Art by Youth in the 2020 Lead Artist Anastacia Senavsky | New art coming soon!
We are preparing for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, coming up in February 2021!
Calling upon our value of equity, the Youth in the Lead campaign strives to follow the wisdom and expertise of young people as they work to prevent teen dating violence, advocate for healthy relationships, heal from trauma, and engage in interconnected forms of social justice. In the spirit of strategic followership and countering tokenization, the content of the campaign will primarily feature youth voices. We will strengthen and deepen the conversation we began last year, and challenge adults to share their power by holding space to learn from youth.
Our efforts in 2021 will need to be different: Since COVID-19 emerged, there has been a general decline in the number of youth who are engaged in work with DV & SV organizations. Young people are dealing with many stressors, including adapting to virtual learning, isolation, depression, financial struggles, and more—all on top of gender and racial oppression that harmfully impacts self-confidence and relationships. At the same time, youth consciousness is blooming into action to create change, as seen in the article Hit Hard by Pandemic, Youth of Color are Leading Activism, New Poll Finds. They are aware of inequities in social structures, and how they’re set up. Preventionists are working hard to create welcoming spaces—but have expressed a need for additional outreach tools and ways to adapt their curricula.
Resources and Information:
Access our sample Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month proclamation, updated for 2021!
Youth Stories of Activism: Preventing Dating Violence & Interconnected Injustices, and Healing from Trauma
We’re proud to partner with StoryCenter on a digital storytelling training series—where youth are creating their own stories of activism to prevent dating violence & interconnected injustices, and healing from trauma. Eleven youth are currently attending the trainings, and their digital narratives will be shared in mid-February. Stay tuned!