Toolkit FAQ

Thank you for being a Power Up, Speak Out! educator! If you are on this page, then you probably have some questions. Please see the answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us!

Get started - Orientation Podcasts

Everything in our lessons builds on the Healthy Relationship Statements. Listen to the following special episodes of Power Up Radio for Educators to gain a deeper understanding of how to use our core concepts.

Introduction: Lesson Structure and Principles


Episode #1: I get to be myself


Episode #2: I treat others well


Episode #3: I can say no


Episode #4: I have fun


Episode #5: Talking about Consent and Sexual Assault (or other types of sexual violence), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)


BONUS – Download Episode #5: SHOW NOTES by clicking here

Video clips for Lesson 3 and 4 – where do I find them?

Please visit our YouTube Page, where you should see a Playlist titled, “Lesson Media Videos.” Or use these links:

Lesson 3: Talking Text

Lesson 4: Muppets Clip

Lesson 4: Sandlot Clip

Power Point Presentations for Lessons 2-5 – where do I find them?

Right here! Download with these links.

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

How do I get more lessons?

Subscribe to the Boost Pack! The Boost Pack has Booster Activities, Literary Booster Activities, Day in the Life Stories, Educator Support, and Power Up Radio. It’s chocked full of lots of extra things you can do in your classroom to reinforce the concepts of the five lesson manual! Plus, there are lessons that cover more healthy relationship tips, such as how to communicate!

It’s only $99 per year to subscribe! That’s less than $10 per month! And every month, new material is added.

Subscribe today!

How often will new activities or stories be posted on the Boost Pack?

We post new activities or stories for the Boost Pack once a month.

How can I access and play Power Up Radio?

Power Up Radio is available on the Power Up, Speak Out! Boost Pack. Find it through the right-hand “Jump To” menu. On the Power Up Radio page, you can stream or download episodes to be played later. You’ll also find Show Notes for every episode with suggestions about how to extend the discussion.

Power Up Radio episodes are available for FREE on the Power Up, Speak Out! Blog. Don’t forget to tell your friends about it! Anyone can access the episodes in the Blog, but for Show Notes or related activities, you need a Boost Pack Subscription.

I need lessons for high school or elementary school! Do you have any of those?

While our lessons are primarily geared toward middle school (specifically 7th and 8th grade), we do offer extension activities that work well with higher or lower grades. But, in the Boost Pack, we do offer some variety.

If you’re teaching high school, we encourage you to look at our Booster Activities, Day in the Life Stories, and Power Up Radio – particularly anything related to “Dating” or “Communication”. We also believe that you can successfully adapt our Literary Booster Activities to high school, too. Even though we use picture books, we find that kids of all ages enjoy being read to under the right circumstances. Make it fun, don’t be afraid to be thought a fool by the students, and enjoy yourself!

If you’re teaching elementary school, we encourage you to start by looking at the Literary Booster Activities. However, with some adaptation, you might be interested in several Day in the Life Stories, Booster Activities, and Power Up Radio.

With a little effort on your part, we think you’ll find you can use our lessons and Extension Activities with almost any age group! Don’t have the Boost Pack? Subscribe today!

Is Power Up, Speak Out! evidence-based?

We are excited to announce that we are now partnering with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement a state-wide evaluation! This evaluation was created in cooperation with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health graduate program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 5-year evaluation, which began in January 2019, will determine if Power Up can be designated as an evidence-based intervention for addressing unhealthy relationships. 

Power Up, Speak Out! is a research informed program. Pretest and post-test surveys were conducted by a professional research consulting group (MEM Consultants) in 2012, and again in-house by DSVS staff in 2014. Both the 2012 and the 2014 studies suggest that there is a correlation between using Power Up, Speak Out! and changing the attitudes and knowledge that can cause bullying, sexual harassment, teen dating violence, and sexual assault.

See the 2012 and 2014 reports HERE.

Does Power Up, Speak Out! meet the Common Core State Standards and the American School Counselor Association national standards?