Speak.Act.Change Youth Advocacy Kit

By Break the Cycle

Step 4: Activate Student Leaders in Addressing the Issue

For Grades 8-12

Activate your students by giving them the tools to protect themselves and their peers from dating violence.

Speak.Act.Change uses youth activism, service-learning, and peer leadership so teens can:

  • Raise awareness about dating violence on campus and in the community.
  • Develop the next generation of anti-violence advocates.
  • Learn about leadership and other positive youth development skills.

This kit-based initiative challenges youth to create communities free from domestic and dating violence. Youth participate in:

  • Letter-writing campaigns.
  • Art-driven activism.
  • Journalistic assignments.
  • Legislative and school-based advocacy.

Speak.Act.Change engages, educates and empowers youth to become advocates for healthy relationships and promotes positive development. The benefits of this type of service-learning are extensive:

  • Youth find their voice through taking ownership of a project. They take control of their own learning, develop leadership skills and become valuable, decision-making members of their communities.
  • Participants apply their new skills and knowledge to improving their school's climate.
  • By empowering a core group of student advocates, school administrators have a "sounding board" to address important issues affecting the student body.
  • Youth who participate in service-learning programs achieve more academically, becoming more likely to complete their high school education and to attend college.

Speak.Act.Change meets the standards and best practices of the National Youth Leadership Council and Learn & Serve America.

Students ages 13 and up can follow the kit's instructions independently or in small teams. The program’s activities require minimal assistance from adults. Break the Cycle encourages educators to participate and serve as positive role models for teen participants.

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