Empower RVA Teens Advocate at the Capitol

The entire month of February, our Empower RVA Teens advocated for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Check out some of the awesome pictures and vlogs they captured along the way!

Teens left to right are Maddie Roberts, Kendall Lynch, Michaela George, and Arianna HarbAll month long, our Empower RVA Teens have been advocating for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Check out some of the awesome pictures and vlogs they captured along the way!

On Friday, February 16, 2018 Empower RVA Teens went to the Capitol to participate on a panel about how important funding is to teen dating violence prevention and to discuss these issues with aides in Senator Warner, Senator Kaine, and Representative McEachin’s offices. Here are some of our teen peer educators in front of the Capitol Building.

The morning started off with a “Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault Briefing” to educate representatives in Congress about the importance of preventing teen dating violence and sexual assault. Rachael Kaufman, Community Outreach Specialist, spoke about the FVPSA funding and how YWCA Richmond’s Empower RVA Teens program could not exist without money to support her and the rest of YWCA’s efforts to prevent violence and empower survivors.

 

 

 

 

 

One of YWCA’s teen peer educators, Michaela George, also spoke on a teen panel, where she discussed the impact that adults and the Empower RVA Teens program has had on all of her relationships. When asked, what would she do if herself or a friend was experiencing teen dating violence or sexual assault, this is what she said:

 

The whole group who presented at the panel, including other teen advocates and survivors Karla Lozano and Aya Mubaarak; Gretta Gardner (Ujima); Kiersten Stewart (Futures Without Violence); and Matthew Huffman (Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence) can be seen below.

Here, some of our teens are discussing their experience in our teen peer facilitation program, Empower RVA Teens, and the importance of FVPSA funding with Blair Wrist in Representative McEachin’s office. Also, teens outside Senator Warner and Kaine’s offices after meeting with legislative aides about the importance of TDV prevention.

 

When asked how their days went with the panel and meeting representatives at the Capitol, here are some of our teens’ responses: