Encourage Teens to Participate in Respect Week 2016

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You may have seen last week’s article reminding you that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Did you know that February 8 to 12 also marks Respect Week, an annual event hosted by the loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board to empower youth to learn about and foster healthy relationships?

Encourage the young people you work with to participate in Respect Week 2016—and the broader movement to prevent teen dating violence—by connecting them to this online guide published by loveisrespect (PDF, 6.2MB).

Here are just a few of the ideas and resources they’ll find.

  • Respect Week activities. Loveisrespect includes a number of suggestions for events that teens can host to promote healthy relationships. Students can partner with their schools to read facts about teen dating violence over the loudspeaker, for example, or host a “trading places” dance that encourages attendees to challenge traditional gender roles.
  • Social media 101. Teens can also show their solidarity with the anti-violence movement by posting supportive messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The guide offers sample posts for youth to share online, as well as a list of hashtags that can help connect them with like-minded peers.
  • Community outreach strategies. Engaging the community around a common cause can be difficult for anyone, no matter how old they are. Loveisrespect provides suggestions for engaging others at the city, state, and other levels, and for tailoring messages based on the target audience.
  • Information about Wear Orange Day. Anti-violence advocates of all ages will be wearing orange February 9 to help raise awareness of teen dating violence and to support those who have experienced it firsthand. Teens who don’t have any orange in their closets can use the guide to discover other ways to show their solidarity.

Learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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