Prevent Child Abuse America is a voluntary organization dedicated to preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. They build awareness, promote and implement prevention efforts and work to ensure ensure that every child has a great childhood because our children are our future. PCAA introduced the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents PCAA’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies. It reminds us of childlike notions and visually represents the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve. Over one million pinwheels have been displayed since the inception of PCAA’s new pinwheel campaign.
Pinwheels for Prevention
The core fundraising initiative for PCAA revolves around the pinwheels for Prevention campaign promoted in April (Child Abuse Prevention Month). SDT chapters nationwide participate in pinwheel projects on their campuses by selling and displaying pinwheels, and some chapters participate in one of PCAA’s Big Pinwheel Gardens in New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. In addition, many chapters host events and activities throughout the year, from dance marathons to bake sales. We’re working hard to DEFΣΔT CHILD ABUSE! Together, chapters raised more than $325,000 in 2014-15. Since 1982, SDT chapters have raised nearly $3 million.
Sigma Delta Tau underwrote the development of Empower YOUth, the collaboration between PCAA and the Butler University College of Education. This program allows collegiate women to serve as role models through Girls Inc., a national leader in outreach, education, and support, encouraging girls to be strong, smart and bold. Empower YOUth is formatted to help improve social and emotional competencies and positive relationship skills among middle school girls, The hope is that this curriculum will be embedded within a current Girls Inc. program and SDT collegiate women will facilitate the activities as an enhancement. Activities have been developed that aim to increase the five core principles of social and emotional learning (SEL): self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. Research demonstrates that focused development of SEL in students will positively contribute to protective factors, promoting healthy student growth and development, and safer and more supportive learning communities.
SDT alumnae are invited to join with the Sorority to raise funds or volunteer services. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to get involved. For more information on SDT’s National Philanthropy: www.preventchildabuse.org.