Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

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 Boston Healthy Relationship Initiative will address dating violence prevention and awareness by working collaboratively to change social and community norms. The purpose of this project is to implement curriculum in four to five Boston public middle schools, reaching approximately 1,000-1,500 students ages 10-14. Peer-led out of school activities will be developed and implemented as well. In addition, this project will give attention to complex gender differences, including examining the phenomenon of girl gang sexual and physical violence. Older teen peer leaders, ages 15-17 will be trained in the model and curricula, serving as role models, facilitators, and mentors for younger students in the target neighborhoods. Additionally, a series of "Family Fun Events" at the community centers will bring young people and families together to interactively impart and practice what they have learned through the initiative. Partners for this initiative include Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Center on Media and Child Health, Children's Hospital Boston and Roxbury Multi-service Center.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 9/15/2013

Grant Number: 65414


Boston Public Health Commission

1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, 02118-2600


Nicole Daley
Project Director