Are you interested in driving change and making a big difference in your high school and community?
Do you care about the safety and self-esteem of your friends and classmates?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then you should take the ROSE Fund challenge.
At the ROSE Fund we believe that there's a tremendous amount of both 'bad news' and' good news' about the teen dating violence and abuse (TDVA) issue. We believe this represents an achievable opportunity for you to do something significant about it within your own high school and community.
The Bad News
- Teen dating violence and abuse (TDVA) is far more prevalent and devastating than most parents and educators recognize as studies show that it as many as 1 in 5 high school students will experience an unhealthy and abusive relationship.
- TDVA represents a significant causal factor for a wide range of other important health issues facing teenagers today to include; anxiety, depression, pregnancy, body image issues, substance abuse and suicide.
- TDVA can and commonly does escalate to where it can have life-altering and/or lethal consequences.
The Good News
- Teen dating violence and abuse is an addressable and preventable issue!!!
- Like breast cancer, it only takes a minimal amount of time to understand how to take a self-exam that can help you to identify the early signs of its presence.
- Like breast cancer, if you are vigilant about looking for the unhealthy signs of its presence, you will benefit from early intervention where the success and survival rates are extremely high .
With your help, we have the opportunity to inoculate each and every student in your high school with the basic knowledge around how to identify the early signs of an abusive relationship. In doing so, you will have played an integral role, in preventing your classmates from entering into an abusive relationship that escalates to where it has life-altering and/or lethal consequences.
The ROSE Fund's challenge to high school students today is as follows:
- To contact us directly or sign up to attend a 15 minute webinar to learn more about the TDVA issue and the ROSE Fund's approach to helping you and your high school address it.
- Contact Executive Director, Dan Walsh 781-929-1818,
- Based on the basic knowledge you'll learn from this webinar, take a self-exam on your on dating relationship to determine if it is healthy or not.
- Do the same for a friend of yours and share your results with them.
- To individually, or together with your friends and parents, broker a meeting between the ROSE Fund and the Principal of your high school.
It all starts with a phone call. Make it now, Executive Director, Dan Walsh 781-929-1818.
Additional ways for high school students to help include:
- Make a video with your friends and classmates that helps to break the silence about the prevalence, severity and impact of TDVA amongst teenagers. (share it with us and we'll feature it on our web site)
- Contact us to learn more about how to start a 'Teens Against Dating Abuse' Club or a peer mediation group at your high school.
- Volunteer or Intern with the ROSE Fund.