Take the 2019 #NativeLoveIs youth challenge!
What is the NativeLove Project? Verizon has partnered with NIWRC to raise awareness and help end violence against Native youth by empowering them to redefine NativeLove. Those of us in Native communities often hear jokes about “Indian loving” as waking up with a hickey and black eye. That’s not love. That’s dating violence. The NativeLove project encourages Native youth to think about what NativeLove really is, so we can create the necessary changes in our thinking and restore our traditional ways of loving. By all of us coming together to restore our traditional ways of loving, we can restore safety to our communities.
What is the NativeLove Challenge? The NativeLove Challenge is a video and photo contest for Native youth ages 8 to 22. The one winner will receive an EXPENSE-PAID TRIP for them and their chaperone! See the website for a list of trips the winner will choose from. The contest ends September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced between Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2019).
Take the Challenge!
Step 1 Record or photograph what NativeLove means to you. Be creative!
Step 2 Post your video or picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NativeLoveIs by September 30th, 2019. Winner announced during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Step 3 Challenge your friends on social media to take the challenge too. Native youth ages 12–24 may enter.
Want More Information? Contact [email protected] .
Visit the NativeLove website at nativelove.niwrc.org. There are more details about the contest, plus tons of resources and toolkits for you and your friends to help you have a Healthy Me, a Healthy Family, Healthy Love, and Healthy Friendships. You can also like us on our Facebook page! Search Native Love.
Wear RED on Sunday, May 5th on social media using: #MMIW #MMIWG #WhyWeWearRed
Support May 5th to become a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the United States and raise awareness on May 5th by wearing red and posting your photo with the hashtags!
*Download this postcard & share: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1vodfuuf_xIVW_NgLMhV5am3wVM-wRnxC
Congratulations to the winners of the #HealthyNativeLoveis Photo Contest!
To highlight Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) this February, NativeLove, the StrongHearts Native Helpline and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) co-hosted the #HealthyNativeLoveIs Photo Contest on Instagram! The top three winners were chosen & given their prizes. A warm heartfelt thank you to all those who entered the contest this year and showing us what healthy Native Love meant to you!
Read more here: http://nativelove.niwrc.org/healthynativeloveis-photo-contest
Social media and dating apps are among the places teens go to find love and companionship. Occasionally puppy love turns unhealthy or even abusive. It can be hard for parents to track. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. We’re talking about healthy dating for young people and how parents can talk to their children about it. What tips do you give to your teens about dating? Listen to the show at:http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/wednesday-february-14–2018-safe-teen-dating/
Kristen Butcher (enrolled in the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians and Lakota Sioux – NativeLove youth ambassador
Rebecca Balog (Oglala, Mohawk and Lautari) – National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center grant manager and NativeLove team leader
Tanae Le Claire (Yankton Sioux) – 2017 NativeLove challenge winner
Kristen Butcher, NativeLove Youth Ambassador, mingles with the cast and crew of Wind River at LA party
“It was so inspiring to meet Taylor Sheridan, Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. They are supporting us to end violence against Native women.—Kristen Butcher, NativeLove Youth Ambassador 2017. NativeLove Youth Ambassador Kristen Butcher, Faith Morreo and Jax Agtuca at Wind River soirée supporting and raising awareness of Murdered and Missing Women and Girls! #NativeLoveIs Art Raising Awareness #WindRiver #NIWRC
Read more in our ‘News’ section: http://nativelove.niwrc.org/news/
Verizon has partnered with NIWRC to raise awareness and help end violence against Native youth by empowering them to redefine Native Love. Those of us in Native communities often hear jokes about “Indian loving” as waking up with a hickey and black eye- that’s not love, that’s dating violence. Our NativeLove project encourages Native youth to think about what Native Love really is, so we can create change in our thinking and restore safety to our communities by restoring our traditional ways of loving, characterized by respect, honor, kindness, family and compassion.
Our NativeLove project includes a youth video/photo challenge, posters, social media campaigns, FAQs, and teen resources and toolkits. These are offered to support and inform youth and educators about healthy relationship and to encourage dialogue in Native communities.
For more information, contact:
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
PO Box 99
Lame Deer, MT 59043
A special thanks to Verizon Hopeline for funding our NativeLove Youth project and for their ongoing support in promoting healthy relationships for Native youth.
We also want to thank the Indian Law Resource Center and Buffalo Nickel Creative for helping to develop the NativeLove videos on this page.
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