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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 24, 2016

Crisis Intervention Services forming new youth council

Sep 30, 2016

OSKALOOSA – Crisis Intervention Services announces the formation of a new Youth Media Advisory Council.

This initiative is one of only three competitive grants funded by the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Violence Prevention Program. The council will bring youth leaders from high school across south-central Iowa together to talk about creative and innovative ways to prevent gender-based violence and bullying in their schools and communities.

CIS recognizes that social media and digital technology are powerful forces for social change. They can be harnessed to send messages about healthy relationships and violence prevention, as evidenced by national campaigns like “I am a Witness” and “The Bully Project.”

Young people play an important role in this task. Firstly, they have a good understanding of the ways in which media and technology are used. They also are able to use their relationships with their friends and family to get important conversations about violence started.

The Youth Media Advisory Council will present CIS with an important youth perspective, and they will share their ideas and projects with their local communities.

CIS is accepting applications for dedicated and imaginative council members who are interested in social media, art, graphic design, photography, app/game development, or violence prevention and leadership. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

For more information and to get an application, contact Austin McKenney at 641-670-1436 or austinm@stopdvsa.org.

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