Our amazing National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) got together last week for our annual retreat in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina!
The incredible NYAB members came in from all over the country to learn how to teach everyone back home about healthy relationships.
"It's really really inspiring to see people doing what I'm doing because that means there's more people out there," said Chandler Lewis, one of our new NYAB members.
Here are just some of the highlights from the retreat. In just a few days, we:
- Learned how to conduct a single-session workshop, host an outreach event and take action online
- Sent 45 messages of hope in five minutes to dating abuse survivors as part of the #VoicesHavePower campaign going on right now. Every time you send out a social media message of support with #VoicesHavePower, Verizon will donate $3 to help end dating abuse!
- Bonded over team building activities like rock climbing and capture the flag
- Created healthy-relationship themed PSAs and performed skits about the true meaning of love at the campfire
"I'm normally not very outgoing but I feel like I've known the rest of the board forever,” said Jimmy James, another new NYAB member. “I think it's because we are all passionate and working towards the same cause.”
We had a great time! Join in the action by checking out the winning PSA from the retreat below:
Special thanks to the Avon Foundation for sponsoring the NYAB and making this amazing week happen!
A terrible thing has happened. You found out your partner cheated on you. What happens now?
For some people, cheating means an automatic break-up. But others may still have feelings for their partner, and depending on the circumstances they may want to try and keep the relationship going. A lot of people who contact us ask: how do I build trust again after my partner cheats?
where r u?
who u with?
y havent u txtd me back??
Do those texts sound familiar? When you’re in a relationship with someone, it’s natural to want to spend as much time with them as possible. Checking in with your partner – whether it’s to see how their day went, or to confirm that date for Friday night – can be one way to let them know you’re thinking of them. But checking in becomes checking up if it’s driven by insecurity or jealousy. Attempting to control a person by checking up on them is unhealthy behavior that can quickly become abusive.
How can you be sure that your partner is checking in and not checking up? Start by asking yourself these questions: