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Our mission

A cultural paradigm shift in violence prevention

Our mission is to transform violence prevention in schools by ending first-time perpetration and victimization.  To this end, we provide holistic prevention education, trauma-informed victim support, and tailored tools and policies for institutional change.

our programs

offerings for all

25,000

sTUDENT PARTICIPANTS

Reaching over 25,000 students with prevention education directly.

350

TRAINED EDUCATORS

Trained over 350 educators on the curriculum who continue to use the curriculum with their students.

90,000

wORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Nearly 90,000 educators/parents/schools admin/law enforcement/direct service providers reached with trainings and workshops

our advisory board

We work collaboratively

Adriana Galván, Ph.D

Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Lab and Co-Executive Director of the Center for the Developing Adolescent at USC

Shafia Zaloom

Health educator and author who's work centers on human development, community building, ethics and social justice

Peter Langman, Ph.D.

Expert on the psychology of school shooters and other perpetrators of mass violence

Sharon Cooper, MD

Developmental and forensic pediatrician

Dr. Arie W. Kruglanski

Esteemed scholar of radicalization and terrorism, focusing on human motivation as it relates to thinking, feeling and behavior

Staci Whitney, L.M.S.W.

Expert on interviewing children and adults with disabilities

Jeff Temple, Ph.D

Vice Dean School of Nursing UTMB and Founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention

Pamela Mejia

Head of Research at Berkeley Media Studies Group, specializing in narrative change, strategic communication, and media advocacy support

Lisa Arnett

Foster-care advocate and survivor

Tim Kordic

LAUSD, Project Manager for comprehensive sexual health/and HIV prevention-education

Abbie Richards

TikToker and TikTok disinformation researcher

Kaia Stern

Cofounder and Director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University and lecturer speaking on topics such as liberation theology, ethics, punishment, and race.

Mary-Frances O'Connor

Researcher focusing on the physiological correlates of emotion, in particular the wide range of physical and emotional responses during bereavement, including yearning and isolation

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Expert on Bullying, Social-Emotional Learning and School-Based Interventions

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Expert on Climate Change and Belonging

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Expert on Neuroplasticity and non-violence

Adriana Galván, Ph.D

Director of the Developmental Neuroscience Lab and Co-Executive Director of the Center for the Developing Adolescent at USC

Shafia Zaloom

Health educator and author who's work centers on human development, community building, ethics and social justice

Peter Langman, Ph.D.

Expert on the psychology of school shooters and other perpetrators of mass violence

Sharon Cooper, MD

Developmental and forensic pediatrician

Dr. Arie W. Kruglanski

Esteemed scholar of radicalization and terrorism, focusing on human motivation as it relates to thinking, feeling and behavior

Staci Whitney, L.M.S.W.

Expert on interviewing children and adults with disabilities

Jeff Temple, Ph.D

Vice Dean School of Nursing UTMB and Founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention

Pamela Mejia

Head of Research at Berkeley Media Studies Group, specializing in narrative change, strategic communication, and media advocacy support

Lisa Arnett

Foster-care advocate and survivor

Tim Kordic

LAUSD, Project Manager for comprehensive sexual health/and HIV prevention-education

Abbie Richards

TikToker and TikTok disinformation researcher

Kaia Stern

Cofounder and Director of the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University and lecturer speaking on topics such as liberation theology, ethics, punishment, and race.

Mary-Frances O'Connor

Researcher focusing on the physiological correlates of emotion, in particular the wide range of physical and emotional responses during bereavement, including yearning and isolation

Coming Soon

Expert on Bullying, Social-Emotional Learning and School-Based Interventions

Coming Soon

Expert on Climate Change and Belonging

Coming Soon

Expert on Neuroplasticity and non-violence

01

Belonging & Resilience

Disconnection and lack of community increase the risk of outcomes such as impulsive or self-harming behavior for kids especially while experiencing distress.

02

Emotional Health & Wellness

Promoting skills for emotional health and personal wellbeing  mitigates negative brain development outcomes from childhood adversity and trauma, and is even more impactful the earlier you start with children.

03

Violence Prevention

Nest's deep expertise and evidence from our work in sexual exploitation and abuse show that victims of sexual violence are frequently victims of other forms of harm. And all of these harms have common root causes.

our curricula

Strengths-based & trauma-informed education

This program has great potential to impact society and empower our younger generations to feel like they have a voice in improving conditions for many people.

Jill DiCuffa
ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL, tEXAS

We are transforming violence prevention in schools by provide holistic prevention education and tailored tools for institutional change.

We are transforming violence prevention in schools by provide holistic prevention education and tailored tools for institutional change.

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our workshops

Strengthening
support systems

Nest designs and delivers workshops, presentations, and events for all members of schools and the wider community. These customized workshops are for everyone because we all have a role to play in preventing abuse and exploitation. All sessions can be facilitated in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person setting.

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Sexual Exploitation in Schools: Peer to Peer Abuse

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Processing Grief & Loss

Mental Health & School Community Wellness

Pornography & It’s Impact on Youth

Shame & Guilt

upcoming events

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Radicalization
Daring Conversations on Radicalization & Violence

Explore the innate links between social media, mental health, radicalization, and neuroplasticity.

March 7, 2023
Open to the Community

program highlights

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Revolutionizing Victim Assistance for school admins

VICTIM ASSISTANCE & RESPONSE

Facilitating conversations between students, lawmakers and their communities

STUDENT FORUMS

Encouraging students’ voices and creativity

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Engaging young people to inform our materials and incorporate their interests in Nest’s work

Nest Youth Advisory Board

Media Content is an integral part of our programs and is used to enhance student engagement.

original media

Expanding violence education beyond just students and reaching their at home support systems

parent workshops

Revolutionizing Victim Assistance for school admins

VICTIM ASSISTANCE & RESPONSE

Facilitating conversations between students, lawmakers and their communities

STUDENT FORUMS

Encouraging students’ voices and creativity

CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Engaging young people to inform our materials and incorporate their interests in Nest’s work

Nest Youth Advisory Board

Media Content is an integral part of our programs and is used to enhance student engagement.

original media

Expanding violence education beyond just students and reaching their at home support systems

parent workshops

our History

Since 2004, Nest has been on the front lines of preventing violence against children. We started with the issue of sexual exploitation.

Nest’s Documentary Film
PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America

Executive produced by Abby Disney, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Steven Soderbergh, Lauren Embry and Arden Wohl. Animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara.

PLAYGROUND illuminates a sinister industry of the unrecognized pervasiveness of child exploitation. A comprehensive revelation of an unknown epidemic, PLAYGROUND has been called essential viewing for any parent or engaged citizen.

View Playground

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