For teens who witness violence in their homes or face dating violence in their early relationships, these experiences are often interconnected with other risks and realities â€“ like homelessness, or running away from home to flee violence.Â La Casaâ€™s work with at-risk teens â€“ sustained, in part, through the STREETSMART4kids Dine Out and Donate program â€“ provides responsive and individualized support to help teens break the cycle of violence within the context of their lives and unique needs.
Through La Casaâ€™s Teen Program, advocates respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to calls for help on our Teen Crisis Line, providing counseling and safety planning and connecting teens with community resources.Â Individual counseling and support groups offer teens a safe space â€“ to heal from trauma and to explore areas like their rights within relationships, how to set healthy boundaries with others, and how to recognize warning signs of abuse.Â With all of these supports, thereâ€™s no one-size-fits-all response â€“ itâ€™s about meeting a young person where theyâ€™re at, listening to their individual needs and hopes, helping them explore their safety and options.
Our teen dating violence workshops and Girls Got Each Otherâ€™s Backs campaign provide developmentally-appropriate information and education to empower teens with knowledge about dating and domestic violence, healthy relationships, and how to seek help if needed.Â The workshops represent a critical opportunity to connect with teens who may be in need of support, and to equip teens with the tools to break the cycle of violence.Â As with our counseling and support group services, workshops are offered on-site at schools throughout San Francisco to increase access and truly meet teens where theyâ€™re at.
For a teen who flees with their mother from violence in the home, La Casaâ€™s Emergency Shelter program provides a safe place when being on the streets might otherwise seem like the only option to escape.Â And it offers much more than a refuge â€“ teens living in the shelter have access to on-site supports like individualized and family counseling and case management, an art activity group, and other programming.
To learn more about La Casaâ€™s work with at-risk teens year-round, read here.Â And in case you missed it, catch a glimpse into our annual Summer Scrapbook Project for teens, which concluded in August!Â For more information about supporting at-risk teens through Dine Out and Donate, read here.