful behaviors and exploring ways to address them in our personal lives. Participants will also discuss bystander intervention techniques and role-play these techniques in a supportive and safe environment.
Module 2 of Speak Up, Speak Out is 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos at 1738 N Sage Loop in Los Alamos. This second class adds onto concepts discussed in Module 1 and focuses more on role-playing bystander intervention scenarios and practicing adrenaline management.
“So many of us want to act when we see harassment and injustice, but often we don’t know what to do,” Resolve Executive Director Alena Schaim said. “These workshops allow people who want to act as allies practice bystander intervention scenarios so they have the confidence to do so in their everyday life. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Family Strengths Network and the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos to provide these skills to people who are eager to make our communities stronger and safer.”
About Resolve: Resolve is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent violence by building skills and inspiring individuals to be agents of personal, community, and cultural change. We have been teaching self- defense classes in New Mexico for 18 years. Our self-defense classes teach a research-based, trauma-informed curriculum that was developed over 45 years ago to teach effective prevention and intervention skills for the average person.