Start Talking in New Mexico

Start Talking in New Mexico

We got the Southwest to Start Talking!

Last week, our loveisrespect team headed out to New Mexico to host a series of Start Talking events for young people and adults.

Between community resource fairs, adult conference workshops and Start Talking trainings for both young people and adults, all the events helped promote the Start Talking curriculum and how it helps students, parents, educators and beyond.

With five events in four days, we did so much that we can only share the highlights:

  • Tribal students showcased their Start Talking art projects including pottery and native dance at the Envision New Mexico community resource fair
  • We inspired around 100 adults, including educators, nurses and community service providers, to Start Talking at the Head to Toe Conference
  • Young people and adults at Santa Fe Community College learned how they can make a difference and got the resources to do it
  • Students loved our “healthy relationship game show” at the Los Lunas Community Resource Fair, hosted in partnerships with the New Mexico GRADS program
  • Adults and youth benefited from our mini-institute thanks to the help of the New Mexico for Youth in Community

Everywhere we went in New Mexico, everyone young and old alike we were ready to Start Talking. We discussed what makes relationships healthy, unhealthy or abusive and how the media can be used as a way to get the conversation going.

“It was inspiring for me to see how many members of the community came together to make a difference,” said Jasmine Ceja, National Youth Organizing Manager. “With youth, parents, teachers and service providers, you could feel how important it was for them to receive information and be a part of change in their communities. It was nice to see cohesiveness across the state no matter what city we were in.”

Live in Oklahoma? Get ready to see and show off the Start Talking program in action when we head out there the first week in June. Stay tuned for more details!

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