National Youth Advisory Board Retreat July 12-14

Once a year, the 25 dedicated individuals that comprise our loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) meet with staff to plan their goals and projects for the next year to help spread awareness about dating abuse and encourage healthy relationships around the nation.

Ranging in age from 13 to 24, our NYAB consists of hardworking middle school, high school and college students, along with other adolescents and young adults, who work together to represent youth of all ages, backgrounds and communities.

Within the past year:

  • NYAB members went to the White House to hear Vice President Joe Biden speak and attend an event hosted by the 1 is 2 Many campaign commemorating Teen Domestic Violence Month.
  • National Youth Advisory Board members helped create the Relationship Spectrum by identifying and ranking what kinds of behaviors are healthy versus unhealthy as compared with NYAB members and staff responses.
  • NYAB members also helped create and promote the 2013 National Youth Advisory Board Respect Week Guide for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
  • NYAB members interviewed celebrities, including Ashley Greene and Camille Winbush, walking the red carpet at the Louder Than Words event, hosted on February 1 in Hollywood at the Avalon.
  • Member Brittny Henderson blogged for the “NO MORE” campaign about her promotion of saying “no more” to domestic violence on her college campus to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  • NYAB members took part in Respect Week during February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Prevention Month by encouraging others to wear orange to promote respect and healthy relationships, and also to promote the 3rd Annual National Announcement to Promote Healthy Relationships on Valentine’s Day.

By showing teens and young adults they do have a voice and can take action, the board provides insights and feedback on every aspect of Members are not just committed to ending and prevent abuse — they are also involved in their community, social media savvy, comfortable with public speaking and passionate about this issue on both personal and social levels. Our NYAB members are energetic youth who are actively communicating with their peers, online and off, about the issues of domestic violence and how to raise awareness. The NYAB is made possible thanks to m.powerment by mark., an initiative of the Avon Foundation for Women.