The Santa Barbara Public Library hosted a Parent-Teen Workshop about the show Thirteen Reasons Why on September 27th and October 4th. The show candidly discusses teen suicide, dating violence, sexual assault and bullying. It paints an accurate if disturbing picture of some aspects of teenage life. See the the parent and teen responses to…Read more →
Verizon Foundation grants What is LOVE $10,000 Foundation partnership.
What Is LOVE, is pleased to announce receiving a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation. Heidi Flato, Public Relations | Pacific Market for Verizon , said, “Verizon supports the work of nonprofits such as, What is LOVE, as they strive to improve the communities where our employees work and live. Together, we can help our youth learn about healthy relationships and how to prevent violence”.“One in three teens in the Santa Barbara County report experiencing physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and digital abuse from a dating partner and most dating abuse happens in our schools,” says Christy Haynes MA, Psy, Founder & Director of Prevention for What is LOVE. “This generous grant from Verizon will help sustain our life-saving educational programs”. Haynes adds, “Dating abuse prevention is not an easy topic to teach, and many educators don’t know where to start. That’s where What is LOVE can help. We have a variety of proven programs and materials that can be implemented in all school settings. We can train school administrators and staff, we offer workshops for parents, and we provide community outreach materials to help teens throughout the country.”
What is LOVE has been actively providing educational school-based programs for more than two decades, and has partnered with educators in Santa Barbara County and researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara to measure the program’s effectiveness. Since 2009, the What is LOVE program has reached 33,292 teens:
What is LOVE, Ready to Help California Schools with New Law 96% reported an increased knowledge and understanding of dating violence 82% reported they know how to find resources and would get help for an abusive relationships which has led to a 300% increase in teens asking for help. Educators who are interested in learning more about educating adolescents on dating violence prevention are invited to learn more at www.whatisloveteens.org.
About Verizon Foundation
For more than a decade, Verizon , through its various business units and its philanthropic foundation , has been a champion of ending domestic violence. Verizon supports a broad range of programs that include: training health care practitioners and first responders about screening for signs of abuse; engaging men as role models and advocates for prevention; educating teens about preventing dating violence ; and providing resources for domestic prevention organizations and survivors.
Christy Haynes, Founder
Thank you KEYT NewsChannel 3 for your coverage of our Suicide Prevention Workshop!! http://www.keyt.com/health/health-warnings/suicide-prevention-and-awareness-discussed-during-weeknight-workshop-at-public-library/627404871
5 TIPS FOR PARENTS ABOUT TEEN DATING ONE: COMMUNICATE– Start talking to your teen well before they start dating. 72% of 7th graders report they are dating. TWO: LEAD BY EXAMPLE– Teen’s primary influence about dating is what they learn at home. THREE: PAY ATTENTION– The second biggest dating influence…
KCRW highlights the work of What is Love school programs in the article “Confronting sexual abuse, in high school”
Hear the full audio interview with What is Love Founder Christy Haynes below and also read the full article on KCRW’s website: http://blogs.kcrw.com/whichwayla/2015/06/confronting-sexual-abuse-in-high-school
Is Your Teen Dating Without Danger? Did you know that 2 out of 3 teens will experience dating abuse? What is LOVE offers a FREE Parent Workshop helping parents to identify red flags of abusive dating, practice conversation starters, and connect to school and community resources. Unfortunately, 75% of parents..
February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In honor of National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month, teens have been taught about love. Christy Haynes has been teaching students at area high schools during a program called “What Is Love.” A six-week workshop…
TEEN DATING ABUSE – A FOCUS IN FEBRUARY
YOU’RE INVITED! Launching the I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE CAMPAIGN Monday, February 23rd at 5:30pm Downtown Central Library Faulkner Gallery 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA LOVE SHOULDN’T HURT This is the message administrators and faculty at Santa Barbara Unified School District are sharing with teens as What is…
Have you or anyone you know ever been in a relationship of any sort which was affected by someone’s negative or unhealthy body image? If you have, then you know how much of a downer it is and how it can affect every aspect of that person’s daily life…
Mayor Helene Schneider, Assemblymember Das Williams, and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson recognize What is Love
The WIL Program is proudly supported by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson: “I commend the “What is Love” organization for holding this event in our community to bring awareness to the very important issue of teen dating violence. When nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a…
3000 TEENS STARTED A CONVERSATION THIS MONTH: “WHAT IS HEALTHY LOVE? HOW DOES DATING ABUSE IMPACT SCHOOL SUCCESS? HOW DO I CONNECT TO RESOURCES?”
Youth Leaders from each Santa Barbara High School were invited to apply for the Peer Educator/Leadership training. Teens care deeply about their friends and their relationships and they hold the key in promoting healthy relationships, bringing awareness to abusive relationship behaviors, and creating social change. Christy Haynes M.A. Psy, selected…
JAMES S. BOWER FOUNDATION INVESTS $70,000 in What is LOVE TO SUPPORT SANTA BARBARA YOUTH IN IDENTIFYING ABUSIVE LOVE AND BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS.
What is LOVE will provide Santa Barbara area youth more resources to help identify abusive love and build healthy relationship skills this fall. What is LOVE is using a grant from the James S. Bower Foundation to expand the reach of its dating violence prevention and awareness program. One…
NEW RESEARCH REVEALS MORE THAN 60 PERCENT OF TEENS REPORTED BEING VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS OF DATING ABUSE.