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.Within the City of Oakland, intimate partner violence (IPV) has reached epidemic proportions among teens. The Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) has been a lead organization in IPV work with more than 30 years of experience providing services to victims of abuse. In partnership with Youth ALIVE!, Youth Radio, and the Oakland Unified School District, FVLC will work to decrease IPV over the funding period in Oakland. The project will implement in-school curriculum and after-school efforts at five middle schools in Oakland. There will also be a youth advisory board to provide a necessary youth perspective and input for the project. Youth leaders will design their own social awareness campaigns, workshops, health fairs, and presentations. The project will also bring experience from previous FVLC initiatives such as RAP, an IPV prevention program for high school students. In order to engage youth around the issue, the project's partnership with Youth Radio brings an expertise in youth targeted social marketing and media.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 5/15/2013

Grant Number: 65472


Family Violence Law Center

P.O. Box 22009
Oakland, 94623-2009


Erin Scott
Project Director