Did you know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Let’s look back at our many teen events in February!
Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. Orange is the national color for teen dating violence awareness.
In February, Tri-Valley Haven partnered with local high schools to celebrate healthy relationships and take action to help spread awareness and prevent dating violence! We reached out to schools to host Wear Orange Days to encourage students to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month. Students could wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else they could think of!
Prevention staff at Tri-Valley Haven also created an all-orange photo corner with photo props, a backdrop, and photo frames, for students to take pictures on themselves on Wear Orange Day. They were encouraged to get involved in the national #Orange4Love social media campaign and post their pictures on their social media sites using the hashtags #tdvam #orange4love #tvh4respect #tvh4love #teendvmonth.
For students who do not own any orange items, orange ribbons were available for them to take and pin on to their shirt in solidarity.
Wear Orange Day Events
Tri-Valley Haven – Staff
Before the prevention team took the photo corner to the schools, they hosted a Wear Orange Day for TVH staff on Valentine’s Day! Staff was delighted to celebrate healthy relationships in such an enjoyable manner and even more thrilled to be able to keep a Polaroid picture as a souvenir!
Dublin High School – Be Strong Club
Tri-Valley Haven partnered with Be Strong Club, a youth empowerment group at Dublin High School, to organize a schoolwide Wear Orange Day! Members of the club dedicated their meetings to create photo props for the photo corner, and personalize orange club shirts in honor of Teen Dating Violence! Be Strong Club member Kim said, “Not many people own clothing that is orange, yet the color orange stands out and that is what Be Strong Club is about…our club wants to be noticed and our orange club shirts will let us spread awareness on Teen Dating Violence all year.” Be Strong Club is committed to spreading awareness on Teen Dating Violence that they purposefully chose the color orange as a symbol for their club shirts and brochure!
The club members did their part to make this event a success! During lunch they walked around campus to get students to the photo corner and they came up with the idea to bring photo props to their peers to make it easier for them to take a picture from where they were at. At the photo corner, club members stood by as photographers to take pictures of students on their cell phones, and they also took on the role as “bubble blowers” to add a special effect to student’s pictures!
Be Strong Clu also hosted a schoolwide Art & Writing Contest in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February – stay tuned for another blog post about the winners!
Granada High School – Health Club
Tri-Valley Haven partnered with the Granada Health Club, a student group focused on health and wellness, to organize a schoolwide Wear Orange Day at Granada High School! Although the Health Club has a lot of school events planned for March, they were excited to collaborate with Tri-Valley Haven to host a Wear Orange Day in February. They worked hard to promote the event, distributing fliers and collaborating with the leadership classes to add statistics about teen dating violence to the daily school announcements throughout the month.
During the event, students were invited to sign Healthy Relationships Heart Pledges and get involved in the national #Orange4Love social media campaign. Members of the club created a special fabric backdrop for Granada’s Wear Orange Day that we used as part of our #Orange4Love Photo Corner. Afterwards, the Healthy Relationships Heart Pledges were displayed at their school.
Tri-Valley Haven loved working with the Granada Health Club and we hope to organize more awareness-raising events with these amazing students!
Foothill High School – Girl Up Club
Tri-Valley Haven partnered with Girl Up Club, an all-girls club at Foothill High School, that raise awareness about issues that marginalized women and girls face globally and advocate for the rights of these women, and girls, by utilizing the talent, energy, and compassion of Foothill High students. Tri-Valley Haven and Girl Up Club have had the opportunity to work together in the past to host schoolwide events to raise awareness on issues that affect women, such as International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women in November.
Girl Up club distributed fliers to promote Wear Orange Day at their school and they fundraised to buy orange beaded necklaces to distribute to students at their high school to encourage participation and empower students to take a stand against teen dating violence. The club also brought a personal camera to take pictures of students at the photo corner to post on the Foothill High School Website.
Tri-Valley Haven is thrilled to continue collaborating with Girl Up to continue spreading awareness on issues that affect women globally!
Cathy is a Bilingual Sexual Assault Advocate and Preventionist at Tri-Valley Haven. For more information about how you can support our violence prevention programs in local schools, please call our office at (925) 449-5845 or visit http://www.trivalleyhaven.org