Donna Bartos, Purple Ribbon Council to Cut Out Domestic Abuse (DBA BLOOM365) Founder and Executive Director, will lead this workshop. Donna has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit arena and 10 years directly in teen dating abuse and domestic violence prevention, curriculum development, professional training and organizational leadership. She has authored numerous prevention resources including the “Are you blooming or wilting?” poster to increase conversation and knowledge on the root causes of power and control; the BLOOM IT UP teen dating abuse prevention curriculum; and the Study Circles Dialogue to Action guide on the prevention of domestic homicide in collaboration with the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy. In 2012, she received the Social Venture Partners-Arizona Fast Pitch award for her innovative and quantitative social change work in partnership with youth and a seed grant from the Verizon Foundation to enhance and evaluate the BLOOM IT UP model in schools. She has conducted teen dating abuse prevention trainings and workshops at the local, state and national levels and is a development consultant for the University of Colorado Denver’s Center on Domestic Violence. Donna was born and raised in southern New Jersey, began her non-profit career in Philadelphia and since 2007 has called Arizona home, along with her husband Peter and their three children.
Preventing Teen Dating Abuse
this workshop will uncover the root causes of teen dating abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. It is designed for individuals with an interest in youth-driven social change efforts to prevent teen dating abuse BEFORE it starts. The varying root causes discussed during the workshop include unhealthy gender norms, social/media acceptance, taught abusive behavior, insecurity and oppression. Through facilitated conversation and interactive exercises, participants will have the opportunity to understand these factors from the lens of teens.
This workshop falls under prevention and social change and is relevant for a wide-reaching target audience, especially parents and individuals or organizations engaging youth.