Youth Leadership Summit Held in Melrose

bethechange14-001.On Tuesday, February 23, nearly 200 local high school and middle school students attended #BeTheChange, a Youth Leadership Summit held in Melrose. This event, organized and sponsored by MAAV and the Safe STEPS for Teens Project, brought student leaders together to learn about teen dating violence, healthy relationships and more. Middle and high school students came from nearby towns, including Medford, Malden, Wakefield, Saugus, Burlington, Lincoln-Sudbury and Boston.

The theme of the event was leadership, and the idea of using leadership to make a difference was promoted through speakers, workshops, spoken word and song. Students were able to listen to a keynote speech by Ricardhy Grandoit, the Social Responsibility Specialist for Major League Baseball, and were able to attend workshops on topics such as the power of bystanders, consent, teen dating abuse, gender roles, and more. For more pictures of the event, check out our photo galleries.

3rd Annual Coffee House a Great Success!

keith-rachelThe 3rd Annual Voices Against Violence Coffee House was held on Saturday, March 5. More than 100 people filled Temple Beth Shalom for this annual event, which celebrates healthy relationships through the arts. Act included students from MVMMS and MHS (including MHS students Keith Morris and Rachel Freed, pictured here!), adults from the community, and more performing songs, music, and spoken word pieces around the themes of friendship, love, and relationships. Check out videos from the event on MAAV’s YouTube channel!





Register for the Melrose Run for Women!

Lace up those running shoes and sign up for this year’s Mother’s Day Road Race! Online registration here.