October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted by Community Relations at 9/30/2015

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and Phoenix Union is partnering with the Mayor’s office to create awareness through the Paint Phoenix Purple initiative for a second year.

PUHSD is the only high school district with representation on the Domestic Violence Youth Education Taskforce and the only school district offering the Youth Town Hall.

An Art Contest was open to all City of Phoenix youth and of the 37 pieces of art submitted, 35 were from PUHSD students.   The winners are:1st place, Jazmin Herrada from Alhambra; 2nd place, Isaac Ruiz from Carl Hayden; 3rd place, Victoria Valdez from South Mountain. They will be acknowledged at a press conference and all the art work will be displayed at City hall, October 1-8. Other planned events for the month are:

Campus Resource Fairs will be hosted by South Mountain, Betty Fairfax, Camelback and Carl Hayden. Central will also host an evening Resource Fair during the October 23 football game. The football players will be wearing purple and City Councilwoman Laura Pastor, is scheduled to welcome and address our guests prior to the game.

 

A Youth Town Hall will take place the last week of October at Central High School. This will be open to all students, staff, parents, partner districts and community.

 

PSA announcements for each campus will air during the month of October. The Mayor and City Council members are in the process of taping the PSA’s and a DVD will be provided to each campus.

 

In Her Shoes activities will be scheduled November through February, which leads into February’s Teen Dating Violence Prevention month. In Her Shoes is an interactive activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the circumstances of family violence, survivors and the choices they make about their relationships. City of Phoenix Staff and PUHSD Dropout Programs Developer Cyndi Tercero will co-facilitate the activities.

 

For additional information on the Paint Phoenix Purple initiative and to see who is painting Phoenix purple, visit the website at http://paintphoenixpurple.org/look-whos-painting-phoenix-purple/