Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

Teen dating violence and abuse is a major public health problem in this country. In addition to undermining young people’s individual growth and academic potential, dating violence and abuse puts young people at risk for long-term health consequences, serious injury and even death. Prevention needs to be a public health priority. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 10 high school students report experiencing physical dating violence.

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in collaboration with Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) and Futures Without Violence. From 2008 to 2012, RWJF and BSCF invested $18 million in 11 Start Strong sites across the country to promote healthy relationships among 11- to 14-year-olds and identify promising strategies to prevent teen dating violence (TDV).  

It was one of the largest initiatives ever funded targeting middle school students to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence.

Program/Initiative

Futures Without Violence

The Presidio
100 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA, 94129-4331

415-252-8900
Website

Laura J. Hogan
Program Director

530-231-5577
Email

Esta G. Soler
Program Director

415-678-5500
Email

Debbie Lee
Deputy Director

415-252-8900
Email

Kristin Schubert, Team Director and Senior Program Officer

Kristin Schubert, team director and senior program officer

"We knew we'd have to start much earlier to help younger people understand what it means to have a healthy relationship, and give them the tools and awareness to avoid the tragic and life-changing experience of relationship violence. Our focus is on middle school-aged students, and Start Strong strategically works with the community around those students—parents, teachers, coaches, mentors and teen leaders—to reinforce better norms around healthy relationships."

—Kristin Schubert, team director and senior program officer.

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Resource for Preventing Teen Dating Violence

A new interactive online tool kit shares best practices from Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships—the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program working to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships among middle school-aged youth. The site is a resource for building healthy relationships and preventing teen dating violence in communities.

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