FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327 - or - Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com
IYANA MOORE 301-446-3313 - or – Iyana.Moore@pgparks.com
2019 Teen Dating Violence Summit: No Excuse For Dating Abuse
Riverdale, MD – Join the Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Department of Family Services and with the assistance of Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, States Attorney’s Office, in a national effort to protect and educate young people about dating violence. For the last six years, the Teen Dating Violence Summit has brought valuable information and resources to teenagers in Prince George’s County.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It's a national effort carried on by activists, community leaders, and national and local organizations, to raise awareness about dating abuse, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating abuse among young people. According to breakthecycle.org, one in three teenagers reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or physically hurt by their partner.
During the 2019 ‘No Excuse for Dating Abuse’ Summit, teens will have a panel discussion with courageous conversations confronting issues of dating violence head-on and calling on the community for support and action. Additionally, there will be a visual arts and poetry contest, interactive visual arts expressions, refreshments, giveaways, and a live band with special guest Emcee Deja Perez!
WHAT: 2019 Teen Dating Violence Summit: No Excuse for Dating Abuse
WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6 PM – 9 PM
WHERE: Camelot by Martin’s, 13901 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
AUDIENCE: Ages 11-21
Refreshments are available from 6 - 7 PM only. Transportation will be provided from Kentland Community Center (CC); Bowie CC; Oakcrest CC; Deerfield Run CC; Suitland CC; Lake Arbor CC; Westphalia CC; and, Good Luck CC.