Teen Dating Awareness Month.
At CSVANW, we are excited to share our new Native youth initiatives involving Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with all of you! We have been working diligently to carefully craft engaging, empowering and inspiring Native youth presentations and outreach materials for our tribal communities here in New Mexico. After all, more than
one in three Native teens will experience some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and at CSVANW we think that's one too many.
Since part of our mission is to stop violence against Native women
AND children, we have been working to focus a part of our time to help our Native youth build healthy relationships and prevent dating violence. This includes discussing with youth what healthy relationships look like, what setting healthy boundaries mean and what positive communication looks like within our communities.
From the Mescalero Apache Nation to our communities in the northern Pueblos up to Jicarilla Apache Nation, to Navajo Nation and all around our urban areas of Farmington, Gallup, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, CSVANW has been reached hundreds of Native youth in the last month with our presentations about Native youth healthy relationships, healthy boundaries and positive communication.
Lastly, last week was an exciting week for CSVANW, as we began filming our first Native youth video this year. We are focusing on educational and empowering youth videos, created by Native youth for Native youth, that addresses the sensitive and much needed conversations about teen dating violence. Stay tuned!