February 16, 2016

Two People, Loving and Accepting: Entries from the Steps to a Healthy Relationship Contest

Read below for two great entries from our Steps to a Healthy Relationship Contest for #teenDVmonth. Submit your entry today! “My ideal relationship revolves around two people and the idea of complete and total acceptance. These two people love each other so much that they both cherish their time with each other, and also cherish their alone time, and their time with family and friends. These two people feel safe, full of joy, loved, and […]
February 11, 2016

Win an Amazon gift card with the Steps to a Healthy Relationship Contest!

Did you know February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month? One of the best ways to prevent teen dating violence is knowing what makes a healthy relationship. In honor of that, YLAV is excited to offer the Steps to a Healthy Relationship Contest with 10 (yes, TEN!) winners. Here’s how you participate: Like YLAV on Facebook. Take a few minutes to write and describe your ideal relationship. A few sentences, a small paragraph or two… whatever […]
February 5, 2016

True Love is Respect: My Steps To A Healthy Relationship Contest Entry

A new entry into the #teenDVmonth Steps to a Healthy Relationship contest. Good luck to all entries! My Steps To A Healthy Relationship When two people create a bond while being wholly themselves, an ideal relationship is formed. A part of each person is not lost when this mutual love is brought into existence, rather a system of support, care, and respect is created to cherish individuality. This idea of individuality is crucial to a healthy […]
February 5, 2016

The Hidden Costs of Gun Violence

I don’t remember where I was when I heard about the September 11th attacks. I was just four years old at the time, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t recall a time when I didn’t know about the day that plunged my country into an era of perennial fear. People my age remember September 11th not as a transformative event which radically changed American politics and society, but as an indicator of […]
January 5, 2016

Cultural Appropriation

Cultural appropriation goes beyond being used for art. It’s the adoption of elements from an oppressed cultural group to be used for amusement of a more privileged group. That includes spirituality, style, fashion, speech, and attitudes. Like in the fashion industry, models are constantly seen wearing du-rags but instead they are called urban head wraps, white models are also slicking down their “baby hairs” to resemble edges. We see people like  Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry, and […]
December 11, 2015

The Truth

I am a lesbian and No it’s not a phase No I never liked him No I didn’t “turn” gay No it’s not because of the school I go to No it’s not because I want attention No it’s not because I haven’t met the right guy No it’s not because I’m experimenting No it’s not because it’s what the “cool kids” are doing No it’s not because I want to be different No it’s […]
December 5, 2015

Sexism and School Dress Codes

In regards to the implementation of dress codes in schools, I see it negatively affecting women by openly or covertly sending the message to young girls that their manner of dress is responsible for the actions of others. However, it is not a lack of female modesty, but a sense of male entitlement that leads to sexual violence. The idea that a woman can change a man’s behavior by changing her clothes is disconcerting and […]
October 20, 2015

October 21 is Unity Day!

City High School is having it’s first Unity Day event tomorrow. Everyone WEAR ORANGE!
September 23, 2015

So much to say, so little time. Where to start! This is so exciting!  
September 10, 2015

Youth Leaders Against Violence has a New Website!

Finally here it is! This has been a long time coming! We are hoping to use this website to communicate to our youth leaders about what is going on with the group, strategies to use to help victims and reach others in need. Thank you for your support!