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Consent/Respect: Teen Relationships

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Hi, I'm Irie. I'm turning 14 this year and decided I want to make a difference in my community instead of having a party that is just about me. I wanted to have an event that would give people my age inspiration. When I thought about the people who inspire me (Malala!), I remembered that one of the things she says is that each of us has the power to use our voice. So this is what I'm doing...

I am creating an event for this November that is for people ages 12+ that is led by Mike Domitrz. He speaks on consent and respect in relationships. This conversation is for everyone who is in a releationship, will ever be in a relationship, and who would like to have a relationship. Basically, as Mike says, if you're a human who wants healthy relationships, this is for you!

The costs included in this event are:
Mike's speaking fee, renting an auditorium, and publicity expenses.

A lot of times young people are told how our bodies work and what we shouldn't do. These are important things to know, but a lot of times it's disempowering. We also want to know how to communicate, especially in a way that upholds our self-respect and respects others. The "Can I Kiss You?" program does this in ways that are educational as well as fun.

On behalf of all the teens, parents, and educators who this program will benefit : I really appreciate your support!

(*The name 'Sarah Page' in the contact section is my Mum's name, just so you know. I am a real person!*)

For more information on the "Can I Kiss You?" program, please follow this link: https://www.datesafeproject.org/universities/can-i-kiss-you/


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"I've been doing this work for two decades and I've never seen anybody do something like this for bringing a program in," Michael Domitrz, of The Date Safe Project said during a Facebook Live interview with Irie. "You've done so much for your community that we are donating the entire value of this program, everything, back to your community for you to give to your community, however you want to give."

Today, February 14th, we are announcing the three local organizations Irie has selected to support:

Domestic Violence Healing Circle
is a Critical Service of The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). The Domestic Violence Healing Circle works to end the silence around domestic and sexual violence, offers a variety of services, and works to reinforce the fact that domestic violence is not, nor ever has been, a traditional Native American value.
http://nayapdx.org/services/critical-services/domestic-violence-healing-circle/

Project Niyyah
is a service of New Avenues For Youth out of the new East Multnomah County Youth Opportunity Center. This outreach and wraparound support is for youth in East County experiencing housing instability and homelessness; programming for LGBTQ youth, youth in foster care, and youth involved in sex trafficking (sometimes referred to as commercially sexually exploited children [CSEC]).
http://newavenues.org/east/

Call To Safety
works to end domestic and sexual violence by providing confidential support services and education, a comprehensive 24/7crisis line, follow-up advocacy for survivors, support groups, community outreach and education, and sexual assault medical advocacy. Call To Safety can support crisis line callers in any language through their international language bank, and can connect survivors to local culturally-specific resources or co-advocacy.
https://calltosafety.org/

Irie is honored to be able to support these local organizations through the generosity of Mike Domitrz, local business sponsorships, and through the many donations and social media shares of supporters of the Nov. 2017 ‘Can I Kiss You’ consent education event.

We are inviting everyone to join us today in celebration of LOVE - the most essential human value - by donating directly to these organizations working to educate about and end domestic and sexual violence; support children at risk of sex trafficking, and offer much-needed survivor support.

#Respect #Consent #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth
#BeAContribution #MakeADifference #ShareTheLove
#IBelieveHer #MeToo
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Dear Friends and Contributors of the ‘Can I Kiss You?’ Consent Education event,

We have an update to share with all of you!

For her 14th birthday, Irie envisioned a free, community event that would make a difference in her community. On November 9th, she hosted Michael Domitrz of The Date Safe Project, Inc., who addressed how to talk about and reduce sexual harassment and sexual assault through his interactive program called ‘Can I Kiss You?’. The community response was very positive and the venue was over capacity! Inspired by Irie’s efforts, Mike donated his speaking fee back to her, so she could further support our local community. On February 14th, we will be announcing the three local organizations Irie has selected to support.

In advance of our announcement, we invite everyone who is called to make a difference in the area of domestic or sexual violence, to please consider making a donation along with us. Please contact Irie’s mom, Sarah Page to make arrangements for combining your donation with ours. Gofundme takes a percentage of all donations, so we are requesting offline donations at this time. We welcome all private donations large or small to support our local community – join us to make a larger impact!

When considering where to donate, Irie looked for how she could make the biggest impact possible with the amount of money she has to donate. She wanted to find local broad-based services supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as those doing this work who serve very specific populations. We are proud and honored to support three local organizations who meet these goals.

Please consider making an offline donation to boost the support we are giving on February 14th. Share the love!

#Respect #Consent #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth
#BeAContribution #MakeADifference #ShareTheLove
#IBelieveHer #MeToo
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The event was a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone here who donated and shared this campaign - you are the reason we were able to make this event happen. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Many of you live outside of the Portland area, so I want to tell you how the event went. It was just one week ago today!

We changed venues 1 week before the event because with our great local news coverage, we thought that 220 seats were not enough. Good thing we changed! We were still over capacity with 520 people in Lincoln Performance Hall! People stood, sat on the stairs, and even sat in laps for the 90 minute experience!

To say Mike Domitrz was amazing is an understatement. It was a lot of work putting this event together and my Mom and I agree: we would do it all again - that’s how great the ‘Can I Kiss You?’ experience is.

We had 9 organizations from the Portland metropolitan area representing our local sexual and domestic violence resources. They were incredible with everyone.

We had kids with parents, kids on their own, teachers, grandparents - the room was a great mix of our community.

Here is some of the local news coverage from the night. We had Fox, NBC, and ABC at the event!

http://www.kgw.com/mobile/video/news/hundreds-hear-can-i-kiss-you-consent-talk/283-2796231?scroll=9

http://katu.com/news/local/portland-teen-celebrates-birthday-by-hosting-consent-and-sexual-assault-speaker

Please continue to follow us and stay in touch with this topic. The transformation that occurred last Thursday will have a ripple effect for many many years to come. We are so grateful to be part of the work The Date Safe Project is doing.

You can follow us here:
https://m.facebook.com/Supporting-ConsentRespect-Teen-Relationships-1272800066162375/?ref=content_filter

Thank you again SO MUCHfor your support.

Warmly,
Irie
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Thank you to the Student Council at Portland Waldorf High School for sponsoring our event!
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