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RAVE (RESOURCES AGAINST VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS)
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What The Teens Are Saying
“Our RAVE instructor worked well with us and treated us like young adults, not kids.”
“RAVE helped me learn how to tell if someone might be in an abusive relationship and what to do if someone is abusive towards me.”
“RAVE helped me learn how to better control my anger and how I can get my point across with words rather than actions.”
“RAVE helped me to feel safe and let me know who I can go to if I need to talk, or need some help.”
“It’s exciting to see students think for themselves and express, question and react in healthy ways to the RAVE material.”
How RAVE Got Started
Until it was adopted by Family Futures in 1998, RAVE operated as an independent non-profit organization. Since then, it has served over 10,000 teens throughout Kent County. The program was founded in memory of Mary Murch and all victims of abuse and violence.
RAVE equips teens with the resources they need to build better relationships. And it’s working. Last year:
- 92% of participants plan on using the information provided
- 90% reported an increased awareness of the cycle of violence
- 87% reported an increased awareness of three different types of abuse
- 77% can list three nonviolent approaches to solving disagreements
RAVE is available as a for a minimum of three or maximum of nine interactive sessions. Our Defining Caring Relationships session is required. Each interactive session is one hour and can be arranged to flexibly meet your schedule.
Click on the link below to read our program description below:
Any middle/high school or youth program in Kent County can sign up a RAVE experience. Currently, as of January 2013, RAVE is unable to accept requests due to loss of funding. RAVE hopes to be back to business in the 2013-2014 school year. In the meantime, please contact Amy Bercher at the Kent County Health Department to request a Safe Dates session, similar to RAVE: email@example.com
Your financial contributions are needed now to sustain the RAVE program. $250 provides RAVE to an entire classroom of local students. Please consider investing in dating violence prevention!
Middle and high school teens rely on RAVE in order to better understand what healthy teen relationships are all about. What they learn today can impact families in Kent County for years to come. Please join our efforts and contribute to RAVE today. Your generous support will lead to an incredibly rewarding learning experience.
Volunteers are integral to building brighter futures here in Kent County. To find out more about our next training opportunity, please call (616) 454-HOPE (4673) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It takes an entire community to protect children and support families. Those helping us create a better future include:
- Kent County Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team
- The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Kent County Sexual Assault Task Force
- Kent County Health Department
- Safe Haven Ministries
- Michigan State University Extension
Our funding is provided in part by:
- United Way
- River City Foundation
- Sparta Community Foundation
- Private Donors