Matthew Houck is the Lead Prevention Educator for YWCA of Kaua‘i. Matthew, along with the prevention team, facilitate prevention education lessons with pre-K through 12+ grade students in schools across Kaua‘i island. Lessons include age-appropriate body awareness and safety, understanding and communicating boundaries, defining and identifying types of sexual violence, safety planning and Hawaii consent laws.
The Prevention department also houses LGBTQ services. Matthew provides outreach to the LGBTQ community and co-faciliates a weekly adult LGBTQ support group. Matthew also delivers professional development training for service providers to be more competent in serving LGBTQ populations. In 2019, Matthew chaired the inaugural Kaua’i Pride Parade & Festival planning committee that the YWCA sponsored.