June 20th, 2012
Safe Homes set to host teen summer academy
NEWBURGH - Safe Homes of Orange County will be hosting a Summer Leadership Academy for teens, ages 14-17, who have demonstrated good leadership skills in their school or community.
Funded by the Orange County Youth Bureau, and facilitated by Safe Homes’ Teen-Dating Violence Prevention Program, the week-long academy - July 9-13; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - will offer teens the opportunity to exercise and enhance proven leadership skills while gaining new knowledge on topics surrounding dating violence, and the elements of healthy relationships.
Teen participants will help formulate and develop new methods and strategies to take the message of non-violence to their school community. Schools will benefit from their students’ attendance of the academy, when they return in the Fall and begin to transfer their training to promote respect and non-violence among their peers, and into their own relationships. With the help of Safe Homes’ trained advocates, teen participants can become extremely helpful agents of social change in their own homes, schools and neighborhoods.
To be held at Safe Homes’ main office at 280 Broadway in Newburgh, the academy is free of charge and will accommodate 15 qualified students.
Participants who complete the program will receive a $25 stipend that can be used to offset transportation costs. More information and a qualifying application are available on the agency’s website at www.safehomesorangecounty.org or by calling 845-562-5365, ext. 101.
Safe Homes of Orange County works toward the elimination of domestic violence by offering comprehensive support services to survivors of domestic violence and increasing public awareness through education and prevention programs.