For Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM) 2023, NRCDV is honored to partner with and amplify the voices of Black youth leaders throughout the month of February and beyond. Our 2023 theme, Health Equity Matters: Making Connections Through Experiences, was inspired by the youth-led planning group for our upcoming National Prevention Youth Summit. Promoting health equity, specifically for Black youth, fosters healthy individuals, relationships, and communities.
The CDC's 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among U.S. high school students who reported dating during the 12 months before the survey, about 1 in 12 experienced physical dating violence and about 1 in 12 experienced sexual dating violence. See Ujima's Teen Dating Violence in the Black Community fact sheet to learn more.
We are especially excited to launch our new messaging campaign, By & For: Stories of the Beauty, Power, & Wisdom Within. Living out our values through equitable compensation, intentional leadership, and liberative structures, NRCDV worked with Celeste Iroha, Crishelle Bailey, Deborah Austin, and Kaloni James, led by consultant Ana Sanz-Saumeth to guide the development of a digital communications campaign made for Black youth by Black youth. Engaging over thirty young people and Black leaders and creatives, this campaign centers Black youth experiences, focusing on storytelling and prevention in conjunction with #1Thing. Follow us on social media to read the stories!
When we work together and each do #1Thing to prevent youth relationship violence and foster healthy relationships and communities, real social change is possible.