Pippin Whitaker receives funding from the Verizon Foundation
About 1 in 3 youth and young adults have experienced some form of teen dating violence (TDV), including psychological and physical violence. In South Carolina high schools in 2011, about 1 in 8 girls and 1 in 10 boys were “hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose” by a boyfriend or girlfriend (YRBS, 2011). Abusive relationships limit a person’s opportunity to act autonomously toward their full potential. This, in turn, leads to long-lasting consequences throughout an adolescent’s development. Y-CLAP-HR Phase I involved a qualitative study in the school district involving focus groups and interviews with youth, parents, teachers, and school, district, and state representatives. Phase I results indicated that youth want safe, confidential, and ongoing support to develop and implement a positive vision of healthy relationships. Y-CLAP-HR Phase II project will develop and pilot a cost-efficient youth-driven information system based on an app to promote understanding of healthy relationships and promote healthy relationship strategies.
Verizon Foundation has awarded Dr. Whitaker a 2-year grant for “Youth Capabilities and Leadership Action to Promote Healthy Relationships (Y-CLAP-HR): Phase II.” The Y-CLAP-HR Phase II project will develop and pilot a cost-efficient youth-driven information system based on an app to promote understanding of healthy relationships, promote healthy relationship strategies, and ultimately prevent (TDV) in a local high school.