My name is Tory and I am policy intern at Break the Cycle.
Even though I just started working in January, I have already worked on a lot of interesting stuff ranging from writing opinion editorials for political blogs to organizing grass roots campaigns on college campuses.
While I have worked on several interesting projects, the work I have done for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month this February have been my favorite!
On the first day of February, I went to the Congress buildings alongside another intern, Stevie, to start creating awareness on Capitol Hill. We spoke to every member of Congress about teenDVmonth, gave them fliers to educate themselves and staff about the scope of the issue and even gave them pins to wear so they could show their support all month long.
Talking to members of the congressional offices was such a rewarding experience because I actually felt like I was creating change. This inspired me to get more involved and talk to people about teenDVmonth at the grass roots level.
That next week, I organized an Instagram campaign on my campus at Georgetown University to spread awareness about the Violence Against Women Act, which has programs that designate direct services to teens and fund High School programs and prevention education.
Over the course of the day, we compiled over 200 pictures of student and teacher supporters of the bill, which we are using to tweet several members of congress.
As we wait for the House of Representatives to make progress on the reauthorization of VAWA, I hope to use these pictures to further the online visibility and display of widespread support for this bill using social media.
Stay tuned the next couple weeks for updates about my progress!
In the meantime, if you have any exciting ideas about how to educate others or spread awareness about the issue of teen dating violence, share them!
Get involved, start a conversation, and start a revolution!