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 →

January 2016

PRESS RELEASE
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
Christy@whatisloveteens.org
805-705-0011

 


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

Verizon Foundation partnership a critical factor in program’s success. What is LOVE, a non-profit organization, has an evidence-based curriculum providing Santa Barbara County schools vital dating violence prevention. Santa Barbara (October 2016) What Is LOVE, is pleased to announce receiving a $25,000 grant from Verizon Foundation Hopeline Campaign. Heidi Flato,
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PRESS RELEASE! (January 2016) Verizon Foundation grants What is LOVE $10,000 Foundation partnership a critical factor in program’s success. What is LOVE, a non-profit organization, has a proven curriculum providing community schools essential dating violence prevention. What Is LOVE, is pleased to announce receiving a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation…

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…

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

FREE PARENT & TEEN WORKSHOP: Thursday, April 23 at 6PM, Faulkner Gallery, Central Library, 40 East Anapamu.


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..

Teens Learn About Healthy Relationships on KEYT


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…

BODY LOVE

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…

 

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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…

 


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…

DR. CASH LEADS EFFORT TO SECURE SANTA BARBARA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTRACT WITH What is LOVE TO PROVIDE DATING ABUSE PROGRAMMING UTILIZING RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRINCIPLES TO ALL HIGH SCHOOLS. 


Santa Barbara, CA September 22, 2014: School principals, counselors, parents and teens have resoundingly expressed an immediate need for continued and expanded in-school dating violence prevention programs. Dr. Cash, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District, lead an effort to secure a contract with What is LOVE to provide

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SENATOR HANNAH-BETH JACKSON, STATE ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAS WILLIAMS, MAYOR HELENE SCHNEIDER, COUNCILMEMBER CATHY MURILLO & COUNCILMEMBER GREGG HART PARTICIPATE IN THE “I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE” CAMPAIGN.


Santa Barbara, CA February 2014: On Saturday, February 8th, 2014 Community members gather at the Lovebird Boutique to help launch the “I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE”, a month-long series of events helping teens identify abusive love and build healthy relationships skills. The event featured music from LOCAL teen bands “SOZO”

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