Teen dating abuse workshops planned for teens and parents

BAR HARBOR — The YWCA of Mount Desert Island and the Jesup Memorial Library will host a pair of workshops for parents and teens on the topic of teen dating abuse on Tuesday, March 24, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend “Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens” at the YWCA. Teens are invited to attend “Yes & Know: Boundaries and Communication for Healthy Relationships” at the Jesup.

In 60 minutes, participants will learn how easily and often dating abuse happens, how to recognize the warning signs and – perhaps most importantly – how to have potentially life-saving conversations with teens. For the last 30 minutes of the events, participants will gather as a group to learn what resources are available at the library and locally.

Adults, think about the teens in your lives. Perhaps you are a parent of a teen or pre-teen, or have nephews or nieces. Maybe you coach or volunteer in a youth group. Maybe you are a Sunday school teacher or have close friends with children. Regardless of how teens may be a part of your life, we all have a role to play in keeping them safe.

Teens, how do you know if you are in a healthy relationship? How effective are you at communicating how you feel? We all need to learn how to set boundaries and build healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are based on respect, equality, trust, support and love. In a healthy relationship, both partners feel strong, are able to communicate honestly, pursue their own interests and are willing to negotiate and compromise.

To learn more about this program, go to JWI.org and check out Healthy Relationships.

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