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Teen PeaceWorks Create Awareness

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DVCC Teen PeaceWorks groups in our local schools came up with some creative ways to raise awareness about teen dating violence this year, including making a video and holding a dance marathon.  Newly-formed Teen PeaceWorks clubs at Stamford’s Westhill High School and Turn of River Middle School meet weekly to learn about and discuss issues surrounding teen dating violence. Both groups are co-sponsored by Domus and are facilitated by a DVCC PeaceWorks educator and a Domus Family Advocate. Westhill participants raised funds for their club by getting up extra early on five cold winter mornings in order to make pot loads of hot chocolate and dozens of baked goods, which they then sold to their fellow students before school. Recently the Westhill teens developed a public service announcement on teen dating violence, which they then videotaped with the help of NPeaches, a web-based group that advocates for social justice and positive change. A representative from NPeaches spent several hours working with the teens on filming the PSA, and will also assist with the editing. DVCC PeaceWorks educators are looking into ways that will enable the Westhill and other Teen PeaceWorks groups to develop videos in the future.

Teen PeaceWorks at Weston High School got together in the fall for a movie screening of Telling Amy’s Story, about an abused woman who is murdered by her partner despite that many people around her knew about the abuse. The movie led to a discussion on intimate partner violence, and then to brainstorming about the group’s goals for the coming year. Among other activities during February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Weston Teen PeaceWorks and the Weston High School Student Government held a  dance marathon to raise awareness and funds to be donated to DVCC and other non-profit agencies.