February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
The Purpose of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore - the issue affects not just youth but their families, schools and communities as well. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse.
If your agency is serious about starting a program for middle school and high school males to prevent sexual assault/dating violence, this is the training to sign up for. Participants will learn the necessary steps for establishing a successful Men of Strength Club (or MOST Club) as well as effective ways of engaging male youth. Identified by the CDC as one of the top four gender violence prevention programs in the country, the Men of Strength Club has over 100 locations in DC, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, NYC, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina. This training is also for professionals living in Washington, DC who are interested in facilitating (part-time) our already-established MOST Club sites, which are in every DCPS middle school and high school. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? * Agencies interested in starting a MOST Club in middle schools, high schools, or youth-serving organizations * Youth-serving professionals interested in facilitating (part-time) our DC MOST Club sites TRAINING OBJECTIVES: * Learn the necessary steps for establishing a successful Men of Strength Club. * Learn how to better frame sexual assault as a problem men can play a positive role in ending. * Become more aware of the "Dominant Stories" of masculinity and better understand the importance of"Counterstories," and how these relate to violence against women. * Explore the challenges and opportunities of engaging male youth and learn effective ways to use both. * Learn and strategize about how young men can be mobilized to become better allies with their female peers. * Build skills for speaking with young men about sexism and strategies for effectively challenging the culture that supports violence against women. * Learn how to better support young men in connecting sexism to other forms of oppression. * Provide participants with practice responses and facilitation skills to common reactions and questions from male audiences. HOW DO I APPLY? This training requires an application process. The application deadline is Dec. 30. Agencies: Apply Online or Download the application Facilitators: Apply online QUESTIONS? Please direct questions about MOST Club and the training to Neil Irvin at 202/534-1837 or email@example.com or Kedrick Griffin at 202/534-1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Harbors Youth Intervention Project: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Violence Prevention
Problems associated with sexual exploitation and victimization among homeless and runaway youth impact society on a daily basis. Statistics and anecdotal accounts consistently show that these youth are at great risk of sexual exploitation and sexual violence. In many communities, the services available for these youth are often not coordinated, resulting in inconsistent and disjointed services. The Safe Harbor Youth Intervention Project of Ramsey County, Minnesota (SHYIP) was formed in response to these needs. The goal of the team is to effectively intervene on behalf of these youths and to change the way systems respond to homeless and runaway youth. To date the teams’ efforts have resulted in significant success and notable system change!
The SHYIP team used the 8-Step Protocol Development Cycle (PDC) to assess needs, develop protocols and to design and conduct training initiatives. This webinar will give you an overview of the SHYIP team and how the PDC can help multi-disciplinary teams navigate the waters of collaboration and system change to improve services and outcomes for victims.
Anita Berg is the Executive Director of Partners for Violence Prevention (PVP). PVP provides facilitation and coordination that brings a variety of disciplines together to solve problems and create system change in St. Paul, Minnesota. PVP facilitates and coordinates the Ramsey County SHYIP team. Ms. Berg has been with PVP since January of 2000. Prior to her current position, Ms. Berg was the Director of Research and Quality for Allina Medical Transportation. Anita completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saint Thomas in 1998, her Bachelor of Science in Management from Metropolitan State University in 1995, and was previously a Paramedic.
Emily Huemann, MS has been working in the field of sexual violence and domestic violence for over 19 years. Since 1996, Ms Huemann has worked at Sexual Offense Services (SOS) of Ramsey County and since 2000 has been supervising the program. SOS is the rape crisis program in Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Ramsey County. The SOS program includes 2 staff and 40+ volunteer crisis counselors. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department teaching on criminal justice.
Ms. Huemann has her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice with her academic work concentrated on violence against women. This included her graduate thesis: a teaching practicum. The course topic was Domestic Violence taught to undergraduate criminal justice students. She currently serves on the Family Tree Clinic Board of Directors as President and previously served on the KFAI Board of Directors.
The Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime
"January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time that challenges our nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Once again, the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime is pleased to join the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice in presenting a versatile set of resources to help you plan your observance of 2010 National Stalking Awareness Month and your outreach throughout the year. We hope these new and revised tools will inspire your efforts to know, name, and stop stalking in your community."
Michelle Garcia, Director
Stalking Resource Center
You can promote National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) and enhance your activities by using the downloadable resources. Three posters, each with a different design; buttons, magnets, and logos; certificates of appreciation; Web site banners; letterhead; and much more will magnify the visual impact of your campaign. The sample news release offers a model you can use for your own media outreach. Just download the resources you need, and then print them or take them to a local printer.
The Mary Byron Project will host a National Summit to End Domestic Violence November 8 - 10, 2009, in Louisville, Kentucky. This one-time-only event will showcase innovative programs from across the country that are proving successful in ending domestic violence.
Scholarships have been made available. Recipients will receive a $500 stipend, $300 of which will cover the cost of registration and meals, and the remaining $200 can be used for airfare, hotel, or other travel expenses. Please use the attached form to apply; the deadline is Friday, October 9, 2009. Send e-mail to email@example.com to request the scholarship nomination form.
Clarian Health and the Indiana Violence Prevention Partnership
The conference will include several national speakers and focus on evidence-based and best practice web-based strategies for preventing online and traditional youth violence. The purposes of the conference are to: 1) reduce youths' risk of becoming victims of electronic aggression while emailing, chatting, blogging, instant messaging, surfing the Internet, or text messaging; 2) foster a greater understanding of this generation of youth and the risks and adverse effects of technology harassment; and 3) study evidence-based and best practice web-based strategies for preventing online and traditional youth violence. Each session will include strategies that parents and professionals can implement in their communities or homes to increase the safety of youth by reducing the risks associated with electronic networking and utilizing online youth violence prevention resources. For more information on registration, exhibitors, and speakers, please visit www.clarian.org/communityplunge. To register for the event, please call 317.916.3525 or 1.800.265.3220.
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