Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

photo (56)The Safe STEPS For Teens Project, a partnership between MAAV and the Melrose Public Schools, focuses on preventing teen dating abuse and promoting healthy relationships. We held many special events and activities throughout February, including a Community Coffee House, new poster campaign, training for staff on policy & procedures, and a PSA Contest at Melrose High School. Our theme this year was “Bystanders Don’t Stand By.” All peer leaders and staff members at the secondary level in Melrose wore T-shirts to spread the message “If not you, who? See abuse, say something. Hear abuse, do something. Bystanders don’t stand by.” Pictured here is Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Principal Brent Conway with Main Office secretaries Deb Hardy and Peggy Sorentino. Check out our 10 Tips for Being an Active Bystander.

18th Annual Melrose Run for Women is May 10!

MAAV Road Race 062   Yes, spring will eventually come to New England! What better way to celebrate than lacing up and participating in the Melrose Run for Women, a 3.5 mile road race held on Mother’s Day. Walkers and babies in strollers also welcome. Click here to register or for more information. We are grateful to the Melrose Running Club for organizing this event and for supporting MAAV for 18 years!


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