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 leaders to participate in an intensive training to support a better understanding of abusive relationships and how to promote healthy relationships. The training covers warning signs, elements of healthy relationships, referrals for help, cyber literacy as well as peer lead outreach campaign initiatives.

“If we are to interrupt this cycle of dating abuse, this must begin with the youth voice”, said Christy Haynes M.A. Psy.