The Retreat’s Teen Leaders learn to prevent abuse and promote respect in all relationships and help build awareness for The Retreat. The focus is not simply on domestic and dating violence but on all types of relationship abuse including bullying, relational aggression, street harassment, sexual abuse, as well as skill-building for healthy relationships and friendships. Teens work together, learning about violence prevention and leadership to promote awareness and safety in the community.
Teen Leaders commit to an intensive training and leadership development program, with weekly after-school training sessions and special events. Students create and implement special projects (workshop, media outreach, event, video, fundraiser, survey, etc.) Students can earn 10-20 community service credit hours upon successful completion of each session of the program. Additional community service hours are awarded for extended independent projects and participation in additional sessions.