Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

2024 Community Sponsorships

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) takes place every February. This is an issue that impacts everyone - not just teens - but their parents, teachers, friends, and communities. To address the issue of teen dating violence together, Fact Forward is sponsoring organizations committed to hosting an event that promotes safe, healthy relationships.

  • Application Due: December 8, 2023 
  • Applicants notified: December 15, 2023

aPPlications are now closesd. 

We will fund creative ideas that address at least (3) of the following objectives:  

  • Promote Healthy Communication Skills: Teach participants how to communicate effectively, including active listening, expressing emotions, and resolving conflicts in a constructive manner. 
  • Build Self-Esteem and Self-Respect: Help participants develop a positive self-image and self-worth, emphasizing the importance of respecting themselves and their boundaries.
  • Educate About Consent: Educate participants about the concept of consent, emphasizing that all intimate activities should be consensual and free from coercion.
  • Foster Respect for Boundaries: Teach the importance of respecting personal boundaries, both their own and those of their partners, to ensure that relationships are built on mutual respect.
  • Raise Awareness of Gender Equality: Encourage a deeper understanding of gender equality, promoting healthy relationships built on mutual respect and shared responsibilities.
  • Promote Safe Online Behavior: Educate adolescents on the potential risks of online relationships and the importance of maintaining personal safety in the digital world. 
  • Discuss Healthy Intimacy: Provide information on sexual health, contraception, and safe practices, emphasizing the importance of open communication with partners. 
  • Stress the Role of Peer Support: Encourage participants to seek support from friends and trusted adults if they experience challenges in their relationships. 
  • Identify Abuse: Help participants recognize early signs of unhealthy or abusive relationships, ensuring they know when and how to seek help. Provide information and resources on recognizing and reporting different forms of abuse, such as emotional, physical, and verbal abuse. 
  • Family and Parental Involvement: Encourage parents and guardians to be involved in the program and offer guidance and support to their adolescents in developing healthy relationships. 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Toolkit

We've created a toolkit for you to make raising awareness within your community simple. In the toolkit you'll find sample social media posts, graphics to share and a discussion guide. On top of that, you'll find the pledge you and your friends can take that shows your commitment to being a safe space for victims to confide in.