Community Education


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 The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is an organization committed to increasing knowledge and awareness of child abuse in our community.  We offer resources and training for your community group on how to recognize and respond to suspected child abuse.

Our school programs empower children to stay safe and make good choices when confronted with uncomfortable situations.  The programs listed below are available for your school, religious education program, or community- based group. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a presentation.


 Learn More About: McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, Mandated Reporting, Healthy Child Sexual Development, How to Talk to Your Child, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), How to Help Your Child Stay Safe

We will develop a presentation to meet your specific needs!

*Lunch and Learn Available upon request

 Stewards of Children Training:

The prevention training program teaches adults how to prevent,recognize, and react responsbily to child sexual abuse.  Sign up for a two-hour training composed of both video and facilitated conversation.  Participants will learn the

5 Steps to Protecting Our Children.

 1.) Learn the Facts

2.) Minimize opportunity

3.) Talk about it

4.) Recognize the Signs

5.)React Responsibly

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High Five! Program

High Five! is a unique, four week child abuse prevention program. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-2, and we offer it to schools in Onondaga County. In addition to working with the students on self-esteem and safety skills, High Five! works alongside teachers, school professionals, and parents to offer a comprehensive program and empower the community to prevent child abuse.

Module 1- Understanding Feelings and Identifying "Feelings Helpers"

Module 2- Safety Around Strangers

Module 3-Rules for Safety

Module 4-Personal Body Safety


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No Bully Zone

No Bully Zone is a two-week anti-bullying program designed for students in 3rd through 5th grades. During our time with students, we will discuss what bullying is and the many forms it can take (including “cyber-bullying”), who’s involved in bullying, and the positive actions students can do to prevent and eliminate bullying in their school. We will end by having the students take a “No Bully Promise”, and a copy of this promise will be left in their classroom to reinforce the messages from the program.

Module 1- What's Bullying, Who's Involved, and What Can I Do?

Module 2- Becoming a "Brave Bystander"


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Internet and Cell Phone Safety

We offer a one-time presentation for students in 6th through 12th grade focusing on what it means to be a responsible "digital citizen."  The program is designed to help young people understand that certain types of communication (strong language, inappropriate pictures of themselves or others, or hurtful messages) can have long lasting consequences, ranging from social impacts to school disciplinary action to criminal charges.

(We provide this program in collaboration with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.)



If you are interested in additional information about these programs or how your school can participate in them, please contact

Book and Website Resources

Books are an essential resource to help us gain information and knowledge about particular subjects. They are also an important tool in helping children learn about themselves and the world around them. In an effort to help you find helpful information about keeping kids in your community safe, we have included a comprehensive resource list of books and websites. Your local library and bookstore are great places to locate these books as well as others you may find helpful


If you suspect that a child is being abused, call Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720