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Amanda Callahan

Amanda Moon Callahan is the Director of Prevention for Safe Harbor. She joined the Safe Harbor team 6 years ago as the Megan Project Coordinator and played an instrumental role is designing and shaping what is now The Relationship Education Project (REP). Prior to Safe Harbor, Amanda worked in mental health as a policy and legislative advocate, as an educator for a human trafficking organization, and is an active food justice advocate in her community running a small family organic farm and volunteering with several food-based initiatives. Her graduate work was concentrated around the issue of violence against women globally and in her undergraduate years she built the foundation of her beliefs around social justice. These lenses and experiences allow Amanda to facilitate rich and engaging dialogue with youth through the REP program in classrooms across Upstate, SC.

Hometown:

Naples, FL

College and major:

Rollins College, Philosophy and Women’s Studies, BA University of Denver, International Human Rights, MA

High school mascot:

Lely High School Trojans!

Favorite band/music artist:

The Wood Brothers, Nina Simone, Tedeschi Trucks Band are at the top of my list.

In high school, I was:

Student Body President and voted “Most Involved”

Friday afternoon you will most likely find me:

On the lake/boat

Favorite sports team:

Florida Gators

Personal motto:

The best way to predict the future is to help create it.

I’m a REP Educator because:

I want young people to feel empowered and ready to take on the world. While school helps prepare us for college and/or jobs, REP helps students prepare for their future relationships, with their self, friends, and eventually their chosen partner. I know that many young people already have these skills, but talking  and discussing them out in the open helps us all hold each other accountable and stop unhealthy and abusive patterns from happening.  As a young person, I struggled to find self-respect and identity in a family and community that experienced substance abuse, unhealthy and abusive behaviors, and financial independence. My past experiences and passion help me shape and facilitate fun classes around the Upstate. And let’s face it: the only people who have the power to stop domestic violence from happening is the next generation, so let’s get to work!  

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