Expect Respect E-News – February 2016

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February E-News
Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble Performance of "Playing Against Roles" Poster

Playing Against the Roles, Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, 2016



February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to educate young people in our lives about safe and healthy dating. We will Break the Silence to End Dating Violence at our annual kick-off event featuring local youth artists. The agenda includes the Mendez Middle School Dancers, Travis High School Rebelettes, spoken-word artist Shasparay Lighteard and the debut performance of Playing Against the Roles, an original production of the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, our collaboration with Creative Action.

Open and free to the public.
Tuesday, February 16 | 6:30 p.m.

Travis High School Theatre
1211 Oltorf St., Austin, 78704


Expect Respect 5K Challenge Poster

Don't let the "5K" fool you. Our 2016 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month campaign does not require running shoes. We are challenging students to TalK about relationships; Know their expectations; Evaluate their relationship sKills; BreaK up when it's not working and Get LiKes by sharing what they love or respect about someone at #iexpectrespectatx on social media.

In February students will present morning announcements with tips for healthy dating. Posters in schools will invite students to access QR codes/URLs using their phones to watch, play and learn about healthy relationships. Two hundred campaign toolkits have been disseminated to schools throughout Austin and surrounding districts.

Available online at expectrespectaustin.org.


Travis County Family Violence Task Force and County Commissioners

Travis County Family Violence Task Force and County Commissioners


Proclamations

Whereas, all young people deserve to be treated with respect;

Whereas, respectful, supportive and non-violent relationships are key to safety, health and academic success;

Whereas, teen dating violence is a significant health issue, with 1 in 10 teens reporting physical or sexual violence from a dating partner;

Whereas victimization increases teens' risk for injury, substance abuse, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancy and suicide, and young people exposed to violence are at greater risk for becoming victims and perpetrators in adult relationships; and

Whereas parents, teachers, coaches, healthcare providers, clergy, artists, musicians and other important people in teens' lives have the power to influence youth in positive ways.

Now, Therefore, Be it resolved, that we, the Travis County Commissioner's Court, do hereby proclaim the month of February, 2016, as "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month."

Click here to watch the full presentation at County Commissioner's Court.

A similar proclamation was issued on February 4th, 2016 by the Austin City Council.


Family Resource Centers Are Safe Places for Families

Natalie San Miguel, 8th grade counselor, Burnet Middle School

Natalie San Miguel, 8th grade counselor, Burnet Middle School

Families experiencing domestic violence are getting help at Burnet Middle School where Daphne Corder, LCSW is "honored to be part of the healing, protecting and educating of families experiencing domestic violence in our community." Daphne and her co-workers meet with parents during the school day to help them obtain basic needs including safe homes and relationships. Funded by the City of Austin, SAFE is partnering with Austin Voices for Education and Youth and The Austin Project to reach out to vulnerable families in schools. By assessing for domestic violence as part of a routine intake, social workers are aiming to reduce shame and identify children and parents who need additional support.


Randy Randolph, Expect Respect Prevention Manager and Lanier High School PALs

Randy Randolph, Expect Respect Prevention Manager and Lanier High School PALs

Kindness Bulletin Board in the Cafeteria

Kindness Bulletin Board in the Cafeteria

Youth Leaders Promote Kindness and Consent

The Expect Respect leaders at Webb Middle School promoted Kindness in January by sticking compliments on student lockers, giving hugs and hi-5's, showing appreciation and standing up for people in need.

The Lanier High School PALs are keeping it real with their multi-media production, A Tale of Three Couples. Not afraid to address intimacy, same-sex relationships, and enthusiastic consent, the Lanier PALs are performing their original show to all Lanier students during four consecutive assemblies.


Jennifer Pillich and Manor Athletes with Expect Respect team members Randy Randolph and Meg Greene.

Jennifer Pillich and Manor Athletes with Expect Respect team members Randy Randolph and Meg Greene.


Manor Says No MORE!

Jennifer Pillich, Manor ISD Girls Athletic Coordinator, led an empowerment seminar for female athletes promoting self-respect and healthy relationships. The event included two workshops, a No MORE social media campaign, the creation of a public service announcement which can be viewed here, and continued conversations with coaches and other school personnel.

Comments from students and adults:

"Being a woman is something to be proud of and we should all expect respect!"

"The social messages seen in media effect affect how men respect women and how we view ourselves."

"I gained so much self-confidence, I gained pride in myself that I didn't have before, I learned not to be afraid to speak out when these things happen to other people. I found a voice in me that wants this problem to end and that voice is fighting its way out of me."


On the Road

Barri Rosenbluth and Barbara Ball, Troup County Board of Education, LaGrange, GA.

Barri Rosenbluth and Barbara Ball, Troup County Board of Education, LaGrange, GA.

Expect Respect trainers visited Sacramento, California and LaGrange, Georgia in January, 2016. "Training people on our program model is very rewarding," says Barri Rosenbluth, Senior Director for Expect Respect, "Even in under-resourced areas, advocates and school personnel are working together on policies, curricula, youth leadership and support services. There is real momentum building for promoting safe and healthy teen relationships." Next stop, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society, South Dakota.

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