Three Black youth activists smiling“This country owes the innovation, wisdom, and passion of young Black leaders who go unnoticed and unnamed in mainstream history books.” – Why Young Black Leaders Aren’t Only our Future, but Also our Now

February is both Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM) and Black History Month. This year, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is honored to partner with and amplify the voices of Black youth leaders throughout the month of February and beyond. “We know that Black youth carry the defiance and brilliance of our ancestors, and we honor them as producers of knowledge and creators of social change,” says Patty Branco.

NRCDV is excited to share our theme for TDVAM 2023, Health Equity Matters: Making Connections Through Experiences, 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. Our focus responds to the charge to pay attention to what matters most to youth, and to take action, as emphasized through love is respect’s theme for TDVAM 2023, Be About It.

By and For campaignAdditionally, NRCDV will be launching our new messaging campaign, By & For: Stories of the Beauty, Power, & Wisdom Within, this month in recognition of TDVAM and Black History Month. Living out our values through equitable compensation, intentional leadership, and liberative structures, this campaign centers Black youth experiences, focusing on storytelling and prevention in conjunction with #1Thing. Check out this blog post to learn more about the youth activists spearheading this project.

Ready to take action to promote health equity for Black youth? Check out our exciting opportunities for engagement below!

Upcoming events

  • Webinar: The Lifespan Lens: Youth-Centered Approaches to Building Economic Security and Safety in Housing Programs on Tuesday 2/21 2pm Eastern | 11am Pacific – Join NRCDV’s Safe Housing Capacity Building Center for a panel discussion focused on ways to engage youth in program design. REGISTER
  • 2023 National Youth Prevention Summit - Health Equity Matters: Making Connections Through Experiences on Monday 2/27 & Tuesday 2/28 at 4pm Eastern | 1pm Pacific – Our inaugural summit will explore the ways in which promoting health equity for youth is critical to building healthy relationships and communities. REGISTER 

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