TWP - the Youth Movement

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TWP-The Youth Movement's target audience is youth, teens and young adults, or if one of your philanthropic mission areas is health, safety, education or arts as enrichment our organization will help you accomplish your goals.

TWP - The Youth Movement continue to grow and use innovative, youth-inspired, peer-led methods to empower youth to make better life choices. Our services reach thousands of youth from the ages of 12 to 24 in Hampton Roads yearly. Training is provided by Teens With a Purpose, the AIDS Resource Center, a division of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Health Department and the Arts Incubator Program at the Crispus Attucks Cultural Arts Center. We use evidence and research based curriculums approved by Center for Disease Control that specifically address HIV/STI, teen pregnancy, and teen violence along with original presentations prepared by our youth educators. In 2010 we began our teen safe driving initiative with the support of GEICO and Drive Smart Virginia. The advocacy work of Teens With a Purpose (TWP), our local youth development non-profit agency, has captured the attention?and wholehearted support?of media personality Al Roker of NBC?s Today Show. Roker is a board member, benefactor, and spokesman for the organization. The outstanding work of these young people was further rewarded when VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads awarded Teens With a Purpose as Youth Group Volunteer of the year.

Outreach to the community is divided into four categories consisting of community and youth facilitator training workshops, community events, and teen forums. Benefits of Peer Programs

? Young people relate well to people similar to them in age, background, and interests. ? The cultural similarity of peer promoters helps ensure that the language and messages used are relevant and appropriate. ? Peer-led programs can change social and community norms to support risk-reducing behavior. ? Peer programs allow for the direct involvement of young people in their own programs. ? Peer programs can be implemented economically.

Goals: ? To create programs that promote awareness with a clear prevention message related to HIV/Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Dating Violence, Teen Pregnancy, Bullying, and Distracted Driving injury and fatality. ? To create an environment that strengthens educational achievement. ? To ignite a desire for personal growth and learning.

645 Church Street
Norfolk, 23510
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To create a platform to empower young people to use their voices, energy, abilities and talent to demonstrate their power to effect personal change and positively impact the lives of others through the arts and peer-led programs and events. We create a safe, non-judgmental environment for self-expression for all young people as we continue to promote healthy life choices.

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Youth Development
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Youth Development N.E.C.
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