February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

Join us throughout the month of February for a variety of programs. All events will be held virtually and are FREE.

Please visit this page on the day of each program for the links to join in.

 

In Their Shoes Workshop
– February 24th
– 5:30pm-7pm

Virtual teen dating violence awareness workshop where participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens. Topics will include sexting, physical/emotional/verbal abuse, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. Participants will decide what they would do in given situations, which will influence how their character progresses through the relationship and what happens in their lives.

 

Virtual Healthy/Unhealthy Relationship Trivia
February 25th
5:30pm-6:30pm

Participants will participate in a virtual trivia session on healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. A cash prize will be given to the winner!

The below events have already happened. You can still watch the Virtual Panel Discussion, “How Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Manifests in Teen Dating Violence” by visiting the videos section of our Facebook page or on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the boxes below.

Virtual Collage Workshop
– February 3rd
– 5pm-6pm

Participants will create a collage in a virtual group. Materials for the workshop including glue, tape, pictures, words/phrases and paper will be available for pick up Jan 25th – Feb 2nd at the YWCA. Participants are welcome to use their own materials but picking up supplies is highly recommended to engage with the theme of empowerment. Workshop is appropriate for teenagers and up and will include informal discussion around self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love!

 

Virtual Pop-Up Shop
– February 10th
– 5pm-6pm (middle & high school teenagers) OR
– 6pm-7pm (college-aged students)

There will be two sessions: 5pm-6pm for middle and high school teenagers and 6pm to 7 pm for college-aged students. The Virtual Pop-Up Shop for Valentine’s Day will consist of a video and discussion around healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. While we are unable to host our normal interactive Pop-Up Shop this year, we are confident the virtual alternative will be just as fun!

 

How Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Manifests in Teen Dating Violence
– February 17th
– 6pm-7pm

The virtual panel will be a live discussion and Q & A with experts in the community on how witnessing domestic violence as children manifests in teenagers’ own dating relationships. Intended audience is teenagers and parents, as well as individuals who interact with teenagers who desire more information.