LAFAYETTE, NJ - Teenagers throughout Sussex County joined Pass It Along and DASI Thursday evening for A Healthy Relationships Workshop and Meme Contest, in light of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Audience members participated in an interactive workshop led by Kailey Denzer-Weiler and Sierra Agens, Education Coordinators for DASI. The workshop guided teens through warning signs of an unhealthy relationship through videos and various graphics, as well as qualities of a healthy relationship. One exercise allowed teenagers to listen to popular music relating to relationships, and identify whether or not the song indented a healthy or unhealthy relationship.

Sydney Hill, a junior at High Point Regional High School, attended the event:

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“As a teenager I feel like having this education is crucial to prevent future violence and abuse. I feel as if I have a comprehensive grasp of relationship interactions and this seminar really educated me on how to interact in the future.”

Following the event, Pass It Along and DASI challenged the teenagers to create memes relating to the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships. They can submit them through social media platforms to have them featured. Prize options are available to the top submission.

DASI plans to present the Healthy Relationships Workshop to Sussex County Technical School this upcoming week. DASI will also be on campus at Sussex County Community College next week deconstructing media and advertisements to provide students with media literacy skills. In addition, they will also be ramping up the competition by playing Relationship Feud, where the students will be tested on their knowledge of interpersonal violence and healthy relationships.

About Pass It Along

Pass It Along is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Sparta, N.J. Pass It Along's mission is to build confident, resilient, compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteer and leadership opportunities. By participating in the Pass It Along program, teenagers gain a strong sense of self, learn about the positive effects of helping others and are equipped to avoid risky behaviors. For more information and to view all of our programs we have to offer, please visit www.passitalong.org.

About D.A.S.I.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) believes that all forms of violence and abuse are intolerable, and that social change is necessary to end interpersonal violence.

DASI’s mission is to foster mutual respect and healthy relationships by providing comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families, community education, prevention programs, and advocacy.

 

DASI offers safety, hope, and options for individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence, and for the community at large.