Next Door Teen Program Seeks Mentor
Next Door believes that all youth have an inalienable right to safety, to live in peace and not have to contend with violence in their day-to-day lives and relationships. Did you know that Teen Dating Violence increases risk of illicit drug and alcohol use, suicide, and unintended pregnancy? Teens can also develop patterns of victimization that increase their risk of PTSD, clinical depression, and anxiety, which can lead to other negative health behaviors. In response, Next Door is implementing the first year of its Teen Power (Proud OF Wanting Equal Relationships) Program. Working with eight local teens, Next Door seeks to address Teen Dating Violence through two major youth-led, multi-year outreach and education campaigns that support the notion that Teen Dating Violence is unacceptable, avoidable, and preventable.
To do this, however, we need mentors to guide the young men and women in the POWER Program during the development and execution of these outreach and education campaigns. The teens will implement one social media and one sport-team outreach and education campaign and so we seek experts in the following fields to act as mentors:
- Social Media
- Marketing and Communications
- Public Relations
- Video / Film making
- Community Organizing into the list of fields
Mentors would be asked to commit twelve to fifteen hours of their time from September through April each year, which include the following:
Three evening meetings, during which mentors will present information on various aspects of implementing social media and/or sport-team outreach campaigns
- Three one-hour sit down meetings with the POWER teams to discuss development and implementation in a more detailed manner
- Less formal, on-call guidance and availability for troubleshooting and questions
Thank you so much for your interest in helping youth engage their peers in their effort to stop the violence before it starts. We recognize that your time is very valuable and so are grateful for your consideration of this volunteer opportunity.