We recently collaborated with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) probation team on an after-school program aimed at providing support to kids who were having disciplinary problems. It seemed like a natural fit for our Start Strong efforts because many of the kids in it have either witnessed unhealthy relationships and/or been a part of an unhealthy relationship themselves. Because we had a strong relationship with LAPD and we had a shared interest in violence prevention, we were able to leverage that existing program as a way to deliver our curriculum on healthy relationships to some of the district’s most at-risk youth.
No matter where they end up in life, every kid can benefit from having the tools to develop safe and healthy relationships. I am so glad that Start Strong’s middle school focus and the community’s support enabled us to reach those kids.