Start Strong: Lessons learned from a four-year initiative to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • 11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships was a four-year, $18 million initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with Blue Shield of California Foundation to target 11- to- 14-year-olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. 11 diverse communities across the United States utilized a variety of collaborative strategies to engage youth, parents and other influencers in the effort to foster healthy relationship skills in young teens. Hear about lessons learned from the Start Strong experience.

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Host: David Lee, CALCASA, PreventConnect


  • Debbie Lee, Senior Vice President, Futures Without Violence
  • Lisa Sohn, Program Director, Futures Without Violence
  • Nancy Carroll, Former Start Strong Wichita Project Director
  • Paige Nelson, YouthINC Director, Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (Former Start Strong Bridgeport Project Director)

Cost: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss strategies to help teens build healthy relationships utilizing Start Strong’s approach to teen dating violence prevention: engaging school personnel, parents and students; and affecting community-wide social norms change.
  • Discuss lessons learned in creating healthy schools, including the role of in-school curriculum; importance of a model school policy and positive school climate.
  • Identify key components of a model school prevention policy that addresses teen dating violence and healthy relationship promotion.
    Describe new data on dating violence behaviors and attitudes among middle school students.