Stronger To Teach Teens About Healthy Relationships

 
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Since our first support group in February 2013, Stronger has continually grown to become an agency of hope and healing for those who experience domestic violence and other patterns of abuse. Stronger strives to develop and provide practical tools for survivors. Our most frequent request is, “What information do you have for my teenager?” Many survivors share their teenager has already experienced abuse and violence in a dating relationship. 

In response to meet this client and community need, Stronger has developed Teen Healthy Relationship Workshops called Relationship Twisters and Myth Busters. These workshops offer prevention education and tools for teens, parents and for those that work with teens to help them identify and maintain healthy relationships and navigate the signs of abusive and unhealthy partners. The workshops are interactive using games, videos, group and individual opportunities to learn more about this important topic.

According to Love is Respect.org, “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.”  Our teenagers are experiencing dating violence between the ages of 12-18 at staggering rates with painful outcomes.

Abusive relationships use tactics of fear, force and manipulation giving one party power and control over another. Equipping our teens to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships can prevent a teen from abusive cycles. This is a critical and formative opportunity to teach teens how healthy relationships communicate, and model equality and mutual respect. With the current conversations in the national media about these topics, it is a very critical and opportune time to provide this information as a baseline for all teens. Teens are seeking clarity to healthy and unhealthy relationships, and they want to know how to help a friend.  

Stronger teen workshops are a catalyst to bring awareness and provide tools for education, empowerment and prevention for teens, their parents and for individuals who work with teens.  Workshops focus on themes to be a healthy partner, identify healthy relationships, knowing the red flags of abusive relationships, understanding consent, how to help a friend and resources.

Recently, Stronger joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Teen Dream Big 2018 Conference to conduct multiple teen workshops.

After all our workshops were complete we found that 100% of the participants indicated on a written evaluation, they learned the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.  89% of the participates said this workshop was very good to the best they had ever been to.

What we discovered after evaluating the survey responses is teenagers want to understand how to establish boundaries, how to navigate the ‘dating’ scene and how much friends want to help friends who are in unhealthy relationships at very young ages.

Did you know 94% of females age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend?

Stronger has identified a critical need, and a desire for the teens and the adults that work with teens eager to learn more about this topic. We are working to provide more teen workshops throughout our community to help aide prevention and promote healthy relationships for teens. Stronger also will provide training to parents, mentors and those that work with teens, who want to learn more to help their teenager to seek healthy relationships. Stronger projects 3,600 workshop participants in the next 12 months, reaching thousands of teens, parents and advisors. 

Download a free resource on Healthy Relationships or to request a teen workshop, please complete the contact form below.

 

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Rick Jones