YWCA Richmond is committed to taking a proactive approach to dating violence by providing educational workshops to the community.

Workshops for Adolescents

We have created a comprehensive teen dating violence awareness workshop and a bystander intervention workshop to address 11 to 17-year-olds. These workshops include preventive strategies, defining dating violence; methods abusers use to control their partners, identifying positive characteristics in a dating partner, indicators of an abusive relationship, and steps to practice healthy relationships with dating partners, friends, parents, and teachers. All workshops are custom-designed to accommodate your agency or event’s focus and time.

Schedule a Presenter

To request a speaker from our Community Outreach & Public Education program to hold a healthy relationships and/or teen dating workshop at a middle-school, high-school or youth group, complete our Speaker Request Form.

You may contact Ryan Morris at rmorris@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 643-6761 x119 for more information and scheduling.

Topics We Address

While these are some of the current topics of programs we offer, we are also able to have conversations about tailoring programs to your school or organization’s needs.

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness: Teaching teenagers about the dynamics of teen dating violence and how to help a friend involved in an abusive relationship.
  • Bullying Awareness and PreventionProvide 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.
New! Peer-to-Peer Healthy Relationship Education
Starting January 2017, YWCA Richmond will pilot a new outreach offering to prevent teen relational violence. Healthy Youth Healthy Relationships (HYHR) is a student-led, community-service leadership opportunity for local high school-aged teens to develop communication skills by leading healthy relationships workshops for their peers.
Our first class of teen facilitators will begin training on their curriculum in early 2017. HYHR will allow YWCA Richmond to reach more adolescents with our violence prevention and anti-bullying curriculum, while empowering Richmond youth to become facilitators and stand up to unhealthy relationships.
You may contact Ryan Morris at rmorris@ywcarichmond.org or (804) 643-6761 x119 for more information.