Social Media Campaign
In Our Own Words:
Our social media campaign is created by the youth for the youth so that they can both express their thoughts and learn how to form healthy relationships. Currently, their thoughts are reflected in sharables, pictures, drawings, and multimedia video across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The main hashtags tying the themes together are #EverybodyToldMe and #NobodyToldMe to show how they've grown in their learnings about consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention.
In our own words:
"Social media is one of the most accessible and used platforms, especially by youth. They use it to share emotional connections, find ideas, express themselves, and learn. Instagram, Twitter, FB, and other social media platforms contribute to the unhealthy messages youth, who are just beginning to develop their identities, receive by exposing them to unrealistic or harmful behaviors and stereotypes. This results in them having unreasonable expectations of sexual and gender norms and experiencing difficulty in forming healthy relationships.
Christina Ortiz, Senior Prevention Coordinator
During Project DOT the youth gathered together and created artwork to reflect the material they were learning throughout the weeks. This work of art illustrates an example of a boy and a girl in an unhealthy relationship using the words "EverybodyToldMe" and "NobodyToldMe" which were themes used for the social media campaign to discuss tackling sensitive issues like relationships, bystander intervention, and consent.
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To expand on the themes of consent, bystander intervention, and healthy relationships, artist Vicky Leta came up with fun comics to inspire the conversation about the topics the youth learn during the program.