This Summer Marked Alexandra House’s Second Annual Youth Leadership Institute!
BY: Shoshana b., ALEXANDRA HOUSE Youth SERVICES ADVOCATE
Students from several Anoka County high schools received vigorous training on the topics of domestic violence, sexual violence, advocacy, and prevention strategies. They were then tasked with identifying a risk factor in their community, and addressing it. The Leadership Institute unanimously identified that their peers were unaware of the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence, and unaware of resources to help those effected by such issues.
They took over the Youth Services Instagram with their own campaign, titled SPARK- an acronym standing for Support, Prevention, Awareness, Recovery, and Knowledge- hoping to SPARK conversation around domestic and sexual violence. The campaign utilized posts and stories created by youth, for youth, and featured trivia, advice on how to help a friend impacted by violence, and addressed some of the stigmas that exist for survivors. While their campaign has wrapped up its formal takeover of the Youth Services Instagram, institute members will continue to contribute content throughout the school year, and all of their hard work can be seen @alexhousemnys.
As the school year nears, the Youth Services team is also diligently preparing for another year of providing prevention based presentations, as well as advocacy services to youth impacted by sexual, domestic, or dating violence. Youth Services Advocates spend one day a week in every public high school in Anoka County, facilitating support groups and meeting one on one with students. All services are 100% free and confidential, and aim to provide young people with coping skills, information on the impacts of trauma, an understanding of local resources and supports, and helping them create a plan for long term recovery and growth. Click here to learn more about Youth Services
If you know of a young person who may benefit from meeting with a Alexandra House Youth Services Advocate, you may contact Alexandra House directly or speak to the social worker or school counselor at that young person’s school.