What We Do
Our approach is simple. We raise awareness to the issues of Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence through active volunteerism in our community and nationwide. We strongly believe that through education and action we will be able to increase the prevention of abuse while bringing awareness to these issues as well as Emotional and Verbal Abuse - Subjects often left undiscussed.
START TALKING IN SCHOOLS
Utilizing the Start Talking curriculum with Mecklenburg County CSS, we speak in area high schools and middle schools providing education in health classes on healthy and unhealthy relationships. The curriculum is interactive and challenges students to engage in discussions. At the end of our sessions, students will know the warning signs of Teen Dating Violence, how to make healthy decisions, and where to find help for themselves or a friend.
EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS AT SHELTERS
Through creating a reading and empowerment program, Word in Action, we have been able to provide reading books, school supplies, and tutoring to children housed in a domestic violence safety shelter. With weekly visits, our goal is simply to provide love and attention to kids through various activies like arts and crafts, playing sports outside, and reading to children while their moms attend counseling or simply have some alone time. We also provide brand new toys to the children as they often have little to no personal belongings.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL ADVOCACY
As a member of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Committee of Mecklenburg County, we work with several agencies in order to provide education and awareness to our community. Our co-founder, Natasha, is a National Ambassador for the Love is Not Abuse Coalition with Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24.
With One Word also serves on the Art with Heart Committee and is allied with the NO MORE campaign.