Youth & Teens
Families that come to Next Door have been exposed to domestic violence and its detrimental effects. The likelihood of this cycle continuing is very high. To end the cycle of domestic violence, early intervention & prevention work is especially important with children and teens that have grown up in abusive environments. It is also very important to raise awareness in the community and engage youth in prevention work even if they have not experienced domestic violence in their life. The Family Support Services department offers the following programs to address these needs:
- Kids Club at Next Door Solutions’ Community Office
While mothers are attending our support groups their children are able to participate in our Kids Club program. This group is for children ages 4 to 17, who have been exposed to domestic violence. Kids Club helps children increase their emotional resiliency, develop non-violent conflict resolutions skills, cultivate safety, and provide assets that will help them avoid future risks all through art workshops. Kids Club utilizes an art based curriculum called A Window Between Worlds that was designed specifically for survivors of domestic violence, both adults and children. For more information about A Window Between Worlds please visit www.awbw.org. For more information on Kids Club, please call (408) 501-7550.
- Be Strong! Teen Programs
Next Door Solutions provides weekly support groups for teenage young women exposed to domestic violence, dating violence, and/or at risk of developing abusive relationships at two East Side Union High Schools. These groups focus on empowerment for the young women to make healthy decisions for themselves.
- Proud Of Wanting Equal Relationships (POWER) Youth Leadership Program
POWER is a youth leadership program at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. POWER is an eleven-month PAID program beginning in the summer for local high school students. The program focuses on providing youth with the tools needed to become agents of change around the public health issue of Gender Based Violence.
As a POWER leader, teens will be a part of an inspiring and innovative youth led social justice program that develops campaigns on their school campuses. POWER leaders can look forward to experiencing these opportunities:
- Training with experts in the field of domestic violence and youth activism working to better the world.
- Exploring possible solutions to Gender Based Violence with peers and developing campaigns to address the issue.
- Gaining leadership experience.
- Building relationships with a diverse group of teens.
- Gaining invaluable work experience.
For more information on the Teen program, please email or call Crystal Talitonu-Naea at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408.501.7566. You can watch a short video made by our current POWER team team to get an idea of what the program is from actual participants here.