$15,000 Verizon Grant to Fund Teen Dating Violence Prevention Efforts in Shelby
The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council Plans Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Activities Aided by Verizon Foundation Donation.
SHELBY, N.C.—The Verizon Foundation has donated $15,000 to the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council for teen dating violence prevention initiatives. The nonprofit’s programs will kick off in February, the month nationally designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
“Studies have found 30-50 percent of teen relationships are abusive in some aspect, with physical aggression occurring in one third of teen romantic relationships,” said Cathy Robertson, executive director of Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council. “We appreciate the Verizon Foundation and its generous grant that allows us to continue the work of protecting teens through preventative education on dating violence and healthy relationships. These funds will help us engage teens and work with teachers, counselors, youth leaders and parents in our community.”
“The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council’s programs positively impact the lives of teens, and we are thrilled to partner with them to make a difference in Shelby,” said Julie Smith, vice president of external affairs for Verizon’s South Area. “The Verizon Foundation invests in organizations that effectively educate and raise awareness of relationship violence issues, and our goal is to fund efforts that prevent the cycle of abuse from continuing.”
The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council offers presentations on healthy relationships, relationship “red flags” and resources for getting help. The nonprofit can customize programs to fit various environments at schools, clubs or other youth organizations.
For more information on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month activities in Shelby, visit APCouncil.wordpress.com.
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About Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council
The Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council provides 24 hour, seven day a week crisis line services, shelter, court advocacy, Crisis Companion, case management, and individual and group counseling services for victims of domestic violence, rape or sexual assault; and shelter, case management and supportive housing for homeless women and children. For more information, visit www.apcouncil.wordpress.com.
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information about Verizon’s philanthropic work, visit http://www.verizonfoundation.org ; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on Facebook (www.facebook.com/verizonfoundation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/verizongiving).
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