San Jose State justice studies students enrolled in JS 136, Family and Community Violence, wanted to give back to Santa Clara children after learning about the impact of violence in their class that is designed to promote awareness about child maltreatment, domestic violence and the U.S. justice system. Students in the class gave back to the Santa Clara County Children Activity Center at the YWCA by donating small stuffed animals with a note of encouragement attached to each toy. The stuffed animals were donated to children who have experienced trauma. Two students designed a box where all the stuffed animals were collected in class. The box was presented to Adam Moreno, who works as an assistant for the Children Activity Center.
Moreno also works as a counselor for Piece it Together Domestic Violence Teen Center. He specializes in working with teens who are in abusive relationships. Moreno also works with sexual abusers and offenders. When he presented as a guest speaker to the JS class, he spoke about the different forms of domestic violence and the cycle of violence. The presentation informed students of the dangers of domestic violence, but also raised awareness of what takes place in the community.