Violence Prevention Working Group – Session II

Violence prevention

Date of Event: December 18, 2014   Location of Event: BUILD, Inc.


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Essential Highlights:

  • Introduction to Element II: Program Model and its three Indicators: Program Foundation, Program Content, and Program Delivery 
  • Three of CISC’s very own community partners took the lead introducing the Indicators.
  • Participants worked individually to identify strengths of their programming based on each Indicator, as well as new ideas they might want to try.
  • Participants collaborated with their Buddy Group members to share their own “next steps”.


In the morning of December 18, thirteen agencies gathered in the Austin community at BUILD, Inc. for the second Violence Prevention Working Group session.

Group members had a special treat: three of their own colleagues were guest presenters, and each talked about one of the three Program Model Indicators. Alexandra Kumin of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, kicked off the morning by introducing Program Foundation, using key examples from YWCA’s own programming. Next, Chris Ptak engaged everyone in learning about Program Content. He shared how this Indicator is carefully woven into Sarah’s Inn’s programming. Finally, Megan Blomquist of Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) wrapped up with a clear description of how important Program Delivery is for RVA programming.

Throughout the morning, group members had an opportunity to reflect on their own programming using graphic organizers (see materials). Participants then transitioned into small groups to create personalized action plans (see “Next Steps” in materials). These small groups became their Buddy Groups: small networks of continued support for all of the participants.

As participants finished up the morning, members of each Buddy Group were encouraged to stay in contact with each other to bounce ideas off of each other, share successes, and troubleshoot as ongoing support until the Group reconvened in March.

Materials from Event:

Participating Organizations: 

Anti-Cruelty Society
Between Friends
Cook County Sheriff Youth Services Department
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Imagination Theater
Insight Project for Kids
National Runaway Safeline
Rainbow House
Sarah’s Inn
Thousand Waves


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