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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.

Young Hearts Matter Toolkit


Each February, Texans recognize Teen Dating Awareness & Prevention Month: Young Hearts Matter.

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, personalize individual materials below with your agency’s logo, and find ways to get involved for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February. Contact us for help embedding your logo at prevention@tcfv.org

A limited supply of toolkits is distributed to schools each January.
Click Here to Request a Toolkit

Go Orange Day: 2/17/2017


Young Hearts Matter Awards

The YHM Activist of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Texas Partner for Change awards recognize individuals who inspire and lead their communities to promote healthy relationships for young hearts in Texas.

Nominate someone for the Young Hearts Matter Awards!

Young Hearts Matter Webinar

This webinar will walk participants through the updated Young Hearts Matter toolkit which includes resources, activities, and a social media campaign to promote prevention messaging year-round. Participants will also learn highlights of some of the great prevention programming happening in communities across Texas during last year’s TDVAPM.


Social Media Contest

Share February selfies, photos, posts, and events with us on social media using #OurHeartsMatter for a chance to win weekly giveaways! Entries will be collected from facebook, Instagram, and twitter. Organizations can submit on behalf on individuals participating in events. For questions, contact jmoreno@tcfv.org.

Check out the 2016 winners!


Toolkit with Activity Guide | PDF


Teen Dating Abuse Brochure | PDF



These are printable banners available in two sizes. Download below or print on vinyl or paper at your local printshop for under $100.

Know the Difference
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Reconoce la Diferencia
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Relationship Bill of Rights
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Declaración de Derechos dentro de Relaciones
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Facts and Statistics About Teen Dating
Abuse & Prevention | PDF







Sample TDVAM Mayoral Proclamation

Word Doc

Sample Prevention Letter to School Principal or Administrator

Word Doc


Youth & Teens

TCFV’s Youth and Teen Engagement Project strives to empower youth to build communities free from violence; to support family violence programs via youth arts, activism, and leadership training and to equip schools and educators to embrace a whole-school approach for making healthy relating the norm.

Creative Actions for Equality (CAFE) is Texas’ statewide youth engagement project. Do you want to get involved in ending dating abuse?  Inspire change by making art, teaching others and paving the way to a world where no one is ever controlled or hurt by someone they love. Download the entire Toolkit, which includes: • Introductory Letter from Gloria Aguilera Terry, TCFV President • Facilitators Guide (which includes release form for submissions) • Creative Actions for Equality Toolkit (CAFE) • Two TDVAPM Posters

cafe_toolkit_cvr Facilitators_Guide


loveisrespect.org – Sometimes things in a relationship can get pretty heavy. If you need to talk – call, text or chat right now with someone who’s trained to help.

The National Dating Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it’s free and confidential. You can call 1-866-331-9474 (1-866-331-8453 TTY), visit www.loveisrespect.org, or start a live chat online.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline – If you’re confused about any of the dynamics you see happening in your own life or in the lives of your friends, this confidential, anonymous hotline is available 24 hours a day.

RAINN – RAINN offers confidential support around the topic of sexual violence.

The Trevor Project – This project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

GLBT National Youth Helpline – The national talk line for GLBTQQI youth offers peer counseling by email and telephone. It’s not open 24 hours a day, so please check their website for operating hours.

That’s Not Cool – Your mobile, IM, and online accounts are all a part of you. When someone you’re with is controlling, disrespecting, or pressuring you in those spaces, that’s not cool. Go to this site so you can have your say and see what others have said.

Love is Not Abuse – This handbook is a good place to start finding solutions. It tells the story of Angela and Joe, a fictional teenage couple in a violent relationship, and the friends who care about them.

YHM Leadership Board

The Young Hearts Matter Leadership Board exists to build capacity, opportunity, and motivation for young leaders to promote healthy relationships in Texas.  It is made up of young leaders between the age of 13 and 21 from across the state who have a desire to promote healthy relationships.  Being a member of the board is a one year commitment.  During this year, the board members convene for a conference call once a month, gather in Austin twice a year for a retreat, and complete a project that they create from conception.

Applications to be a board member are accepted in the spring of every year.  This year, applications are due on March 23, 2018. 

YHM Leadership Board Member Job Description

YHM Leadership Board Member Application

Parents & Caregivers

Parents have the most influence over a young person’s life. They are poised to promote those cultural norms and beliefs that protect a family and a community from violence, and they are also the ones who can interrupt those norms and beliefs that put us at risk for violence. Please enjoy the sources parents find helpful in creating safe homes and communities.

The Be Project – The Family Place’s prevention program is called the Be Project. Their site includes links and information for parents concerned about teen dating abuse in particular.

Hand in Hand Parenting – Parenting by Connection is an approach developed by this training organization that gives parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges. Their site includes a treasure trove of articles, blogs and research related to effective parenting.

AHA! Parenting – Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University, but she’s also a mom, so she understands kids — and parents! Her site includes specific resources for children of every age.

Empowering Parents – Parents concerned with the many aspects of bullying will find substantial resources and articles at this site: anything from how to step up should a child bully others to working with schools to address the issue.

Love is Not Abuse: Handbook for Parents – This downloadable guide offers key insights for parents supporting young people as they develop an understanding of what healthy relationships can look like as they make sense of the dynamics they see played out all around them.

Love is Not Abuse: Handbook for Parents of Teens – The research is in, and it shows that young people are involved in relationships at rates far higher than their parents can imagine. Download this guide for conversation starters and tips on talking to the teens in your life about relationship health and abuse.