|A Roundup of MOST Club Community Strength Projects|
Our MOST Clubs around the country carried out some great Community Strength Projects to end the 2011-2012 school year. Check them out:
Check out this great public service announcement on street harassment from our Delaware MOST Club. The PSA gives examples of street harassment and offers a positive counterstory for teens communicating with each other on the street. The PSA was created, written, directed, and acted by high school MOST Club members and their friends. This PSA really shows how creative and passionate our MOST Club members are about preventing gender-based violence and creating a positive environment for all people in their school and on the street. Great job Delaware MOST Club!
At Mott Hall V School in New York City, the MOST Club made shirts for Valentine's Day that highlighted statements that can be said in an abusive relationship. They sold the shirts to staff and used the money to purchase flowers. They also created a short presentation with stats about teen relationship violence. When they visited the rooms, they gave carnation flowers to ALL of the girls in their school. MOST Club Mentor Jason Fuscaldo said, "It was inspiring to see the pride the young men had as they presented the flowers and to see the smiles the girls had on their faces."
Finally, MOST Club members from schools across Washington, DC participated in an important research project on teen dating violence. The Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence, in collaboration with Concept Systems, Inc. (CSI), is conducting research to better understand how youth conceptualize healthy and unhealthy dating relationships. A recent review of the teen dating violence research indicated that youth are rarely involved in research, and this project is an effort to understand the views of youth, as well as how they might be similar to or different from the views of adults. MOST Club members provided important data and feedback for the project and served the field of primary prevention of gender-based violence in a crucial way.