Start Strong is the largest national initiative ever funded targeting 11- 14 year-olds to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Start Strong will rally entire communities in a public health effort to build environments that support healthy relationships and ensure violence and abuse are never tolerated.
Start Strong is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation* are investing $18 million in 11 communities across the country to identify and evaluate the most promising pathways to stop dating violence and abuse before it starts.
L.A.-based Peace Over Violence was chosen as 1 of 11 community organizations from more than 500 nationwide to receive a $1 million grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation as part of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) program.
Start Strong Los Angeles will be focused at Berendo Middle School and Young Oak Kim Academy expecting to reach over 4300 students, of which 85% are Latino, very low income and chronically exposed to violence.
Peace Over Violence’s local collaborative partners in Start Strong Los Angeles are the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML), El Centro del Pueblo and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
For more information about the Start Strong national initiative, click here