Learn to build the leadership skills and confidence to be able to recognize, interrupt, and prevent violence when you see it in your school community and in your daily life.
The Say Something Youth Initiative is Safe Passage’s violence prevention program for teens and offers opportunities for all students, faculty, and caregivers to get involved in culture change to support healthy relationships.
We want your input on how to help make your school community a place where all teens can experience safe and healthy relationships. We believe everyone has the ability to Say Something to create a safer community for all people, and we need your help to do it!
Because we can't do it without you, we are offering two different PAID ways for students to get involved in our program this spring and summer: our Advisory Group or Summer Leadership Academy.
Be a member of our Advisory Group!
We are looking for Easthampton High students to join our Advisory group this spring. What will Advisory Group Members Do?
- Attend a workshop where you will meet other Youth Advisors, learn about adultism, explore your strengths and leadership style, and learn and share tools for navigating power dynamics and preparing for success in groups.
- Meet regularly in after-school Zoom sessions to guide the Say Something Youth Initiative’s programming at Easthampton High, offering feedback and suggestions to make sure it is relevant to your experiences as a young person in your school and community.
- Being ambassadors in your school to help us make sure other students know how to get involved with Say Something Youth Initiative and seek help if they need it.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 Advisory Group! Fill out the application today!
Join our Summer Leadership Academy!
The Say Something Youth Initiative is inviting Easthampton High School students to join us for two weeks during the summer where together we will:
- Foster a sense of community and belonging through team-building and trust exercises
- Expand our knowledge around bias, oppression and sexual health
- Develop our confidence and leadership skills to educate and support our peers.
We will open registration soon for our 2021 Summer Leadership Academy, so check back here for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
How Can We Help?
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Support a Young Person In Your Life
For parents, caregivers, or other adults who are interested in joining our efforts to reduce teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships: here are some tips, tools, and resources.
Increase your own skills at recognizing, interrupting, and preventing interpersonal violence by joining our community Say Something LABs. For more information about upcoming virtual trainings, visit the Say Something Website.
Support young people in creating a safety plan for the first (few) date(s). Identify a person — a caregiver or trusted friend (if it’s a friend, they should have a caregiver’s number) — and share details about the person and date. Also discuss an ‘escape plan’ so your teen knows what to do if they feel uncomfortable on the date.
Talk to the teens in your life about relationships and be open and available for questions and support.
Talk to Teens
This shouldn’t be just one conversation. Have ongoing, non-judgemental talks using open ended questions. Let them know you’re willing (and happy) to talk anytime.
Use media to support your continued conversations, learn from the lived experiences of others, and discuss what to do in specific situations.
Discuss warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships.
Understand how relationships look different (or the same) for teens. Learn about social media platforms and how technology and social media factor into healthy and unhealthy behaviors in teen relationships.
Talk with them about dating safety.
Know the Resources
RESPECTfully is a Massachusetts campaign with resources, videos, and tools to help teens establish healthy relationships and adults who want to support the young people in their lives.
The Say Something Youth Initiative offers programming at Easthampton High School with opportunities for students to take leadership roles in shaping their school community and find resources if they need help.
The Healthy Relationships Team
The Say Something Youth Initiative is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and continues the work started in 2019 with the launch of RESPECTfully, the state’s first prevention and awareness campaign in more than 20 years to promote positive, supportive relationships among youth in the Commonwealth.
Through a partnership between Safe Passage, Community Action’s Workforce Development and Youth Programs, and the Easthampton High School Diversity and Inclusion Center, students at Easthampton High School will learn skills to notice, prevent, and safely intervene when they see behaviors that contribute to violence.