BENEFITING: Center Against Domestic Violence
ORGANIZER: Center Against Domestic Violence
Running the NYC Marathon is a life changing experience! This year, I decided to fundraise to run the race with an agency that does work that aligns with my own personal commitments as a psychologist. I work within a psychological services department for an urban school district and much of the work I do with families involves discussing the importance of children and teens being aware of the components of healthy relationships. In addition, this year I have seen a drastic increase in the number of children exposed to or are victims of abuse within relationships which can signficantly affect one's social/emotional well-being. My small hometown in Alabama was impacted by domestic violence this past year, and the community continues to cope with the loss of those family members, friends, and co-workers that were victims.
I want to support a cause that seeks to provide early intervention and education on warning signs and supports. Please consider giving to this cause - the funds raised go directly to support domestic abuse prevention education in local high schools.
My WISH LIST: 100 donations of at least $30 each! Each person that gives $30 will recieve a personalized commemorative thank you photo from the race!
Center Against Domestic Violence wrote -
Through the teen Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) we teach teens to identify signs of abuse, what a healthy relationship looks like and how to teach other teens to do the same. Do you remember what it was like to be a teen? Maybe you still are a teen. Regardless, there's little chance telling parents (guardians, teachers, etc.) anything personal when you are 15. The lack of trust in adults is the biggest barrier to helping teens prevent and/or escape from abuse. This is why we emphasize Peer-to-Peer education about teen dating violence. We want teens empowering teens. We want them to know they are not alone and they can go to their peers when they are in crises.
Our established Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) is in place at ten high schools citywide. Combined, RAPP teaches 23,000 students a year about healthy, communicative, non-violent relationships and directly counsels over 2,000 teens, individually and in groups. In addition, RAPP coordinators reach out to teachers, parents and community members, to teach warning signs that a teen may be violent or abused.