Teen cultures and dating
In 2001, ATASK identified that teen dating violence education is a unique prevention need in the Asian/Asian American community.In consultation with the Boston Asian Youth Essential Services and the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, ATASK created the Waves of Asian Voices Emerging (WAVE) curriculum, specifically to fit the needs of Asian/Asian American youth.Developed with financial support from the Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative, the curriculum was shaped over a period of three years and its development included a youth volunteer advisory board from different Asian/Asian American communities, which convened to assist with this project.In 2006, ATASK staff revised our curriculum to be effective with a general population of youth.She told them to use the definition of "hook-up" their friends use to mirror the ambiguity on campus, finding that 40% of their most recent hook-ups involved sex.Her data, published in , shows that college seniors have hooked up with an average of 8 people over 4 years — that’s two a year or one a semester.
It hasn’t replaced dating, it’s just changed how we think about it. Paula England, professor of sociology at New York University, has surveyed over 14,000 heterosexual students at 19 universities about their sexual behavior.We sat down with Michelle and got her perspective on teen dating violence and the role sex ed and trusted adults can play.1) Tell us about Safe House Denver and the work you do as a domestic violence advocate.Safe House Denver is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing both emergency shelter and non-residential counseling and advocacy for adults, children, and youth who are victims of domestic violence.Currently, our teen dating violence curriculum (formerly WAVE) can be adapted for different communities – one for the diverse population of young adults in Greater Boston and one specifically for Asian/Asian American teens.
With this curriculum, ATASK has educated teens on how to make healthy decisions within their own peer relationships, and how to cope with domestic violence within the family.As a Domestic Violence Advocate with Safe House Denver, I provide individual advocacy-based counseling, primarily with teens and young adults.