Proyecto UNICA understands that the root of all violence is power, control, and oppression. We believe that we cannot end domestic and sexual violence without addressing the root causes of racism, colonialism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism. In order for all people to live free of violence and control, it is critical that we cultivate a culture of safety, care, and empathy within our communities. Proyecto UNICA uses a bicultural, bilingual, and popular education model to prevent domestic and sexual violence and support survivors, families, and communities who have experienced and been impacted by violence.
Classes for Youth: PAS
Our prevention team partners with the SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Service System and other schools/school-based programs in the Portland metro area to provide primary prevention classes to youth of all ages. What makes our classes unique in the field of primary prevention is our curriculum developed in concert with our culturally specific mission. We pride ourselves on our emphasis on cultural identity development specific to the Latinx community which creates a safe and culturally affirming space for the youth we serve. Our nine class series delves into topics such as:
● Gender Roles and Expression
● Healthy Relationships
● Power & Control
● Media Impact
● Promoting Positive Social Change
In each class we dedicate half our time to artistic creation based in ancestral roots as an invitation to encounter self and community as well as to develop self-care practices.