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 rate of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is higher in Georgia than the national average. A 2007 Georgia Department of Human Resources report indicated that 1 out of every 6 Georgia high school students was hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the prior 12 months. The purpose of this project is to implement curriculum in schools using a strategy that builds on the previous year to meet the needs of youth throughout the middle schools. Partnerships with Grady Health System, Fulton County Health Department, and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice will allow the program to reach at-risk youth that may no longer be in school because of pregnancy or delinquency. Teens in the program will also co-design and help implement the social marketing campaign. Other teen influencers such as parents and teachers will receive IPV training at different agencies and the Jane Fonda Center located at Emory University.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,000,000.00

Awarded on: 11/6/2008

Time frame: 11/15/2008 - 12/31/2012

Grant Number: 65408


Emory University, School of Medicine

1648 Pierce Drive
Atlanta, 30322-0001


Melissa J. Kottke
Project Director