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“Our work focuses on preventing domestic violence, sexual assault, and teen dating violence"

BLOOM365 is a nonprofit that educates and activates young people as peer advocates “to uproot abuse in a generation. 

“Our work focuses on preventing domestic violence, sexual assault, and teen dating violence at the root causes through education in schools, advocacy and crisis counseling and youth-led activation to promote healthy relationships,” says BLOOM365’s website.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, BLOOM365 holds workshops at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W Jefferson Street, Peoria.

The workshops are aimed “to provide the skills, knowledge and resources for teens aged 13-19 to serve as peer advocates in their communities and on their campuses,” said Kathryn Wickersham of BLOOM365’s Peoria office.

“The goal is to empower youth who witness, experience or perpetrate verbal, emotional, physical or sexual violence to seek help.”

More than 15,000 teens complete the  “Bloom It Up” curriculum at schools each year, demonstrating improvement in their self-esteem and communication, conflict resolution and coping skills. 

The program is designed for teens who are passionate about cultivating a culture of empathy, respect, consent and kindness.