The Green Bear Project

The Green Bear Project was created in memory of Baby Ty, a two year old toddler who was tragically killed only three months after returning to his biological family from foster care. Baby Ty’s favorite toy while he was in foster care was a little stuffed green bear he affectionately called “Green Bear.” Just as Green Bear gave baby Ty comfort when he was scared or frightened, we want to comfort and care for children through our organization.

The Green Bear Project has many programs available for concerned adults, professionals and elementary/middle school-aged children. Funding for these programs is provided by SEMO-NASV and private donations. We provide child abuse prevention education programs to the following counties: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott, and Stoddard. All programs are available for FREE.

Programs include:

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The Green Bear Program

The Green Bear Program is a 30-minute program created for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade which teaches students primary child abuse prevention. Parents are encouraged to attend this program with their children so they can talk with their children about what was learned during our class time.

Our message to children is very simple:

  • Our bodies are private. No one should hug you, kiss you, or touch you where you do not want to be hugged, kissed or touched.
  • If someone hugs, kisses, or touches you where you do not want to be hugged, kissed, or touched, it is OK to say, “NO!” Then always tell a grownup.
  • If someone touches you where you do not want to be touched, it is NEVER YOUR FAULT!

Primary abuse prevention is a very important part of our class; we discuss secrets vs. surprises, never accepting gifts without the permission of the person in charge, prevention of abduction situations, online safety, etc.

Younger children (preschool – 2nd grade) participate in a puppet show with Green Bear or his sister, Tiffy Bear. First and second grade students are also read a story about Meagan or Joey, two young characters who were touched where they did not want to be touched and received help. Older children, instead of the puppet show, complete age-appropriate fun books that discuss primary sexual abuse prevention.

A Guide for Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

According to Missouri’s School Board Association, each school in Missouri is now responsible to arrange for training and information necessary to assist staff members in identifying possible instances of child abuse and neglect. Each school is also responsible for implementing a planned program of personal safety and awareness education, including methods for preventing sexual abuse, that shall be provided to teachers, students and parents/guardians (Missouri Statutes- RSMo 160.261, 210 110.165).

Objectives: After completing this two hour course, mandated reporters will be able to:

  • Discuss ways to prevent child abuse in schools, churches and civic organizations (establishing appropriate contact between students/teachers, becoming a role model to students, involving adolescents in building non-violent relationships, engaging men as allies, and classroom supervision).
  • Define child abuse and recognize the importance of Missouri’s mandated reporting laws.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of child abuse.
  • Discover the importance of the Multidisciplinary Team Approach when dealing with suspected child abuse.
  • Perform a preliminary interview when child abuse is suspected.
  • Report and document suspected child abuse in Missouri to Missouri’s Child Abuse Hotline.

Target Audience: All mandated reporters in Missouri, which includes:

  • All school personnel
  • Police officers including juvenile officers
  • Counselors/social workers
  • Clergy and their agents (Sunday school teachers, church leaders and deacons/elders)
  • Medical personnel
  • Foster parents
  • Daycare providers
  • Anyone in Missouri who works with or around children

S.A.F.E. Guide for Growing Up/Healthy Relationships

  • S.A.F.E. Guide to Growing Up. This program provides body safety education designed for sixth grade students. We define sexual abuse, explore different scenarios and how to handle them, discuss online safety, and give safety tips on how to avoid dangerous situations. At the end of class, all students are provided with a HELP card to aid both the student and adult they trust in assisting a child victim and reporting abuse.
  • S.A.F.E. Guide to Healthy Relationships. This program is designed for seventh and eighth grade students to educate them on how to foster healthy relationships and recognize unhealthy ones. We explore with students different scenarios on how to prevent sexual abuse, assault and harassment. Online safety is also discussed, as well as how to develop safety plans if sexual abuse/assault occurs. At the end of class, all students are provided with a HELP card to aid both the student and adult they trust in assisting a victim and reporting abuse.

Raising Healthy Children in Your Community

The Green Bear Project will provide training for concerned adults in our service area. The programs includes content regarding child abuse prevention efforts, online safety, reporting suspected child abuse, and more.  This class can be taught as a community coalition project or for a specific school, organization or faith-based entity.

To schedule a class, contact SEMO-NASV at (573) 332-1900 or leasastone@yahoo.com