Who we are: A grassroots organization consisting of parents, educators, citizens, UCD and City of Davis partners.
In the past few months, effort has focused on sexual assault on college campuses, but until recently, little has trickled down to the high school level. The University of California mandates sexual assault training for incoming freshman, yet in Davis our schools have traditionally offered nothing after a brief unit in the 9th grade. Just when teens are most likely to encounter sexual assault, we adults are saying little about it.
What we are doing: Making vital changes by bringing together the forces necessary to push bystander training, and anti-sexual assault, relationship-violence, and consent law education into schools. Designed by county-funded Empower Yolo, these programs are now being implemented in our middle and our high schools as well.
Dawn Yackzan has been a teacher for 25 years. She spearheaded this campaign and continues to work with community officials and Empower Yolo to bring awareness to this issue.
Education and Publicity
Michael Leahy is the Da Vinci High School counselor and Davis Senior High School basketball coach. He is supporting SAAC through education and local media outreach.
Pam Eimers is a health teacher at Holmes Junior High School. She helps write and edit the campaign criteria of SAAC contest.
Natalie Zehnder is the crisis counselor at Davis Senior High School. She coordinates Empower Yolo events and presentations at Davis Senior High School.
To implement yearly Empower Yolo trainings--from bullying to sexual assault and dating violence prevention--in all DJUSD schools. Our goal is to educate the community on this complex issue.