WHO: Prince George’s County Board of Education
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., Superintendent of Schools
Community leaders and agency partners
WHAT: 2012 Teen Dating/Domestic Violence Summit
WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012 ∙ 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Charles Herbert Flowers High School
10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road ∙Springdale, Maryland
The Rising S.T.A.R.S. Youth Scholarship Foundation and Judge Herman C. Dawson, Coordinating Judge for Juvenile Causes, will host a Teen Dating/Domestic Violence Summit on February 25, 2012, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. Judge Dawson will be joined by Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Senator Joanne Benson, Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., 7th Circuit Administrative, Judge Sheila Tillerson Adams, and other elected officials, the House of Ruth, Department of Social Services, Department of Family Services and representatives from local law enforcement agencies amongst others.
President Barack Obama has issued a presidential proclamation that February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, about one in four teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional or sexual violence. The Summit is designed to bring awareness to this issue which affects such a large segment of teenagers in Prince George’s County.
The goal of the Summit is to educate teenagers about dating and domestic violence and its effect on the community. The program will consist of a main session detailing the definition of domestic violence, followed by various break-out sessions to further delve into the intricacies of dating and domestic violence. The Summit will feature panel discussions on domestic violence law, self esteem and decision making, anger management, and conflict resolution and abuse within the context of social media and technology. The Summit will also feature a special session for parents.
Prince George’s County High School students and their parents are encouraged to participate in the Summit. For more information, contact Brandes Ash, Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Herman C. Dawson, at 301-952-3676 and/or 301-952-4457.