OUSD, youth groups recieve grant to prevent relationship abuse

By Post Staff

barbaramcclungmug.jpgThe Oakland Unified School District – along with the Family Violence Law Center, Youth Alive! and Youth Radio – has received a $1 million grant to prevent relationship abuse among adolescents.

The four-year award will expand  “intimate partner violence” prevention efforts through expanded leadership training and policy work, as well as classroom education, after-school and summer activities at five Oakland schools. The programs are expected to reach 1,600 Oakland students.

“Violence between teens who are currently, or were previously, in a relationship is an underreported issue that requires a significant combination of vision, resources and commitment to address,” said Barbara McClung, the OUSD Integrated Support Services Manager who will administer the grant. More than 500 other cities applied for the award, and Oakland was one of just 11 cities selected for funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The school district will work with the Family Violence Law Center and Youth Radio to launch an extensive, teen-centered anti-violence media campaign.

The funding will also support the combined efforts of the district, the Family Violence Law Center and Youth ALIVE! to train adults who influence youth, including parents, teachers and older teens.

“We believe in providing for the health of the whole child,” said OUSD Chief Services Officer Laura Moran. “This grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helps tremendously in that regard by allowing us to focus more intently on a threat to adolescent wellness that too often goes unaddressed.”