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Perrin Family Foundation Gives $15,000 to DVCC Teen PeaceWorks Project

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June 2011: The Domestic Violence Crisis Center has received a $15,000 grant from the Perrin Family Foundation that will be used to help fund the agency’s Teen PeaceWorks project. Teen PeaceWorks are school-based, student-led groups committed to raising awareness within their schools and communities about the issues of teen dating violence and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. The teen groups are guided by educators from PeaceWorks, DVCC’s prevention education program.

 

Teen PeaceWorks groups currently exist at six area high schools, a number the DVCC plans to expand by the end of the year. A goal of the grant is to allow the DVCC to provide support and resources to strengthen the efforts of existing Teen PeaceWorks groups, as well as to establish groups in schools currently not participating. The project also promotes leadership skills amongst teenagers.

 

“When it comes to influencing a school’s climate and changing norms and perceptions around domestic and dating violence, we believe that youth leadership and peer to peer support are essential components of any comprehensive prevention effort,” said DVCC Executive Director Rachelle Kucera Mehra. “Youth are best equipped to design, interpret and deliver the message to and for other youth.”

 

While Teen PeaceWorks members receive training and guidance from PeaceWorks staff, they are the ones who come up with the ideas for and who create and manage the various awareness activities in their schools and communities. In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month this past February, students distributed a wealth of materials, created public service announcements, hung posters and banners and hosted events. The teens also work with local community groups to raise awareness about domestic violence during October and volunteer at community and fundraising events.

 

Additionally, teens have attended the DVCC’s youth volunteer training, where they learn about intimate partner violence, the specific nuances and challenges associated with teens and dating violence, and prepare to volunteer in some capacity for the agency and/or to lead a Teen PeaceWorks group.

 

PeaceWorks, an educational project of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, provides programs for pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade youth to help them learn how to solve conflicts peacefully and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. In fiscal year 2009 - 2010 PeaceWorks staff  provided school and afterschool programs for 25,589 students and provided educational seminars and awareness projects for 3,545 adults throughout the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center offers confidential services at no charge to victims of domestic violence that include court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children’s services, medical advocacy, professional adult trainings, multilingual services and a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900).

 

The Perrin Family Foundation, founded in 1994, is committed to providing equal opportunities for children and young adults to lead safe, productive and creative lives. The Foundation believes that Youth Voice is an essential component in helping to build healthy communities. The Perrin Family Foundation funds youth leadership skill development programs in Fairfield County as well as youth led social change programs throughout the state in underserved communities. For more information, visit the website at www.perrinfamilyfoundation.org.