YNet battling teen dating violence

YNet Executive Committee members Isabelle Madoff, at left, and Grace DiChristina at a 2013 community outreach event on Greenwich Avenue.

YNet Executive Committee members Isabelle Madoff, at left, and Grace DiChristina at a 2013 community outreach event on Greenwich Avenue.

Teen dating violence is problematic around the country but the YWCA of Greenwich is seeking to combat it in town with a  $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls for the YNet High School Education Program.

“This grant will permit us to continue our program that trains volunteers to recognize teen dating violence,”  said Adrianne Singer, president and CEO of the YWCA. “Over the past 18 years, the YWCA/ Greenwich High School YNet leadership program has trained over 500 high school volunteers who have educated thousands of high school students. The YWCA very much appreciates the Fairfield County Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls for honoring us once again with a generous grant and for recognizing the continuing importance of our YNet Program for teens.”

YNet’s mission is to reduce dating violence among teens in Greenwich and establish youth-led social change as a vehicle to increase youth participation in the government and in the community. The YNet students have designed and implemented a dating violence campaign that educates peers and adults about the effects of dating violence on emotional, social, physical and academic health. Campaign tools include grant making and fund-raising such as the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament that took place in June and public awareness activities and social change initiatives, such as adding dating violence prevention to health class curricula. The YWCA is the only agency licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide domestic violence services in Greenwich.

The Fund for Women and Girls was established in 1998 by the Fairfield County Community Foundation. It is a permanent endowment that identifies and addresses needs of women and girls in Fairfield County. The fund also educates women about philanthropy and engages them in creating social change through collective, targeted giving.

Teens in Greenwich who are interested in being a part of YNet activities can contact Yajaira Gonzalez at YWCA Greenwich at 203-869-6501, ext.170 or go to Facebook and search YNet Greenwich.

For information about the YWCA Greenwich’s Domestic Abuse Services, call 203-869-6501, ext. 171. The 24-hour hotline phone number is 203-622-0003.

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