Good News from Grantees - Empowerhouse Film Project
June 18, 2018
Be Real - Foundation's Women and Girls Fund Grant Supports Healthy Teen Relationships
With a grant from The Community Foundation's Women and Girls Fund, Empowerhouse set out to create a youth-focused film that adult facilitators can use to share information about teen dating violence and cyber-bullying. The film helps teens recognize and understand the hidden and complicated facets of emotional abuse.
Between February and June, 1,957 students in 65 classrooms have had the chance to see the new film. Overall, teens have responded with enthusiasm, laughter, and an overwhelming agreement that the scenarios that occur throughout the production are fairly common in teen relationships. Despite the relatability of the scenarios, teens are learning that such situations can be incredibly unhealthy. Empowerhouse supports the teens' film experience with activities, visuals, and discussions with small groups and the entire classroom.
During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, the video and other materials were shared broadly on Empowerhouse's social media pages to bring awareness to teen exposure to unhealthy relationships.
Empowerhouse is also sharing the new film with adult audiences at locations like community trainings for people who work with youth and through public screenings at area libraries.
The new film can be viewed on Empowerhouse's webpage for teen audiences. Along with the video link, the webpage features multiple resources for teens, parents, and teen advocates alike. One of these resources is a a comprehensive parent guide with statistics, basic information, and talking points to initiate conversations with teens about relationships. The guide, which was also supported by the Women and Girls Fund can be downloaded off the website.