Youth organizations and faith communities can be helpful teen influencers. Think broadly about what you may have in common and how you can help achieve each other’s goals.
- Focus on the Positive: To get faith communities on board, focus on healthy relationships and building a strong, respectful future generation. Frame issues in a positive light, instead of in the light of sexual assault or physical abuse prevention.
- Look Far and Wide: The specific needs and culture of your community will determine which partners are right for you. Try to talk to as many people in the community as you can—you’ll likely be surprised by some of the places you find allies. Chances are that lots of people in your community want to help.
- Youth Development Organizations: If you haven’t worked with teens extensively, partnering with youth development organizations can be a ready-made source for collaborating with youth and learning how to be more youth centered.