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The mission of The Retreat Teen Leadership Project is to prevent abuse and promote respect in all relationships and to help support The Retreat and expand its focus to include the prevention not just of domestic violence, but also of all sorts of relationship abuse, including bullying and harassment, sexual assault, and teen dating violence.  

The project is an opportunity for teens from East End schools to work together while learning about violence prevention and promoting respect and safety in the community.  We foster awareness about the dynamics of all relationships, from abusive to healthy, and teach students about safe and effective intervention strategies. We help them learn how to prevent unhealthy situations through fun and meaningful activities.  We also partner with teens, not just to train them, but also learn from them in developing programming that is responsive to the needs and concerns of young people.

The Retreat Teen Leaders commit to a six to eight week training and development program with weekly workshops and special events. Teen Leaders also create independent projects at the end of each session, which can be presentations, events, posters, articles, surveys, and more. Students can also earn community service credit for participating in the program and completing independent projects.  Projects have included leading special workshops and presentations to school and community groups, hosting information tables at special events, creating fundraisers, writing articles and designing and distributing outreach materials.

Please contact The Retreat Education Program at if you are interested in joining The Retreat Teen Leadership Project, or if you’d like The Retreat Teen Leadership Project to host a workshop or presentation with your school or community group.