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For immediate release: February 2, 2021
Contact: Sandra Wellhausen
(619) 507-2077
swellhausen@sdyouthservices.org

Nonprofits Come Together to Teach Families and Children About Healthy Relationships Through Family Date Night 2021

Virtual Workshops to Take Place During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

San Diego, CA (Feb. 1, 2021) – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Teen dating violence is more common than people may think, but it is preventable. Studies show that millions of teens in the United States are affected by either physical or sexual violence each year that is perpetrated by someone they are dating.

San Diego Youth Services has partnered with other San Diego nonprofit organizations during the month of February to promote healthy relationships and increase awareness of teen dating violence through the Third Annual Family Date Night 2021 event from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4.

“Dating violence can occur as early as the teen years, which often creates problems in later relationships, including violence and victimization,” said Jessica Chapman, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Manager, San Diego Youth Services. “Through our workshops, we support the development of healthy and respectful relationships to reduce teen dating violence and promote positive youth development.”

San Diego Youth Services and its nonprofit partners, including Planned Parenthood and San Ysidro Health, will host activities to educate families and youth about healthy relationships and will teach them how to recognize unsafe or toxic relationships. Each evening will include age-appropriate workshops led by one of the participating organizations. Activities include a story hour, a virtual scavenger hunt, a healthy relationship chat for teens and a workshop for parents in both English and Spanish.

This year's virtual event is brought to you by O'Farrell Charter School, County of San Diego HHSA and Live Well San Diego, San Ysidro Health, Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, SAY San Diego, San Diego Youth Services, Jewish Family Services and the Center for Community Solutions.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/view/familydatenight/home

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San Diego Youth Services empowers youth to reach their highest potential. The non-profit organization has improved the lives of more than 770,000 homeless, runaway and other vulnerable youth. Founded in 1970, SDYS now provides services to more than 28,000 youth at 100+ community locations annually. Learn more at sdyouthservices.org.