2018 Teen Summit

Dialogue and Action

Partnership Against Domestic Violence hosted its 9th annual Teen Summit on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Decatur High School. More than 375 people were present to empower teens and adults to deepen the dialogue on teen dating violence.

The “Dialogue and Action” focus encourages teens to speak up about dating violence and helps parents educate their adolescents on healthy relationships. Through hands-on activities, workshops and teen-led sessions, this event helped teens and adults grow in understanding each other’s perspectives and generate a plan of action for addressing dating violence to take back to their own communities.

This year, members of the Teens Against Dating Violence (TADV) advisory board provided leadership at the Summit. The nine board members created workshops for the event, including What Adults Need To Know About Teen Dating Violence and Self-Love: Mapping Your Own Worth. They also joined teens from Raksha, Inc. to co-facilitate the workshop “Unhealthy Behaviors in Relationships and Their Cultural Causes”.

"My favorite part of the Teen Summit was helping lead two sessions," says Mikayla Cordell, Teen Advisory Board Member. "The Summit allowed participants to focus on qualities they love about themselves because we usually focus on traits we would or wouldn't like in a dating partner. The parent workshops were also very interactive and brought together adults and teens to talk about teen dating."

In addition to the workshops discussed above, VOXATL hosted a Slam Poetry/Open Mic for teen participants, the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children presented on The Adolescent Brain: What’s going on in there?, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence offered a session about Friends Helping Friends: How to Support a Friend in a Dating Violence Relationship, Georgia Equality discussed Violence Towards Gender Non-Conforming Individuals, It’s On The Rise, SGH Consulting Solutions brought information about Promoting Healthy Relationships & Safety of LGBTQ* Adolescents and Young Adults, Planned Parenthood Southeast facilitated two separate sessions; one on boundaries and consent for teens, “No Doesn’t Mean GO!!!!” and a second on strategies to effectively communicate with teens about sex, relationships and values, “Can you hear me? How to Effectively Engage Teens in Dialogue about Sensitive Issues”.   Power House Strong added their informative “Personal Safety & Empowerment” workshop to the information packed day.

For more information about teen dating violence or to schedule a PADV speaker, please visit our website www.padv.org

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