Welcome to the February 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM)
February is a great time to engage teens in promoting healthy relationships and preventing dating violence. Hope House has compiled a list of resources for teens, educators, parents, and youth service providers that you can access here. One of the campaigns listed is Respect Week from February 8-12, which includes Wear Orange Day on February 9 and the National Respect Announcement on February 12. Please join Baraboo High School and River Valley Middle School in promoting these and other activities for TDVAPM. Is your school also participating? Let us know by calling 608-356-9123. In the Baraboo area? Stop in the West Square Building to check out our interactive display, Love Is.
Please join Hope House at the 2016 Summit on Healthy Teen Relationships:
Together We Will – Lift Our Voices, Unite for Change, Live Without Fear
On April 4-6, the 2016 Summit on Healthy Teen Relationships will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells! The days will be packed with action and fun, bringing together a diverse group of teens and adults to talk and learn about creating healthy teen relationships and preventing teen dating abuse and sexual assault. Scholarships for teens are available – applications for which are due February 19! To learn more, click here. Plan on attending? Please let us know by calling 608-356-9123 or email us so we can try to connect with you at the summit!
This Super Bowl Sunday:
Tell Super Bowl Advertisers You’re Watching
“Starting in 2011, you made your voice heard with the #NotBuyingIt and #MediaWeLike hashtags to encourage major corporations including GoDaddy, Chevrolet, and Teleflora to change sexist representations of women and men. This year, we’re thrilled to partner with 3 Percent Conference and Instant Census for a Super Bowl Tweetup to tell advertisers, the media, and the entire world what people of conscience think of ads…in real-time. Here’s how it works: sign up to be surveyed during the Super Bowl via text messages by texting “SB50” to (217) 731-4368. Game day, you’ll get a handful of questions and we’ll report your feedback to media and advertisers – telling them in a few quick seconds which ads resonate with us, which are alienating, and what we plan to do about it”…Read more
"This Super Bowl, our organizations — the Representation Project and Futures Without Violence — have teamed up to spark conversations through an unconventional campaign called #BeAModelMan. Keep an eye out for us (we’ll be hard to miss). While millions of people around the world will be witnessing American masculinity at its height, we’re inviting men to model healthy behavior and respect toward women and children. Using public art installations, we’re asking men to step up, speak out and model the man you’d like your sons to become, the man who would make your daughters safe in this world, the man who uplifts us all, instead of a few"...Read more
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and Youth
Parents' and Youth Service Providers' Section
Faith Communities' Section
Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health: “The Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health is designed to help individuals and organizations who want to organize community conversations achieve three potential objectives: Get others talking about mental health to break down misperceptions and promote recovery and healthy communities; Find innovative community-based solutions to mental health needs, with a focus on helping young people; Develop clear steps for communities to address their mental health needs in a way that complements existing local activities. The Toolkit includes: Information Brief, Discussion Guide, and Planning Guide.”