Maxwell University Helps Teens Handle Relationships

by Kelly Deichert

Air University Public Affairs

Since dating can be a new and complex experience for youth, the Maxwell family advocacy office has organized events to help them navigate this terrain.

“It can be hard to determine where your relationship falls, especially if you haven’t dated much,” said April Jones, the Family Advocacy Program’s outreach manager. “Therefore, the important message we want to send to the youth is how to recognize healthy friendships and healthy relationships.”

Jones and her committee will offer programs throughout February, which is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Events include:

· Information table – Parents can learn more about National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in the clinic atrium.

· Cyber-safety lunch and learn – Parents can bring their own lunch and learn more about cyber safety during presentations from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Maxwell Airman and Family Readiness Center and Feb. 16 at the Falcon’s Nest at Gunter.

· Video dance party challenge – Youth ages 11-13 can enjoy a Zumba demonstration and learn about healthy relationships from 1-2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the fitness center annex at Maxwell. Parents also are invited.

· Relationship smarts workshop – Parents develop their skills during this workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Falcon’s Nest at Gunter.

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