Margaret's Place Participants Campaign Against Violence
February is Teen Violence Awareness Month and a time to recognize the pervasiveness of this issue. Among the alarming statistics: 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. 1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. Read more: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teen-dating-violence and from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/…/…/teen-dating-violence-factsheet-a.pdf.
For several years, the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Margaret's Place program administered by WJCS has been educating youth and school communities about how to prevent violence through engaging programs and activities. During a recent school-wide campaign at White Plains High peer leaders demonstrated how to seek help and promoted standing up for others. This week, White Plains and the other schools in the program - Peekskill High School, Cross Hill Academy and Emerson Middle School in Yonkers - are delivering healthy friendship messages and dating tips with a creative flair: school dances and a “wheel of fortune” style interactive game with students answering related questions, public address announcements by students and themed bulletin boards in the schools, a bake sale and giveaways for students. Learn more about how Margaret’s Place is empowering Westchester teens.