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In This Issue Upcoming Community Events Youth Mini-Grant Lunch at Aladdin's Ski For Women Featured Article It's time, again, to Pick.Click.Give. when you file for your PFD online.
When you do, you can make an impact by sharing just a little with a cause you care about such as AWAIC.
When you go online to apply for your dividend, you will see the Pick.Click.Give. option. Click and follow the instructions to make your donation by March 31st.
Cell Phone Drive AWAIC is beginning a Cell Phone Drive! We will be accepting all cell phone donations which include:
- Cell Phone batteries and accessories
Donated items will be recycled via a program that pays non-profits for cell phone recycling. Income from this Cell Phone Drive will support our programs.
Upcoming Community Events Petroleum Wives Club
Queen of Hearts
Marriott Hotel, Anchorage
Join the fun! Casino games, silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. Could you ask for anything more? And all to benefit AWAIC. Tickets/reservations are now available for $100 per person or tables of 10 for $1000. Gather your friends, family or anyone who just wants to have fun. If you would like to donate items for the auction or sponsor a corporate table, please contact 907-522-3110 or visit www.petroleumwives.org.
Private Quarters Linens Share the Comfort
Help "Share the Comfort" with AWAIC this spring. Private Quarters Linens is pleased to donate beautiful, soft new bedding to AWAIC equal to 15% of purchases at your personal shopping events held in April 2010. Last April the "Share the Comfort" campaign generated a gift of $5,800 in comfy linens to AWAIC.
To preview the on-line PQ catalog or reserve an April date for a Private Quarters personal shopping experience, contact your local PQ comfort consultants.
Stacy Vincent Monfrey http://www.privatequarters.net/StacyMonfrey/
Jenny Hawkins Hogrefe http://www.privatequarters.net/jennyhawkins/
AWAIC 100 W. 13th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 279-9581 business (907) 272-0100 24-hour crisis line www.awaic.org www.itsnotcool.me
Letter from the Executive Director, Suzi Pearson
February marks the 2nd Annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Why make a month especially dedicated to dealing with teen dating violence? Because it's getting more dangerous for the youth in our country and we need youth and parents to take notice.
Women age 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault, and people age 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking. One in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused, not by a stranger, but by a dating partner. This prevalence of teen dating violence is alarming and even unrecognized as abnormal by those teens experiencing it.
Parents have a critical role in addressing dating violence. Current studies show that one in three parents don't think dating violence is a problem. The statistics about dating violence show it is clearly a problem and parents can make a difference.
Teen Dating Continued
ANDVSA Youth Mini-Grant AWAIC recently partnered with Romig Middle School to apply for a youth mini-grant from the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA). The proposal was chosen as the number one proposal in the state and was fully funded at $2,000. This award will allow a team of eight graders at Romig to focus on building a healthy and positive peer culture focused on promoting healthy relationships. The teens are producing a brochure and a video to be used while they present teen dating violence information to classes at Romig and district wide. Their teacher, Mark Elfstrom, hopes that "...the actions of the students create a ripple effect amongst their peers so that school-wide conversations about dignity and respect in relationships become the norm." AWAIC is proud of the hard work of the Romig Chooses Respect Team of students and looks forward to seeing the positive community impact of their activism. Lunch at Aladdin's Thank you to everyone who came to lunch at Aladdin's Fine Mediterranean Restaurant on February 1st. Aladdin's owner, Rabah Chettfour, is passionate about local non-profits and he holds various benefits throughout the year to show his support. Rabah donates the food, service and all donations. He chose AWAIC for his February benefit and the lunch was a wonderful success thanks to your generous giving. We appreciate everyone who came out to support AWAIC and Aladdin's. With your participation we raised over $5000 for AWAIC! Pictured (l to r): Development Coordinator Jackie Nelson, Director of Development Nicki Shinners, Aladdin's Owner Rabah Chettfour, & Executive Director Suzi Pearson
Aladdin's next lunch will benefit Salvation Army on March 1st.
Ski For Women Thank you to Ski For Women and all the participants for supporting AWAIC! North America's largest women-only cross-country ski event was back again on February 6th for the 15th Annual Ski For Women. The event was a great success and tons of fun with over 1400 partipants. All of the proceeds benefit non-profits that help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children, including AWAIC.
Teen Dating Continued
How does that start? Talking to your teens, not just about their relationships, but their friends' relationships as well. Social networking, cell phones and email are important to teens but they can take abuse to a new level. They are often used as tools for harassment, control and stalking. Emotional abuse is devastating and the tools used to inflict fear and embarrassment from threatening messages and the circulation of embarrassing messages and pictures, are a common part of all teens' lives. Parents can start by listening to their kids and asking questions when they hear comments about their children's friends getting frequent texts from someone or that they're worried about a friend who had a photo posted on her networking page by someone who was mad at her.
The impacts of teen dating violence are real. Victims of dating abuse are more likely to engage in binge drinking. Moreover, rates of drug and alcohol abuse are more than twice as high in girls who report dating abuse than in those who do not. Sadly, adolescents in abusive relationships often carry these unhealthy patterns of abuse into future relationships, continuing a devastating cycle.
Two great websites for you and your kids to check out include The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence's Stand Up, Speak Up campaign at www.standupspeakupalaska.org or The Family Violence Prevention Fund's That's Not Cool campaign at www.thatsnotcool.com.
Listen to your kids, talk to your kids about healthy relationships and give them the information and support to make empowering choices to stop the cycle of violence in their generation.
Thank you for your continued support!