Ending Teen Violence
Our Sisters' House has implemented an interactive after-school program for the youth in the local community called “healthy relationships” This program is designed to teach teens how to have not only a healthy relationship with themselves but also with their loved ones and people they interact within their daily lives. The program utilizes activities for teens to start examining their relationships with their family, friends, partners, teachers, and mentors. We discuss ways in which they can improve these relationships and maintain them long-term. Learning about communication, boundaries, and building one’s self-esteem are key at a young age for fostering and developing healthy relationships. Developing a child’s relationship and communication skills are extremely important for their development as they begin to become more involved in relationships with other people. By giving them the tools to evaluate and improve the relationships in their lives, we hope to put them in a position to succeed and end the cycle of domestic violence. If you are interested in implementing this program in your school or classroom, please contact us at (253) 383-4275.
Teen Dating Violence
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. (Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens, The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus)