Building Outstanding Optimistic Successful Teens
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Too many teens think that controlling, disrespectful, or even abusive behavior is a “normal” part of a relationship. The reality is, one out of every three U.S. teens will experience some form of dating violence. Oftentimes, they are unaware of what healthy relationships might look like, or how to help themselves or others trapped in harmful relationships.
BOOST is a teen dating violence (TDV) prevention initiative of the Family Abuse Center. We educate and empower Waco-area youth to make a positive change to TDV within their communities. The BOOST Program provides specialized dating violence prevention trainings for schools, churches, and organizations free of charge.
BOOST provides teens with essential leadership and conflict resolution skills, and mobilizes them to reduce the incidence of teen dating violence in Waco. We are looking for our 2016-2017 partners. If you are a Waco-area school, organization or church with a group of youth aged 11-16,that are passionate about ending dating violence and being a leader in their community, please contact the BOOST Program Manager, Brandy Sapp, via email at Brandy.Sapp@familyabusecenter.org or call the BOOST office at 254-772-8999. Boost provides up to 8 weeks of interactive TDV seminars that are specially designed for middle school and high school aged youth. Our BOOST Program Manager and Assistant will come to your organization and educate your youth on how to become active leaders against domestic violence.
For details about future events and more information on teen dating violence and youth leadership, be sure to like BOOST on Facebook.
If you or a friend is currently experiencing dating violence, you can reach out for help by calling the national hotline at 1-866-331-9474, texting “loveis” to 22522, speaking with a peer advocate online at www.loveisrespect.org.
Click here for BOOST Recruitment Form
Interested in learning more? Check out these resources online.
What Is Dating Violence?
What Does Dating Violence Look Like?
Statistics on Dating Violence
Loveisrespect (En Español)