WHO® (We Help Ourselves) is a prevention and education program designed for youth grades Pre-K through high school. WHO® teaches children how to protect themselves from victimization, such as child abuse, neglect, bullying, kidnapping, peer pressure, domestic violence, social media, and emotional abuse.
Through in-class presentations, training, materials and flash drives for K-12 educators, WHO® meets TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards and is used in several school districts, including Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks, Plano, Lewisville and McKinney.
According to evidence and feedback from educators using the WHO® curriculum, the program is known to reduce fighting and school suspensions. School counselors have reported that the program reduces bullying and inappropriate touching, and improves the mental health of the school. Based on that evidence, the program is most effective in groups of 20-30 children.
Unlike similar programs, WHO® relays important information in a non-threatening manner with no scare tactics. Trained facilitators guide the curriculum, which goes far beyond simplistic “stranger-danger” situations. Follow-up lesson plans are also an essential part of the WHO® Program.
The curriculum is also available in Spanish from kindergarten through high school.