In the fall Children's Cove and Monomoy Regional High School joined together to work with Sophomores and form the second Teen TASK (Taking A Stand for Kids) Force. The group of 13 volunteers, sophomores at Monomoy, worked together to learn about and raise awareness of child sexual abuse issues on Cape Cod as well as the programs and services Children's Cove provides to victims. The mission of the Teen TASK Force is to engage teens by empowering them to advocate for teens to step forward about abuse and to educate their peers on child abuse issues.
The Teen TASK Force started its six-monthly sessions in December and met with Children's Cove staff as well as partner agencies such as the Dennis Police Department, Independence House, and Massachusetts State Police.
In addition to education, throughout the sessions the TASK Force was divided into three teams to develop their own child abuse awareness project, designing their own professional awareness materials by working with team members from Grouper Marketing & Creative. Each team had a separate week to implement their public awareness project in April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The group of incredible Sophomores finished the program in May and are interested in finding more ways to stay involved and volunteering for Children's Cove!