Summer is rapidly drawing to a close- but before it does, here's a quick look back at our Youth Against Violence Summer program and the amazing youth who are making a change in their own lives and their school communities.
Over the Summer, youth from across Contra Costa County participated in our 32nd YAV Summer program. The YAV team learned about the roots of interpersonal and dating violence and ways in which they can interrupt the systemic and interpersonal cycles of violence and become leaders in their schools and communities.
Highlights from this year's YAV program include visiting Domestic Violence shelters the Bay Area Region, touring The Women's Building in San Francisco, and spending a day at the State Capital meeting with our CPEDV partners and learning about the legislation that impacts our work and the field.
One of the YAV leader's favorite activities was spending a day at STAND!'s emergency shelter and transitional housing complex, where the youth spent time decorating cookies and making dog treats for the families who are receiving services.
After a packed Summer full of learning, deep discourse, and educational field trips, the YAV leaders celebrated their hard work with a fun-filled day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom before school resumes.