Close to Home: City of San Luis Obispo
Close to Home (C2H) is a sexual violence prevention initiative that aims to mobilize intergenerational community leaders and local organizations to collaborate and improve the health and safety of the people of San Luis Obispo.

C2H participants will gain knowledge, skills, support, and be empowered to dynamically engage the City of San Luis Obispo in building safe, equitable and respectful relationships while working to improve civic health.

The Objective: Create a San Luis Obispo free of violence.

Approach & Commitment:

Leaders will begin the community mobilization process with an 8-hour orientation training. Intersectional issues addressed in the orientation include Roots of Violence, Domestic Violence, Teen Dating Violence, and Sexual Assault/Abuse; Healthy Relationships; Media, Technology, and Gender Socialization; Upstander Guidance (formerly known as Bystander Intervention); Community Connection and Leadership.

Those who participate in the 8-hour orientation will also learn about the C2H style of community mobilization. C2H utilizes a four-phase cycle that includes the following in order; 1) Assess, 2) Talk, 3) Build, and 4) Act. Each stage enables leaders to engage communities in identifying the intersectional impacts of violence and how to address them locally through the four-phase cycle and corresponding activities.

Each cycle should take roughly a year, and once a cycle is complete, another will start. The data and experience gathered previously will be utilized to make the next cycle even more impactful than the one before it.

Throughout this cyclical process, intergenerational leaders will divide into organizing teams, and are expected to make the following time commitments:

Youth Organizing Team (12-16 hours/month)
Adult Organizing Team (12-16 hours/month)

6-8 hours of this time will be both teams working together to ensure every voice is heard.

If interested please fill out the form below and we will contact you with more information!


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