I have a Ph.D. in education with a specialization in youth at risk. I am a school improvement specialist in the public schools. I founded and continue to direct the Coalition for Children, a not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization in Denver, Colorado. I have spent the last 30 years developing curricula to provide effective, affordable programs that work. Amond the well-known curriculua I have authored are: The Safe Child Program - a comprehensive prevention of child abuse curriculum that enables teachers, families and children to intervene before abuse occurs, that gives children skills that make them less vulnerable. The Take A Stand Program is designed to stop patterns of bullying and interpersonal violence in all areas of the community. The Reach and Challenge Programs recognize the powerful forces on young people and adolescents and provide children with skills to make choices that empower their lives. The Recovery Program helps young people who have been abused to rebuild their sense of self and to prevent future victimization.