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 in three teens in Santa Barbara County experience dating abuse and most never ask for help.

Jon Clark, President of the James S. Bower Foundation, said, “We are pleased to be supporting What is LOVE and their work in the Santa Barbara School District. We know that part of what students need in order to succeed are school and social environments where they feel safe and supported. The District has made it clear that addressing dating violence is a major part in creating those environments and that What is LOVE has a comprehensive program to help make that happen.”

This type of violence can have a profound impact on the physical and emotional growth of a youth with short- and long-term consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that youth who are harmed by teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, to report binge drinking, attempt suicide, engage in physical fighting and have a greater likelihood of teen pregnancy. Together, they create lasting harm that affects the victim of abuse, their friends, families, schools and surrounding communities.

What is LOVE addresses this crisis by utilizing a restorative justice approach, providing innovative outreach with interactive technology, demonstrating the power of storytelling, and supporting teen-driven awareness campaigns. Its programs currently include a school assembly and school-based workshops for youth and parents. What is LOVE plans to expand its programming to include a documentary, teacher and parent tools, and a dating quiz Mobile APP.

Christy Haynes, MA Psy., founder and director of prevention for WIL said, “Thanks to the generous support of the James S. Bower Foundation, we can continue to provide this essential programming to Santa Barbara County youth. This investment will provide an opportunity to capture more teen stories for the Assembly Format, develop Mobile APPS helping teens identify abusive love, train UCSB peer educators, expand our outreach capabilities with on-line resources, provide educational workshops to parents & teachers, and provide every school in Santa Barbara County awareness materials with resources for help.”

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.

WIL_020914_LovebirdEvent-53 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” & “TRIP ACES”, from Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy. DELISH EATS & SWEETS provided BY FREEDOM4YOUTH Culinary Program. And LOCAL teen artists proudly displayed art created to bring awareness to dating abuse on the ART WALL.

Mayor Schneider and Christy Haynes MA Psy copyTeen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote prevention programs during the month of February. What is LOVE, is proud to present the “I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE,” a series of events and activities designed to increase awareness of Teen Dating Abuse and to educate our community’s teens, and parents about the importance of healthy relationships.

The #1 indicator for school success, increased test scores, reduced fighting/bullying, and increased happiness. HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.

WIL_020914_LovebirdEvent-22However, ONE in THREE teens report experiencing physical, verbal/emotional, sexual or cyber abuse in a dating relationship and most teens never tell or ask for help. Dating abuse is not just dangerous and sometimes deadly, teens who experience abuse in a relationship exhibit decreased grades, higher rates of truancy, higher rates of violence, school drop-out rates, drug abuse, risky sexual behavior and an increased risk of suicide.

“Identifying dating abuse and building healthy relationships skills helps support school success and safety”, says Christy Haynes MA Psy, What is LOVE, founder.

What is LOVE, Santa Barbara Youth Council, Santa Barbara Public Library, Freedom4Youth, Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy and LoveBird Boutique partnered to bring the month long series of events to our community.

    • TEEN ART WALL INSTALLATION: Located on the main floor of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu. Check out a book from the February Reading list, sign the I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE pledge, TAKE THE dating quiz, PIN an example of healthy love on the ART WALL. Community service and healthy love activity available at Youth desk.

 

    • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th: ALL-SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT- We have invited High Schools from Santa Maria to Carpinteria to participate in the “I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE” 2014 School Announcement. Designed to be read over a PA system or to individual classes, the Announcement directs young people to visit www.whatisloveteens.org to learn more about how to prevent and end abusive relationships.

 

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28th: Indulge at the “I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE” Ice Cream Social at Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street, Townley Room from 3:30-4:30PM. Participate in the Ugly/Awesome Activity, MEET new friends, EAT lots of ice cream. Community service hours available.

For more information please contact Christy Haynes at 805-705-0011

 

Community Partners and Sponsors:

Santa Barbara Central Library

Contact: Jayne Lee, Youth and Teen Services Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 805-564-5646 jlee@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy

Contact: Cory Nelson (805) 450-4983 cjnelson805@gmail.com

Freedom4Youth

Contact: Billi Jo Starr (805) 689-3755 billijo@freedom4youth.org

Lovebird Boutique & Jewelry bar

Contact: Jennifer Scarbrough (805) 884-0242 jennifer@ziajewelry.com

Santa Barbara Youth Council

Contact: Susan Young (805) 897-2650 SYoung@santabarbaraca.gov