It’s Not “THE Talk,” It’s an Ongoing Conversation: Talking with Youth about Friendships and Relationships

Please join the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 3pm for a conversation with Molly Pistrang-Gomes from the REACH Beyond Domestic Violence’s Prevention Team. REACH will talk about how to engage youth in age-appropriate discussions about relationships. During the workshop, Molly will define relationships broadly. Young people interact with friends, family members, teachers, classmates, teammates, dating partners, coworkers, people online, etc. How can we support them as they navigate those relationships?

In this conversation, we will explore the importance of discussing and modeling boundaries, holding each other accountable with compassion, combatting gender norms and stereotypes, and practicing healthy communication. As adults, we have the power to create spaces where young people are seen, heard, and respected.

Molly Pistrang-Gomes, M. Ed. (she/her) has been the Youth Education Specialist for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence since 2017. In her role at REACH, she works with middle and high school communities to build their capacity to foster healthy relationships and prevent intimate partner violence. This includes providing teacher trainings, individual consultation, curriculum support, parent and community events, class room workshops for youth, and student club advising.

Her work uses a trauma informed lens to build social emotional skills, teach dynamics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships, disrupt systems of power and oppression, and model support and accountability.

We encourage everyone to join us on November 9, 2021. at 3:00 PM to participate in this important conversation- the start of many we hope you will have with the young people in your lives. To receive a link to the program, please go to the Roundtable’s  website at www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org to register for the program. Please email infodvrt@gmail.com with questions.

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