The Foundation's initiative, Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, was designed to fund a national effort to develop and implement effective strategies to prevent relationship violence among youth.The Bronx has the highest Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) rates of all the New York City (NYC) boroughs. This community also faces high rates of HIV, poverty, and a significant amount of poor housing stock. The mostly minority communities are underserved and are often comprised of newly arrived immigrants who do not speak English or feel comfortable in accessing services. This program will be able to reach a large portion of the Bronx population as a result of its partnership with the New York City Department of Education.In school, middle school students will be educated in classrooms, assembly programs and special events annually. The program will extend outside of school through partnerships with community-based organizations such as Butler Houses Community Center. They will also give attention to gender and sexuality differences in order to address diversity of experience within teen relationships. The program will engage teen influencers through workshops, training and support on issues of teen dating violence by partnering with faith-based groups, senior citizen centers, and youth centers.
Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00
Awarded on: 11/6/2008
Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 5/31/2013
Grant Number: 65405