Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

SAPAC Volunteer Training

The SAPAC Volunteer Training program is an intensive 21-hour training that provides in-depth information on issues related to sexual violence prevention.  Volunteer Training is a requirement if you are interested in volunteering with the Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement ProgramConsent, Outreach, & Relationship Education Program; or Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support Program.

What will be covered?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is an intensive program of 21 hours spread over multiple sessions.  Volunteer Training will provide participants with pertinent information they can utilize to be effective SAPAC volunteers on campus. Training will provide a framework for how one's role as a volunteer within a SAPAC program fits into our University's comprehensive public health plan (primary, secondary, tertiary) to prevent sexual violence.This training provides a foundation for volunteers to develop their skills throughout their time volunteering with SAPAC.  We will discuss topics such as:

  • Power and Control
  • Responding to Disclosures, Supporting Survivors
  • Consent & Healthy Relationships
  • Bystander Intervention
  • University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence
  • Community Building
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
  • Self-care
  • Facilitation
  • And much more!

The curriculum includes general information presentation, mixed media presentation, group discussion, and personal reflection time.  Facilitators will include SAPAC staff, interns, and volunteers as well as community members. 

Who can participate?

SAPAC Volunteer Training is open to all currently enrolled students at the University of Michigan, including undergraduate and graduate students. To be able to volunteer with SAPAC, we require at least a two (2) semester commitment (Fall and Winter).

What can you do after SAPAC Volunteer Training?

Volunteer Training is required to participate in one of the three student volunteer groups: Consent, Outreach, & Relationship Education Program (CORE), Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement Program (BICE), or Survivor Empowerment and Ally Support Program (SEAS).  After you participate in Volunteer Training, you can join one of these groups to continue your knowledge and skill development as well as be actively involved in the movement to prevent sexual violence at the University of Michigan.

Regardless of which volunteer group you join, you will also have the opportunity to apply to facilitate our bystander intervention program for local bars, Raise The Bar as well as many other leadership opportunities like applying to be a co-coordinator for a program, applying to be a Peer Led Support Group (PLSG) facilitator, applying to be a multimedia coordinator and more!

Volunteers attend weekly volunteer program meetings during the academic year and provide peer-to-peer education programming such as tabling, events, and workshops. Current volunteers are required to attend additional day-long training for their continuing education once a year (in the years following entering SAPAC as a volunteer).

 

When is the next SAPAC Volunteer Training?

The next Volunteer Training will be in Fall 2021. Details about applying coming soon!

 

Other questions?  Feel free to contact the SAPAC office at (734) 764-7771 or email us at sapac@umich.edu

 Can I get involved before Volunteer Training? 

If you are interested in learning about SAPAC events and opportunities before Volunteer Training, you can fill out this form or email sapac@umich.edu to request that you be added to our supporters listserv, where you'll receive early information about SAPAC campus events and opportunities.