Heidi Markow addresses a group during a Learn the Basics class at the LINCS Family Center in Wilson. (Photo by BILL ADAMS | Express-Times)

A group of Wilson Area High School students adorn their bracelets and show solidarity at the completion of the Learn the Basics: Boys program.  October 2017 

Learn the Basics™Program:

... "What ought to be truly sobering is what many women already know: For every Hollywood starlet with a sad story to tell, there are tens of thousands or more women — and some men — who have encountered harassment in their own workplaces, schools and personal lives.

So what can we do about it?

If we expect to change the fundamental attitudes that lead to sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence and other symptoms of poisonous personal interactions, we need to start young..."

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The goal of the Learn The Basics Program is to encourage young women & young men to “Learn The Basics” about teen dating violence and equality in relationships in our crusade against adult domestic violence.

Program Overview

Learn The Basics was conceived in 2012 in the state of Pennsylvania by the Beginning Over Foundation in collaboration with a grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Learn The Basics is a program of the Beginning Over Foundation dedicated to mobilizing schools, athletic associations, boy scouts, girl scouts, and any other civic group interested in the fight against domestic violence across the United States.

Learn The Basics builds awareness of teen dating abuse and educates boys & girls 

aged 12 through 24 to increase their understanding of teen dating abuse.

Learn The Basics program believes that when educating girls & boys on teen

dating abuse, we must first provide a comfortable setting where students

can engage together on the issue.

To learn more about the program or how your school or group can “Learn The Basics” contact us at heidismarkow@gmail.com


Learn The Basics will educate students aged 12 to 24 on ten important themes.


The program includes:

  • DVD educational video to compliment the teachers guide

  • Teachers guide

  • Participants guide

  • Tool kit

  • Power and Control Wheel

  • Purple Wristband for all graduates of the program

  • Handout on resources and tips



Email heidismarkow@gmail.com or call us at (610) 438-9112.

Do you feel passionate about helping to spread the word and share the information from our Learn the Basics program? Please click here to learn more about becoming an Ambassador certified to share the Learn the Basics program in YOUR school!

Iggy Markow, Jr. & Iggy Markow, Sr.  address a group of Wilson Area High School students during a Learn the Basics: Boys class. October 2017