The Youth Advisory Board for Break the Cycle chose Teen PeaceWorks, a project of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, as a "Trailblazer" program.
The program was featured on the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month website during February.
The local project was one of 10 selected nationwide. Break the Cycle looked for projects that highlight ways to provide information and raise awareness about dating violence and abuse.
According to Erin Clark, program specialist for Break the Cycle, Teen PeaceWorks was "one of the most innovative and youth-responsive teen dating violence programs" and was chosen for "creatively encouraging youth activism and involvement."
Launched in 2007 as an offshoot of DVCC's PeaceWorks project, Teen PeaceWorks is a network of local high school groups that focus on creating social change around domestic abuse and teen dating violence. Members become violence prevention educators and ambassadors who provide information and awareness in their schools and communities about the importance of healthy and safe relationships.
Teen PeaceWorkers attend interactive training sessions facilitated by PeaceWorks staff, where they delve into the issue of intimate partner violence as it relates to teenagers, including its effect on teens and their families, potential warning signs, safety planning, resources in the community and how to go about forming and maintaining healthy relationships. Once armed with that knowledge and information, they are ready to plan events and initiatives around the prevention of teen dating violence in their schools.
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