“A Better Way”,Extends Deadline For Teen Dating Violence Poster Contest

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–TEENS…there is still time to submit your entry to A Better Way’s “Teens Against Dating Violence Poster Contest.”  The poster contest is open to all high school students.  The theme is “Teen Dating Violence.”  Grand Prize is $300, 2nd place is $200 and 1st place is $100.

Registration/Entry forms and contest guidelines are available at “A Better Way” office or online: abetterwaydomesticviolence.org.  For more registration/entry information call, (760) 955-8010.

To bring awareness to this issue and educate our youth “A Better Way” is sponsoring for a 2nd year their “Teens Against Dating Violence Poster Contest.”   This year’s theme is “A Message of Love”, we want to empower our youth to become advocates.  Relationship Violence is a crime, we want to be very clear about that.  We know that young people relate to each other, they have influence within their peer groups.  We want to get them thinking and talking about this issue.  What better way than to engage them in a creative process, stated Anita Gomez.

It was teens through out the country with help from the American Bar Association who issued the call for this month long observance to help end dating violence.  “As the statistics of violent behavior in teen relationships rise, this is an issue that we cannot overlook,” says Anita Gomez, “A Better Way” Youth Advocate and Case Manager.   One of five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.  Young women, ages 16-24, experience the highest rates of relationship violence.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.   “A Better Way” Domestic Violence Shelter & Outreach has been committed to providing education and support to teens in the High Desert around this issue.   “Despite the extreme budget cuts that impact our ability to provide services, we continue to provide classes, workshops and lectures to several of the local High Schools. Teachers and Administrators are not only asking us to help educate them, as well as, the students on this issue,” says “A Better Way” Executive Director, Margaret Diaz.

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