Dear CLA Families,

This year we are excited to partner with the Cleveland Clinic to provide a series of classes on healthy relationships. The mini-series will be comprised of 3 classes; all led by a prevention specialist (bio below) and will take place in Outdoor Leadership throughout November. The three classes are outlined below:

  1. Healthy Relationships will cover the basics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, warning signs, the cycle of abuse as well as social media and dating.
  2. Consent will cover the differences between flirting and sexual harassment, laws in OH and human trafficking.  Students will also learn the laws around sexting and be asked to determine from a list of scenarios which one is consent, coercion or a sexual misconduct.
  3. Bystander Intervention will give students the tools on how they can help a friend who may be involved in an unhealthy dating relationship.

Nonye Chukunta who is a Prevention Specialist at The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will be leading all of the students through this mini-series. She is a New Jersey native and has exhibited passion in the areas of prevention from as early as her teenage years when she developed her own non-profit organization to end teen dating violence.  Those experiences helped to shape her belief around the importance of preventing violence and also gave her national coverage on CNN, Good Morning America, CosmoGirl!, Montel Williams and The Tyra Banks Show.  After receiving a B.A. in film and armed with the desire to use the media to discuss social issues, Nonye began her work advocating for mental health services.  It was during that time that she received her master’s in Social Work from Hunter College in Harlem, New York.

After moving to Cleveland, to continue her work in mental health, she missed the feeling of working with youth to expand their knowledge around important topics.  It was during that time when she made the choice to apply for the role of a prevention specialist with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.  That decision turned out to be one of the best ones that she has made in her life thus far.  She is grateful to be on a team of amazing individuals who work to support survivors every single day. In her free time, she loves spending time with her cat (Simba), friends and vising her family as often as possible.  During the summer she can be found visiting the Jersey shore and swimming in the ocean.  During the winter, she can be found complaining about missing the summer!

We are excited to bring this program to the students of CLA, as creating an environment in which all of our students can thrive and are in a safe environment is key. We know this can be a tricky conversation, which is why we are giving you notice. If you do not want your child to participate in these courses, please call me and I will provide a separate curriculum on the days these sessions are taking place.



Sydney Gruhin