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What it Means to be Aware

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and me, along with everybody else at A Woman’s Place, whether it be staff members or fellow volunteers, consider this special month a time to raise awareness in our community and, more importantly, to be aware ourselves. Awareness is something that everyone has within them, but not…
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The Importance of Educating Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. According to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey, it was found that 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical…
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Lessons From My First Week

I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. I know the…
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Bedtime Kisses and Safe Dreams

My daughter recently turned 15. I know, I know. It’s so hard to believe. You can say it. “O.M.G. Ify! You don’t begin to look like you could be the mother of a 15-year-old. You’re more like sisters.” Thank you. As I said good night to my daughter on her 15th birthday, I was flooded…
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Bully

If you followed the Youth Violence Prevention blog series just last week, you know that banishing the bully is so important for our youth today. Many children and teens face bullying at school, on the bus, or at after school programs and on sports teams. As much as we all want to find a way…
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Hot Chocolate in the face: Love or Abuse?

When I first started volunteering at A Woman’s Place (AWP), my goal was to just log some hours as a volunteer for an organization. I never gave much thought as to where I wanted to volunteer, but A Woman’s Place seemed like the perfect fit; unique, convenient and a great cause. It was about a…
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United in Action

In this final post in our Youth Violence Prevention Week series, we are called to Unite in Action. We are called to create “a positive sense of community and developing concern for others.” Not only does this instill youth with qualities beyond violence prevention, but they learn to develop compassion, care, and concern for others….
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Support Safety

Today, for Youth Violence Prevention Week, we Support Safety. The purpose of this day is “to [teach] each student, staff, and the community about specific safety initiatives. Some of the issues that can fall under this strategy include preventing school violence by informing adults about specific threats, avoiding risky behaviors such as playing with guns,…
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Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

In today’s post for Youth Violence Prevention Week, we emphasize resolving conflict peacefully. Instead of violent outbursts, this day teaches to prevent “violence by enabling young people to deal with conflict in a productive way. By teaching kids how to manage their conflicts, they will learn how to de-escalate potentially violent situations before they get…
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Mange Your Anger

As we continue our recognition of Youth Violence Prevention Week, today we focus on managing anger and finding a “way to prevent anger from leading to violence.” Anger is a natural emotion that we all have. Some manage their anger much better than others, but for those who lose control of their emotions the consequences…
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