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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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Family Matters

While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family.  I used to think that something was missing, that there was something wrong because I didn’t have a father. …
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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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Bad Romance

If you are caught in one, here is how to get out of it. One summer, a long time ago, I found myself carted into a therapist’s office so that I could talk about my ex-boyfriend. It was very embarrassing. I had gone to a doctor for insomnia and he asked me when I had…
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Choose to Date. Choose to be Safe.

Facts according to the National Institute of Justice…… 1: One in Ten teens admits to being a victim of physical dating violence. 2: Teen dating abuse generally takes place in one of the partners’ homes. 3: One in Four teens report verbal, physical, sexual or emotional abuse each year. A friend I went to high…
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{Value and Worth} = Teen Self Esteem

May is Teen Self Esteem Month, and there is no better time to examine the sexualization of younger and younger girls that has become a profitable business across America. How do we reconcile the call for and celebration of Teen Self Esteem and idly stand by while we assault young girls with the need to…
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