Introducing the ‘Be Strong’ Curriculum

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Peace Over Violence is launching our Be Strong Curriculum!

Be Strong is an asset-based health promotion and violence prevention curriculum empowering young women ages 13-19. The curriculum builds on concepts of womanhood, respect, and positive relationships as a strategy for health promotion and violence prevention.

Be Strong has been piloted and implemented in eight Los Angeles Unified School District schools during the 2008-9 school year. It is aligned with California Department of Education Academic Curriculum Standards and the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents (ages 12-18) identified by Search Institute. Also, the curriculum is evidence-informed by independent data analysis conducted by Harder+Co.

The curriculum is currently available at POV's shop.

Also available are POV facilitator trainings for organizations. Please contact for more information.

4th Annual Violence-Free Teens Conference

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011



This year the Violence-Free Teens Conference is a two-day conference building on the successful youth engagement track introduced in 2011. Youth, educators, law enforcement, health practioners, counselors and all youth stakeholders are invited to participate in two days of innovative diologues on relationship violence prevention. Thursday will focus on network building and professional development. Friday will be dedicated to youth leadership development, adult ally training to end relationship violence and energizing the movement to end relationship violence.


February 16-17, 2012



The California Endowment

Center for Healthy Communities

1000 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


  • Healing, wellness, and working with youth
  • Respectful sexuality
  • Youth leadership development
  • Adult ally training to support youth and adult partnerships


  • 2 days - $125
  • 1 day - $75

Please submit one page workshop abstracts by September 9, 2011.
Continuing education units are available!

To register, submit an abstract, or learn more, please contact Emily Austin at 213.955.9090 or

Youth Over Violence Training

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011

Graduates of this three week training will have the opportunity to participate in an internship learning ways to create and organize violence prevention programs and activities in their communities and on their campuses. This training teaches violence prevention education and leadership skills.


  • Orientation: July 7, 12-2pm. Lunch provided.
  • Training: July 12-28, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 12-4pm


Peace Over Violence Metro Headquarters
1015 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • Applicants must be available to attend all workshop sessions
  • All graduates of the Youth Over Violence training are qualified for an internship at Peace Over Violence and will receive a stipend for their commitment.
  • Applications may be picked up and dropped off at Peace Over Violence Metro Headquarters.
  • For more information, contact Trina Greene at or 213 .955.9090 x 123.


Youth Media Team

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011

The Boyle Heights Youth Engagement Committee is looking to hire 15 members from the community to be part of a Youth Media Team.

Youth will spend the summer training to become expert filmmakers and learn how to tell their stories and capture the efforts that are happening as part of TCE’s Building Healthy Communities.


  • Applicants must be available to attend all workshop sessions
  • All members of the Youth Media Team are expected to work on a minimum of 4 media pieces in the next year and post them up on BHC sponsored sites
  • Application deadline is June 17. Applications may be picked up and dropped off at The Santana House, 1721 Griffin Ave. in Los Angeles.

Each Youth Media Team member will receive $250 stipend for their participation. For more information, contact David Valdez at or 213.955.9090×136.

July 7, 14, 21, and 28
August 4, 11

Boyle Heights Technology Center
1600 E. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033


KTLA Highlights Denim Day in LA

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2011

Youth Over Violence leaders recently joined Peace Over Violence Executive Director Patti Giggans in an interview on Los Angeles' major news network, KTLA.

Giggans was being interviewed about a national sexual assault awareness campaign, Denim Day in LA, which reached millions of people in 2011 alone.

Among those involved in the massive education campaign were POV youth leaders and educators, who taught over 100 classes in 32 middle and high schools and colleges around Los Angeles.

Self Defense Workshop

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Our Peace Over Violence Self Defense Workshop is designed to focus on three areas of self-defense for women: Awareness, Assertiveness & Physical Techniques.

In this workshop you will learn how to identify the myths and realities of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, maintain an awareness of daily environment, identify target areas and weapons of the body, as well as use simple physical techniques defend from assault.

When: October 22nd, 2010 from 6pm-9pm
POV West San Gabriel Valley Center
892 N Fair Oaks Ave Suite D
Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information, contact Sari at 626.584.6191 or

Youth Over Violence In-Service

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Join us for the first monthly Youth Over Violence In-Service. Youth will be checking in and we will provide refreshments, training, guest speakers, activities, and fun!

Date: September 27, 2010
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Peace Over Violence Metro Headquarters
1015 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information, contact Sari at 626-584-6191 or

February 2010 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month


Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

February 2010 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is an initiative to raise knowledge and responsiveness to teen dating violence among teens, parents, and communities. Every year, over 10% of California teens report being in an abusive relationship. One in three teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, or physically hurt by a partner.

During February, join Peace Over Violence in spreading awareness about teen dating violence. Schedule an assembly at school, distribute materials during lunch, schedule a presentation on teen dating violence, create a poster or essay contest. Peace Over Violence can help you!

Download TDVAP Month Materials:

Flyer No. 1—It’s Everybody’s Business, click here
Flyer No. 2—Respectful Relationships: click here
Flyer No. 3—Know Your Rights: click here
TDVAP Month Postcard: click here

To schedule a presentation contact:

Trina Greene at or 213-955-9090 (Los Angeles Area)
Sari Lorge at or 626-584-6191 (West San Gabriel Valley)


Violence-Free teens Conference

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009



Teen dating violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment awareness has ushered in a new era of policy development, programs for youth leadership, and progress in creating healthy teen relationships.

The 2nd Annual Violence-Free Teens: Building Healthy Relationship Conference will provide training on innovative methods currently being used to prevent dating and sexual violence among teens, introduce Peace Over Violence’s Be Strong Curriculum that empowers girls to develop healthy, non-violent relationships, and review dating and sexual violence policy development on a state and national level.

At this conference, attendees will receive in-depth information on state and national violence prevention campaigns and programs, network and collaborate with stakeholders in youth violence prevention, and develop strategies for working with new technologies and underserved groups.

For more information regarding the Conference contact Ralph Tabares at 213.955.9090 ext. 118 or

Start Strong L.A. Launch!

Violence-Free teens Conference

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2009

“Peace Over Violence is launching “Start Strong L.A.,” a program aimed for youth ages 11 to 14. This program will promote safe and healthy relationships and prevent dating violence. It will concentrate in and around Berendo and Virgil Middle School. The aim is to impact students and their families in this area. Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a partner. It is up to us youth to turn this around.” - Ralph

Start Strong Press Release click here.

Peace Over Violence Start Strong Los Angeles
Fact Sheet click here.

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative Fact Sheet click here.