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Give Back on #GivingTuesday!

November 27th, 2017

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes #GivingTuesday! To help celebrate this global day of giving on Tuesday, November 28th, AWARE® Teen Advisory Board members came up with ten ways to give back in addition to making a donation as a part of JCADA's Give $10 Share 10 Challenge. 

Here are the AWARE® Teen Advisory Board's ten ways to support victims and raise awareness about teen dating violence on #GivingTuesday:
  1. Share facts about teen dating violence and local support resources on your own social media. Create your own or follow AWARE® on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for helpful information to re-post!
  2. Give out AWARE® & JCADA fact sheets and brochures at your school.
  3. Advocate for more teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship education in health classes.
  4. Submit op-eds about teen dating violence and available resources for victims to schools and local papers.
  5. Use morning assemblies or announcements as an opportunity to educate and raise awareness schoolwide.
  6. Create an educator toolkit for teachers and club leaders with helpful fact sheets, current events articles, and relevant books and movies.
  7. Think up some creative places for educational flyers (inside bathroom stalls or locker notes).
  8. Host a viewing party of a relevant movie for friends or a school club followed by a discussion of the issues.
  9. Start the conversation! Let people know when and where you'll be available to chat with them if they have any questions about teen dating violence or if they need to be connected to support resources.
  10. Give out awareness pins with factoids about teen dating violence and ask people to wear them show their support for victims.
Learn more and join JCADA's Give $10 Share 10 Challenge at jcada.org/givingtuesday.

 

My Summer With JCADA

September 12th, 2016

By Tova Zimm, AWARE® Intern

My summer as a JCADA intern with AWARE®, the organization’s prevention initiative, was a life-changing experience that helped inform my decision to become a social worker. My first days at JCADA were full of pure intellectual enlightenment as I expanded my knowledge of the many ways that both men and women of all ages suffer from domestic abuse in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. The more I learned about how prevalent domestic abuse is, the more I realized how essential organizations like JCADA are. Within one week of beginning my internship, I knew I had found my calling in life.

The JCADA staff that I had the privilege to work with this summer provided me with endless encouragement and guidance, allowing me to be as active and engaged with my work as possible. Being surrounded by so many brilliant and passionate people who dedicate their lives to this exceedingly important cause expanded my interest in the issue and inspired my future career path.

I began my internship at JCADA unsure of my major or vocational aspiration, but with the hope that I would find some guidance this summer. Today, I leave my internship with absolute certainty of what I want to do in life: helping members of my community who are involved in abusive relationships. My internship with JCADA was life changing and unforgettable. I will always look back and remember how my summer with JCADA kick-started my love of social work.

Pictured above: A care package Tova put together with herwomen's group, Aura Chadasha of BethJoshua Congregation, for JCADA clients.


By: Katie Schreck, AWARE® Teen Advisory Board Member.

My name is Katie Schreck and I am in 10th grade at Wootton High School. This past year, I had the opportunity to be a part of JCADA's AWARE Teen Advisory Board. Over the course of this year with the Advisory Board, I was educated on violence within relationships and exactly what a healthy relationship is. Additionally, I got to work with my peers to brainstorm new ways to educate teens on dating violence. 

The first thing I learned through this experience is there are many different types of abuse that can be experienced in dating relationships. I learned about the five main forms of abuse: financial, technological, sexual, verbal and physical. The Board met once a month over the last year and we were educated in various ways, from reading articles about individual's experiences with abuse to watching videos on the topics we were studying. Working with my peers was my favorite part of the experience on the Advisory Board. We were charged with raising awareness about dating abuse in our communities- our schools, youth groups, and even our friends. Watching our groups work together to brainstorm ideas, plan and make projects, and learn together was a really fun way to become informed about a topic some of us initially knew little about. 

 Serving on this board was truly an amazing experience that I hope to continue in the future. Between learning new concepts, meeting new people, and generally experiencing new things (including finding out that kosher pizza is AMAZING and that no one will judge you based on the amount of sushi burritos one eats in any given week) it was an opportunity and experience I will never forget. I hope to continue to do work within this community and further educate myself as well as my peers. 

This was the inaugural year of Teen Advisory Board. Twelve members from five different high schools in Montgomery County served on the board. They met each month to discuss different topics, from Teen Dating Violence Awareness in February to Sexual Assault Awareness in April, and create awareness projects.

AWARE® is dedicated to empowering teens and young adults with the skills and information they need to build healthy relationships.
Email: aware@awarenow.org • Office: 301.315.8040 • Confidential Helpline: 877.885.2232