Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February 9, 2017
GFWC members are strong advocates for youth and empowering the next generation of leaders. Whether providing scholarships for college, sponsoring after-school programs, or donating clothes and books, clubwomen play a large and important role in improving the lives of young people. Ensuring healthy relationships among teens is another way members can help. Support youth and the GFWC Signature Program: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention by participating in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February.
Before becoming adults, one in three U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in a relationship. Loveisrespect, an organization dedicated to helping young people prevent and end abusive relationships, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and offers several resources that you can use to promote Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Click here to download a guide for promoting Respect Week 2017, which takes place February 13 through 17. On February 14, raise awareness by participating in Wear Orange Day, and share photos wearing orange using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017. Consider joining their “Teens Helping Teens: Empowering Young People to Support Each Other” webinar on February 23 at 4:30 p.m. EST to learn how you can teach teenagers about healthy relationships.
Visit http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/teendvmonth/ for sharable social media images and more ideas about promoting Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. You can see project ideas for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in the Signature Program section of the GFWC Club Manual. Let’s use this month to start a conversation about healthy, happy relationships.
If there is time in the day to lend a helping hand, Irene Iverson will do it. A member of two GFWC clubs and recent honoree of the One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Award for 2014, Irene has been an active leader in her community since she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer at 15.
Success For Survivors Scholarship
Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.
GFWC Millstadt Civic Club
The GFWC Millstadt Civic Club was founded in 1929 and joined the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1943.