Stop the Silence, Prevent the Violence. Introduction
Since 1987 the Best Friends model has been implemented in over 150 schools in Washington, DC and across the nation. Our staff has taken great pride in the fact that research on the Best Friends/Best Men program has demonstrated significant reduction in risk behavior and increased positive peer relationships. However, we are alarmed at the recent resurgence in sexually transmitted diseases*, drug use*, and relationship violence* among pre-teens and teens.
It is estimated that almost 30% of youth in the United States are involved in bullying and abuse as either a perpetrator or a target. In addition, one out of every ten high school students has been a victim of relationship violence.
Adolescents involved in violence and abuse tend to get in trouble more often and do more poorly in school than youth who do not experience such behavior. They are also more likely to fight, drink, use drugs, and smoke than their peers.
In response to the current issue of adolescent violence and abusive behav-ior, the Best Friends Foundation has developed the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Seminar: Stop the Silence. Prevent the Violence.
If you have any questions regarding the Best Friends Foundation or our seminar Stop the Silence. Prevent the Violence. please contact either Jossy Huffstetler at 301.758.7204 or H.Joselyn@gmail.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With best wishes for the best future for our youth,
President and Founder
Love this program. The students need this. Please continue to do what you do.
This was an enlightening seminar.
Thank you for the awesome opportunity provided to our students.
*Increase of 15% in syphilis alone since 2014
**Heroin overdose has quadrupled since 2003
*** Dating violence has increased from 20 to 24 percent