Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)
Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a program designed to engage teens in addressing issues of dating violence through leadership development, community organizing, and awareness building. The mission of YEP is to provide a space for teens to talk about issues pertaining to the realities of being a young adult in today’s world. The goal of the program is to empower teens to become advocates on issues of dating violence and domestic violence within their respective communities and to become agents of change.
YEP educates Asian/Asian American youth about the impact of domestic violence for teens and within our communities. Throughout this program, teen leaders will learn about dating violence, healthy relationships, violence prevention, community engagement, Asian American history and identity, stereotypes, and “isms.” Participants of the program will gain new skills in communication, peer leadership, community outreach, networking, advocacy, conflict resolution, and a strong knowledge of how to form healthy relationships.
We teach youth strategies to help an abused friend, including safety planning, offering resources, and using validating communication. The Youth Empowerment Project allows ATASK staff to mentor youth to become domestic violence educators and advocates in their communities and among their peers through leadership development, peer education, and self-esteem building. Youth are always encouraged to use their creativity and life experiences to develop education and awareness initiatives for Asian/Asian American communities and other youth populations.
To request a teen dating violence workshop for schools and youth programs, or for information about the Youth Empowerment Project, please contact:
Youth Education Coordinator
PSA #1 (click here for discussion guide)
Employment Opportunity: Youth Community Leader