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The Prevention Perspective September 2021

Working directly with young people is central to the violence prevention work we do at the WCA each day. While educating young people is critical, creating opportunities for youth to explore self-empowerment, identify their values and passions and develop their skills is another way that we promote meaningful, long-lasting change. One opportunity for youth development that […]


The Prevention Perspective: August 2021 

It’s August, which means that kids are headed back to school! Whether they’re going into elementary, middle, high school or college, everyone deserves to have safe, healthy relationships. As adults, we may underestimate the difficulty that young people may have navigating relationships. To us, it may appear obvious that a friend is taking advantage or […]


Prevention Perspective: July 2021

“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change…” – Dr. Bruce Perry In the violence prevention world, we put a lot of time and effort into educating young people and building individual skills. We love our lesson plans […]


Prevention Perspective: June 2021

Violence prevention is based in the belief that violence against all people can be prevented by understanding and taking action to challenge the belief that the use of violence is acceptable. Social norms and societal beliefs about sexuality and gender have created a system of bias against LGBTQIA+ communities. Biases and discrimination often lead to […]


Prevention Perspective: March 2021

“You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.” -Grace Lee Boggs It’s No More Week 2021, and we want you to know that change happens here! In regards to violence prevention, I think it is critical that we ground […]


Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is recognized nationally as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Unfortunately, abuse in relationships among teens is all too common. Each year, millions of teens experience violence by dating partners. And according to LoveIsRespect.org (the leading national resource for teens experiencing dating violence), 82% of parents thought they could recognize teen dating violence but […]


Teen Dating Violence Q&A with Ailis and Cody

February marks the annual observance of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), where we join with young people all over the country to raise awareness about teen dating violence, and focus on advocacy and education to prevent dating abuse before it starts. The 2021 theme is, “Know Your Worth,” which calls us to promote healthy […]


#KnowYourWorth Call for Content

This February during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), the WCA Youth REPs are hosting a call for content.  We are specifically looking for visual art content created by teens for teens that we can use throughout the year on our social media platforms to share resources, spread awareness, and advocate for dating violence prevention.  […]