Engaging youth and teens is a cornerstone of prevention work. Young Hearts Matter promotes and supports the work of young leaders alongside adult allies in creating a state where healthy relationships are the norm. Access resources for youth, school officials, community organizations, and many more, and download our signature YHM toolkit.
Join our Young Hearts Matter Youth Leadership Board! Young people in Texas between the ages of 15 – 19 encourage to apply today! Apply here.
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Young Hearts Matter Toolkit
Young Hearts Matter promotes and supports the work of young leaders alongside adult allies in creating a state where healthy relationships are the norm. Download the toolkit below and find ways to get involved for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February.
Resources for Teens & Young People |
Creative Action for Equality | is a youth engagement project in Texas. Inspire change by making art, teaching others, and paving the way to a world where no one is ever hurt by someone they love.
Love Is Respect | is a free confidential helpline, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for teens and young people who have questions or concerns about their relationship.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline | is available 24 hours a day for support, resources, and more.
RAINN | offers confidential support for sexual assault survivors, 24 hours a day.
The Trevor Project | is a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline | is a free and confidential line offering support to those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
That’s Not Cool |is an interactive resource which provides information about digital boundaries and healthy online communication.
Resources for Parents & Caregivers |
The Be Project | a prevention program from The Family Place in Dallas; includes links and information for parents concerned about teen dating abuse.
Hand in Hand Parenting | this training organization gives parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges.
AHA! Parenting | provides resources for children at any age by Dr. Laura Markham, a trained Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University.
Empowering Parents | offers parents resources and articles that surround many parenting issues, and specifically address bullying.
Love is Not Abuse | is a handbook for parents that provides conversation starts and tips on talking to the teens in your life about healthy relationships and abuse.
2019 Young Hearts Matter Award Winners
Young Hearts Matter is a Texas campaign that works to prevent dating abuse and support young people and adult allies who are working for change. Young Hearts Matter is celebrated during the month of February with awards given to an Activist and Advocate of the year, as well as a Texas Partner for Change.
This year the Young Hearts Matter Activist of the Year award was presented to Isaiah Rogers for his work with Creative Action and SAFE. The Advocate of the Year recognizes Ellie Truan and her work with the Comal County Crisis Center.
Read more about the awards and this year’s recipients in The River.