BTS is battling domestic violence before it begins. On an annual basis, our Guide to Healthy Relationships will impact the lives of more than 200,000 high school students who are at the greatest risk of engaging in unhealthy intimate partner relationships.
The Guide to Healthy Relationships is an engaging set of presentations hosted in San Diego as a piece of an even greater project, the first ever educational documentary designed to educate audiences about the dangers of domestic violence. Our music-infused presentations combined with “shock factor” speakers give audiences a jolting performance that will resonate with them for a lifetime. This social experience is the fundamental element in preventing abuse and decreasing the deadly statistic of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men who fall victim to abuse each day. Through this Guide, over 200,000 students will have the opportunity to receive quality education with a modern and relevant message.
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of partner violence – almost triple the national average. Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The severity of partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern was established in adolescence. Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse. The statistics are staggering and the core purpose of this program is to create a sustainable and timeless educational experience that can be used for decades. Proper evaluation will consist of surveys, teacher testimonials, as well as follow-up with academic leadership to review the culture of the campus following our presentations. The most notable means of evaluating the success of the program will entirely be based on reach, downloads, and interaction with the viewers following their participation. The Guide will provide education for past, present and unidentified abusers to become more familiarized and educated about unhealthy and abusive relationships. Through our educational platform, men and women will now have the ability to test their behavioral patterns alongside our Guide to Healthy Relationships and gain valuable tips on how to break the cycle. ‘The Guide’ will decrease stigma surrounding the silence of abuse permeating in homes, schools and workplaces nationwide by encouraging communities to break the silence against domestic violence. Furthermore, our goal is to unite people worldwide to increase awareness about domestic violence, resources and providing community support.
- Put domestic violence survivor – advocates in classrooms across the country to engage and educate young people.
- Translate the painful experiences of survivors into a life-saving message: “You don’t have to live like I did.”
- Help students understand the following: they are in the highest risk age range of 16-24; domestic violence is a matter of life and death; and they have an opportunity now to make wise choices and avoid a life of domestic violence.
- Provide an opportunity for students to experience a powerful peer-to-peer conversation, rather than a potentially less effective adult instructor-to-student model.
- Equip students to make good decisions and to understand how they can influence their peers to do the same.
- Help break the devastating cycle and ripple effect of domestic violence.
You can help make this possible, by becoming our Guide to Healthy Relationships Sponsor. We encourage businesses who are committed to providing quality education to students to join us in this ground breaking program.