Engaging Youth

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We see hope and change in young people.

The HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program promoting healthy relationships, behaviors, and attitudes. The goal of the project is to inspire introspective thinking, social consciousness and the use of these concepts to reduce interpersonal violence.

The project provides an affirming and safe space for all students.

Open to girls and trans*, and gender non-conforming teens age (14 to 18), explore many topics related to violence prevention including healthy relationships, media literacy and the safe use of technology, social constructions of femininity, healthy masculinity, self-management and self-care, body policing, bystander intervention, healthy sexuality, cultural relativity, bullying, gender dynamics, and understanding intersectionality and root causes of oppression.

All Youth Leaders serve as outreach specialists, educating their peers and encouraging personal and community safety.

 

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Youth Leaders:

  • Learn primary violence prevention skills
  • Provide valuable volunteer service to their community
  • Become engaged with social justice issues
  • Are encouraged to challenge institutions of oppression
  • Develop leadership and public speaking skills
  • Use social media and creative expression to increase awareness of violence prevention issues
  • Reflect on their experiences
  • Have fun and make new friends

Qualifications

  • Be at least 14 years old and have written parental consent to participate
  • Work well with others
  • Have an interest in healthy relationships and the prevention of sexual assault and dating violence
  • Be creative and dependable

Requirements

  • Must attend monthly meetings/trainings
  • Participate in service projects
  • Attend and assist with agency awareness events
  • Provide two references

Applications for the 2018/2019 school year will be posted in early 2018!