BREAK BOXES WITH US
Our Leadership Program meets monthly with additional opportunities for community volunteer work and social events. Announcements for meeting times, dates, locations are posted on our agency social media accounts.
To participate for 2017-2018, fill out and return our application!
BREAK THE BOX LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Over a teen's lifetime, it is likely that one in three of them will experience some type of abuse in a relationship.
Break the Box is a state-wide project that encourages youth to break free from harmful thinking that leads to violence. Students all over Texas are learning new ways to think about gender equality and will be gaining skills for healthier relationships as they collaborate efforts to raise awareness and education around this issue. The local program began in 2016 and we are very excited to grow and expand with each new school year.
Students enrolled in the 6th to 8th grade at any school in the Concho Valley are eligible for our middle school program. Students enrolled in 9th to 12th grade are eligible for our Phase 2 peer leader program and will serve as a mentor to students in the middle school program.
WHAT IS BREAK THE BOX?
WHAT’S SO WRONG WITH BOXES?
Being in a “box” is to be trapped in by stereotypes and expectations set on us by societal norms around gender. We see and hear them everyday and they limit our freedom and stifle our potential.
When defining ourselves as men or as women is more important than defining ourselves as people, our whole community loses. When looking at gender stereotypes, certain themes begin to emerge – in particular, the idea that men are expected to be strong and dominating, while women are expected to be weaker and often seen as objects to fulfill the needs of men. These generalizations put us all in boxes and create inequality between men and women, highlighting the idea that men need to be in control and women are “less than” men. When this is tolerated in society, inequity emerges. This gender inequity creates conditions where sexual violence can thrive. We call this a “rape culture”.
Break the Box is led by our Community Education Coordinator Ginger Guetlein. If you have any questions, please contact her at (325) 655-2000 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the program is available on TAASA's web site.