February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. At KBEP, we know that the best way to prevent these outcomes is through dating violence prevention education.
“Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month embodies the very nature of our mission. Every day at KBEP, we bring awareness and attention to teen dating violence in an effort to prevent relationship violence in our communities.” says Claire Spaulding McVicker, Executive Director at KBEP.
While COVID-19 has changed how educators at the Katie Brown Educational Program reach students, the effects of our programming have remained the same. KBEP continues to provide information to foster healthy relationships, and the resources to get help if needed. KBEP educators continue to deliver our programs and connect with young people to help promote and strengthen healthy relationships while guiding them through the warning signs of dating violence
This month, the staff at KBEP is planning a host of engaging events aimed at spreading knowledge about healthy teen dating relationships and the prevention of unhealthy relationships. These events include, Q&A sessions, Instagram chats, ‘Gal’entine tips, interviews with local high school seniors, and a robust offering of resources through the newly revamped youth page on our website and our Consent Awareness Pledge app. Check out our calendar of events below and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay updated!
During these times of social distancing and the reliance on technology, KBEP looks forward to having open, honest conversations with young people, so they can learn to navigate dating relationships in a way that is healthy, fulfilling, and safe.