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Winter 2021: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
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“Here’s to the light that we deserve and to the love that we most definitely deserve.”
Carmen Dixon, Youth Activist

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM). This year, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is excited about highlighting the work of organizations that center young people and youth-driven initiatives with a specific focus on the voices and experiences of Black and Trans-identified youth facing homelessness and housing instability. NRCDV is also excited to elevate LoveIsRespect’s Know Your Worth campaign, which highlights healthy relationship skills and self-empowerment as critical tools to promote positive, loving youth relationships. 

This issue of the PreventIPV newsletter features tools that center and celebrate the leadership of youth, especially Black girls. It includes resources to promote youth activism and young people's well-being by building connected communities that foster resilience, joy, and transformative action.

"For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." – from The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

Engaging Youth in IPV Prevention

FEATURED DELTA FOCUS STORY

Engaging Youth in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention

This DELTA FOCUS story features lessons from five community coalitions funded by four domestic violence coalitions. One of the community coalitions is located in Sitka, Alaska; two in Ohio: Warren County and Knox County; and one each in Los Angeles, California and Cranston, Rhode Island. Key lessons learned when engaging youth in intimate partner violence prevention from these community-based programs:

  1. Cultivating youth leadership requires a balance of providing support and giving youth the opportunity to lead.
  2. To build connectedness and a sense of belonging, youth should be authentically engaged through meaningful relationships.
  3. Given the diversity of youth backgrounds and experiences with trauma, it is important to be attentive to their comfort level and sense of safety.
Explore highlighted strategies, tools for adaptation, and related resources to foster and support adult-youth mentoring opportunities and youth-driven prevention efforts!
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NRCDV RADIO PODCAST

Joy, Pride, & Passion of Youth Activism

Young people have always been a crucial part of movement building and organizing. In this NRCDV Radio podcast production, learn how community care and action expands how we look at prevention, and how digital activism has challenged traditional social, economic, and political norms.

LISTEN NOW
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PREVENTION TOOL OF THE WEEK 1

Powerful Voices

Powerful Voices creates brave spaces with girls of color to take charge of their own power as leaders, igniting their abilities to confidently express themselves, build community, and act against injustices affecting their lives.

CHECK IT OUT
 
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PREVENTION TOOL OF THE WEEK 3

Girls for Gender Equity

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

CHECK IT OUT
 
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PREVENTCONNECT PODCAST

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2021

In this two-part podcast from PreventConnect, the National Resource on Domestic Violence’s Arlene Vassell and Love is Respect’s Angela Lee discuss the power of youth to prevent teen dating violence and the role of mainstream agencies and organizations to support youth, teens and young adults.

PART 1: Hope, Prevention, and the Power of Young People

PART 2: Embracing Change, Creativity, and Connection
 
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PREVENTION TOOL OF THE WEEK 2

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run (GOTR) uses running and relationship-building to build girls' resilience, helping them to be joyful, healthy and confident. GOTR envisions a world where every girl is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

CHECK IT OUT
 
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PREVENTION TOOL OF THE WEEK 4

Toward Healthy and Whole: Rethinking Gender and Transformation for Bois of Color

The Brown Boi Project’s leadership program is designed to strengthen brown bois' masculinity through culturally-based gender transformative learning. This document offers a summary of their goals, framework, and approach.

CHECK IT OUT
 
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The quarterly PreventIPV eNewsletter highlights new additions to the PreventIPV website and features innovative prevention programs, events, publications, campaigns, funding opportunities, and other happenings of note in the prevention field. 

 
Copyright © 2021 IPV Prevention Council, All rights reserved.

This publication was made possible by Grant Number #90EV0428 to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


To learn more about the IPV Prevention Council and the PreventIPV project, click here.






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