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For immediate assistance, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787-3224



 

STATISTICS

Credit: www.loveisrespect.org

1.5 Million

Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year

1 in 3

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

1 in 10

One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.


Signs of Teen Dating Violence

Does your boyfriend/girlfriend...

  • show excessive jealousy about who you hang out with and talk to?
  • asks where you are and who you're with constantly?
  • try to keep you away from your family and friends?
  • insult you or put you down?
  • try to tell you what to wear, who to hang out with, and what to do?
  • tells you it is your fault when he/she mistreats you?
  • get angry easily?
  • pressure you to perform sex acts?
  • refuse to let you break up with him/her?
  • text you excessively and expect you to "check in" several times a day?
  • own a weapon?

HOW WE HELP?

Teen Talks Summit

Teen Talks Summit is a gathering of youth in grades 6 through 12 throughout the metro Atlanta area. Participants learn life-changing skills that help them identify the dangers associated with violence in their communities and empower them to educate other students about prevention in their local schools and communities. Goals
- Bring a voice to the youth in attendance that they recognize and can identify with in order to raise awareness about dating violence, teen sex trafficking, and violence in our community
- Identify strategies to address the underlying issues connected with dating violence, teen sex trafficking, gang violence and other types of violence in our communities
- Provide resources that will promote protective factors and empower our teens to adequately address violence on every level
- Build future youth leaders who will be making a difference across metro counties and saving lives



E.L.I.T.E. Elect Ladies in Training Enterprises

ELITE targets twenty ninth grade girls that have entered Stone Mountain with a behavioral contract and/or have been identified by administrators, counselors, and/or teachers as being at risk due to one or more factors to include: performance one to two levels below grade level proficiency, behavioral concerns, and family instability. Our program provides group, peer, and e-mentoring. The young ladies are matched with an adult mentor as well as a peer mentor.

Our vision is to equip the next generation of women with the knowledge needed to make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood so that they may be strong women of influence throughout the world.

The mission of E.L.I.T.E. is to educate, train, and empower adolescent girls by strengthening their social, relational, and emotional coping skills.



Goals
  • Decrease truancy and absenteeism from individual classes and school
  • Increase academic skills of mentees
  • Decrease risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, dating violence, and other types of violence in the community
  • Provide positive role models
  • Strengthen communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Facilitate the setting of career goals
  • Pair students with business people and industry professionals to increase career awareness
  • Increase likelihood of attaining and keeping a job


Young Men of V.A.L.O.R.

VALOR is a partnership with the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention centers that focuses on providing mentors and resources to the young men incarcerated in the center. Additionally, we will provide a support group to the families of the young men. The official launch will be September 2016! Stay tuned for more details!