Teens Driving Violence Prevention in RVA

Empower RVA Teens is YWCA Richmond’s Teen Peer Facilitation program. This program is a student-led, community-service leadership opportunity for local high school-aged teens. It aims to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault by educating and empowering teens to teach their peers about healthy relationships. Teens will have the opportunity to learn about these important issues, facilitate workshops for their peers, and lead events and conversations during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.


Apply Now!

We are currently accepting applications for new participants for Fall 2018.

For more information about the program and to apply, please click here to fill out the application here.


Request a Teen Peer Facilitator

Our Teen Peer Facilitators are high schoolers who have attended a 35-hour certification program where they learn about healthy relationships, teen dating violence, and facilitation techniques. If you are interested in having one of our Teen Peer Facilitators or a YWCA staff member come speak to your club, organization, or group, please fill out our Speaker Request Form.

You may contact Elizabeth Solano at esolano@ywcarichmond.org or 804.643.6761 ext 150 for more information and scheduling questions.


Topics We Address

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness: Teaching teenagers about the dynamics of teen dating violence and how to help a friend involved in an abusive relationship. Also, teaching parents how to talk to teens.
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention: Provide teenagers the opportunity to learn about the dynamics of bullying, how to respond when a friend is being bullied, and a space to discuss how their community is affected by bullying.
  • Healthy Relationships for Teens: Provide teenagers a space to explore what they want from a relationship and healthy ways to resolve conflict when in one.
  • Creating an “Upstander” Community: Bystander Intervention: Engaging in a dialogue and participating in activities about bystander intervention and how to become an “upstander” or someone who intervenes safely and appropriately when they believe someone is in danger.