Part One -Awareness We know that education is key, we need to understand the dynamics
of victimization, and let go of the stigmas that
keep us from supporting those that are hurting. Young men and women need to understand that violence is never part of caring for someone. We will be doing a three part series to help educate, promote action and support social change.
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Part Two-Action Action doesn’t have to be
this GREAT BiG thing that you do, it can be little things that you do in your everyday life that can make a big difference. Violence prevention must mirror the problem of violence. In the same way that violence is a collection of individual choices to do harm, we can make an army of individual choices to step in, to intervene, to say “no.” Right now, our culture supports violence. We can change our culture to one where violence is not tolerated and everyone is doing their part to promote a culture that supports safety for all. Here’s some things you can start doing now…
• Talk to a friend or family member about interpersonal violence. • Support your local organizations that work on issues related to violence prevention with your time, money or voice. • Get more training on power-based personal violence and let people around you know that you are a safe person to talk to about violence • Attend a Green Dot Training in the community.
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Part Three-Social Change Positive social change results in the improvement of human and social conditions and in the betterment of society. Such change can occur at many levels, including individuals, families, communities, organizations, and governments. Positive social change is driven by ideas and actions with real-world implications. Well known examples of such change have resulted from social movements in civil rights, women's rights, and LBGTQ rights, to name just a few. Relationships have changed, institutions have changed, and norms have changed as a result of these social change movements. A strengths-based approach is not blind optimism or looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. We don’t ignore problems, or pretend they don’t exist, but see them within a broader context. Change is dependent on using available strengths and resources. We make a conscious decision to focus on the CPR of strengths:C – competencies, capacities, courage, creativity and character P – promise, positive expectations, purpose, possibility and potential R – resources, resilience, relationships, resolve, and reserves.