Empower RVA Teens

A Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

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Empower RVA Teens is YWCA Richmond’s Teen Peer Education 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 empowering teens to teach their peers about healthy relationships, teen dating violence, sexual violence, and consent. Empower RVA Teens is a program by teens for teens. Participants drive the focus of the group and help make decisions to improve the program.

Currently applications are closed. Please contact Robin Sawyer at rsawyer@ywcarichmond.org or 804.643.6761 ext 150 if you would like to apply or to learn about Empower RVA Teens.

Request a Teen Peer Facilitator

Our Teen Peer Facilitators are high schoolers who have attended a 16-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 to speak to your club, organization, or group, please fill out our Speaker Request Form.

You may contact Robin Sawyer at rsawyer@ywcarichmond.org or 804.643.6761 ext 150 for more information and scheduling questions.

Speaker Request Form
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Program Details

Teens will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about important issues
  • Gain public speaking and facilitation skills
  • Facilitate workshops for peers
  • Lead events throughout the year

Teens will learn about:

  • Teen dating violence
  • Sexual violence
  • How to support a friend who is in an abusive relationship
  • Healthy relationships
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Cultural awareness, consent, gender stereotypes, and their effects on relationships
  • Youth activism and social justice

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 have conversations with their teens about these often challenging topics.
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention: Provide children and teenagers the opportunity to learn about the dynamics of bullying, how to respond when they witness bullying, 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: Provide a space to engage in a dialogue and participate 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.

News and Resources for Teens & Prevention

YWCA Richmond Empower RVA Teens Advocacy

A year in the life of an Empower RVA Teen Educator

Each year, Empower RVA Teens Educators get to participate in a Legislative Advocacy Day.  Educators learn about state and federal government…

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What I Learned From Empower RVA Teens

Participants get to learn and experience so much throughout their years in the program. Below find out what current and past Peer Educators have to…

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YWCA Richmond’s Emphasis on Prevention & Education

From college campuses to youth groups, YWCA Richmond’s prevention team uses education as a tool to empower key stakeholders in our community’s…