Youth leaders speak out about bullying, harassment and dating abuse through youth-generated projects, campaigns, theatre, art, music and poetry.
MISSOULA, Mont - In honor of teen dating violence awareness month, Missoula City-County Relationship Violence Services hosted a group art exhibition Friday night called "Love is Respect."The goal is to educate adolescents about teen dating violence and provide tools for healthy relationships and consent.
The program used art because they felt it would be a great way to connect with teens.
“These projects encouraged students to think about their ideals on building healthy relationships and then enabled them to share those thoughts in a creative and meaningful way.”Community members are invited to attend the Visions of Change: Teens Speak Out open house at Velocio on February 7 from p.m. Live music will be provided by Sage School student, Sofia Drougas, and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The moving photo exhibit will be on display throughout February in recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month at the following locations: Velocio Feb.
at Velocio Coffee Shop in Ketchum to kick off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
The exhibit, presented by the ETCs (Every Teen Has a Choice), The Advocates’ teen intern program, showcases the work of Wood River High School students advocating for a compassionate community through activities selected as part of the Wood River Foundation’s WOW class projects.
The author's comments: Currently, I am a student at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, and as part of my junior year of AP 11 English-Language and Composition, we are asked to research a topic that we had a particular interest or passion in, and to write in order to bring attention to the issue and provide possible solutions or ways for improvement or awareness.
Through researching the topic violent teen relationships, I have become more informed of this issue that has always been of some interest to me, and my hope is that it will be interesting to the public who read the articles in Domestic Violence Crime Watch.
Dating violence knows no boundaries and does not discriminate.
That’s why it’s important that our teens and young adults be educated about the characteristics and consequences of this all too common problem.
Chris Koch’s Student Leadership class selected the “Photos for Change” project to convey their ideas and thoughts on healthy relationships through powerful images taken by local photographer, Kat Smith, who generously donated her time and talents.“By doing this project I learned a lot about the culture of violence and how much of a problem it is even around our own community,” said Wood River High School student Bailey Cleven.