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Holistic Approaches to Youth Wellbeing: Supporting mental health as a strategy for sexual and intimate partner violence prevention


Communities, including school communities, play an important role in shaping the mental wellbeing and safety of young people. As a new semester starts and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, mental health and violence prevention practitioners are finding ways to address shared risk and protective factors in a way that prioritizes enriching and empowering experiences for young people. This web conference will feature community-based leaders in San Diego, CA and school-based advocates in Multnomah County, OR who are creating 
comprehensive youth wellbeing strategies to improve safety outcomes. Join PreventConnect and practitioners across the country to explore how the pandemic is impacting students’ wellbeing, what implications this has on sexual violence and dating violence prevention, and how we can take action.


  • Describe the connection between youth mental wellbeing and preventing sexual and dating violence, especially within the context of distressed school and social environments exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • Identify strategies that authentically engage young people that integrate violence prevention into a holistic approach for mental wellbeing.
  • Discuss best practices and opportunities to partner with young leaders in a way that honors their vision of how their environment can foster mental health and safety from violence.

HOSTS: Ashleigh Klein-Jimenez & Tori VandeLinde, PreventConnect & ValorUS

FACILITATORS: Wil Crary & Lisa Fujie Parks, Prevention Institute


  • Web conference PowerPoint slides [PDF]
  • Text chat transcript [PDF]
  • Web Conference Summary – United Women of East Africa [PDF]
  • Web Conference Summary – Multnomah Education Service District + Centennial School District [PDF]


  • Fardosa Osman, Youth Coordinator, United Women of East Africa
  • Mohamed “Kobe” Musse, Youth Coordinator, United Women of East Africa
  • Marcia Perez, Mental & Behavioral Health Systems Strategist, Multnomah Education Service District
  • Denise Wright, Student Service Director, Centennial School District

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