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Blog:Helping Children Be "Safe, Strong and Free" Amidst a Pandemic

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Manny Becerra as a child

November 2020

Earlier this year, during Child Abuse Prevention month, I shared a few resources that are available to children and adults who are seeking or need help, particularly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reimagining educational outreach and training

Since then (March 2020), and with the pandemic being more wide-spread and more children doing distance learning as a result, the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project, like other organizations, has been pushed to really rethink, or reimagine, its programming material; specifically, on how best to continue to provide accessible, effective training to children on how to be, "Safe, Strong and Free!"

Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project teaches children to recognize & deal with dangerous situations. CAP's had to reimagine its programming methods amidst a pandemic to best continue to provide children accessible, effective training on how to be, "Safe, Strong and Free!"

Child Assault Prevention facilitators/educators on studio demontrating the "Safe, Strong and Free" songChild Assault Prevention facilitators/educators on studio role-playing a bully situation and how children can best respond to it to be Safe, Strong and Free

Collaboration with UNR's School of Journalism + Alpha Design

To help with this effort, and being CAP's board of director that is helping lead the org's community outreach and partnership efforts, I reached out to my friends and collaborators, Alpha Design. Alpha Design is a faculty-led, student-run design studio in the Reynolds School of Journalism (J-School) at the University of Nevada, Reno. They work with real clients to create strategy-based visual communication that strengthens relationships with their target audience. After some initial emails to kick things off with Alpha Design, followed by some brainstorming between them, me and CAP's executive director, Becky LeBeau, a project was born, specifically, a video project that would produce distance learning video content to help CAP's facilitators better reach children throughout Nevada communities.

If you need help with an abuse or neglect problem today, call: 1 (833) 900-SAFE (7233).

Child Assault Prevention facilitators/educators on studio role-playing a situation and demonstrating how children can best respond to it to be Safe, Strong and Free

Next steps, what's next

Fast forward to today, I'm proud to announce that we just finished production (filming) at the J-School's studio. Next week, we'll kickoff post-production, e.g. editing, followed by distribution, wherein, CAP can begin to use the new distance learning video content with children. During filming, our small group of CAP facilitators and studio crew followed CDC COVID-19 guidelines and those adopted by UNR.

I'm grateful to both the Alpha Design team and the Journalism School's faculty and administrators who were open to another collaboration together, especially this one, geared toward's elevating children's safety. In addition, hats off to CAP's facilitators/educators who knocked it out of the park in the studio! I also had the privilege of going behind the camera to do some directing as well, it was a blast all-around!

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If you need help with an abuse or neglect problem today, call: 1 (833) 900-SAFE (7233). If you have any questions about this project or would like to collaborate on something similar, please reach out to me—I'm always open to exploring projects that are community oriented.

Stay Safe, Strong and Free!

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Manny Becerra as a child

I am human, a father, and a problem solver: an inclusive tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in recruiting and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, accessible digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and values also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, outdoor and education advocacy, community building, and amplifying voices from historically marginalized communities. Learn more about Manny

I operate from a place of compassion, possibility and imagination. My work and efforts share a common goal: create a better, sustainable and equitable world by building inclusive communities, products & experiences.