Last fiscal year, SafeHomes provided presentations and/or workshops to more than 2,000 youth. Already this year, SafeHomes has provided presentations/workshops to more than 5,000 youth! This program is growing at rapid speeds and it is imperative that we continue to grow so we can work towards breaking the generational cycle of abuse.
Sadly, 1 in 3 teens report being intentionally physically hurt by their dating partner in the past 12 months. The issues that accompany dating violence are somewhat limitless. Youth who are abused by a partner, in any way, not just physically, are more likely to be affected by depression, eating disorders, promiscuity, suicidal thoughts and violent behaviors.
The Youth Program offers a variety of presentations to K-12 students and college age students. Topics include:
- Bullying and Respect
- Healthy Relationships
- Safe Dating
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness
Presentations are also available for parents of adolescents. Topics include:
- What's Up with Your Kids?
- Social Media Effects
- Teen Dating Violence
- Can You Hear Me? (How to talk to your child about sensitive issues.)
- Adolescent Brain Activity
Georgia is ranked #3 in the nation for teen dating violence.
SafeHomes' "Safe Dates and Healthy Relationships" workshop is a 14-lesson course that can be completed over 6-7 sessions. Topics include:
- Red Flags
- Gender Roles
- Setting Boundaries
- Building Self-Esteem
- The Impact of Social Media
22% of teens report being abused through social media/the internet.
Teen Advisory Board
The objective of the Teen Advisory Board is to raise awareness about teen dating violence and support healthy relationships. Our members are high school students from SafeHomes' 10-county service area. Together, our goal is to change the way that dating violence is discussed throughout local schools, churches, after school programs and other teen-centered organizations.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Attend monthly meetings at a location convenient for all members.
- Participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and monitoring board goals.
- Recruit new members for upcoming school year, and orient new members into the board.
- Partner with SafeHomes and continue the integrity of the organization.
- Spread awareness to teens in schools, churches, clubs and organizations about teen dating violence, healthy relationships, safety planning and more.
50% of victims who are killed by an abusive partner started those relationships between the ages of 13-24.