TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
This year, the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence selected Mount Carmel School to host the proclamation signing for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
During the event, Mount Carmel School had multiple student performances focused on understanding what teen dating violence is and how to seek support. Students recited original poems, performed two musical numbers, and gave a theatrical reading with information about teen dating violence. For inspirational remarks, Mount Carmel School invited Malyssa Castro, a survivor of teen dating violence, who has shared her personal experience and how she persevered through that time of her life.
Representing the Office of the Governor was Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, who himself is an MCS alumnus, called an AlumKnight. In his remarks after the proclamation signing, Palacios said, “…Only through discussing issues and challenges can we begin to let members of our community know that there is a problem that needs to be fixed and there are issues that we need to continuously bring to the forefront of our teenagers.”
MCS president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero said, “I’m very proud of our students for organizing this year’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month proclamation signing. I would also like to thank Ms. Malyssa Castro for sharing her story with our community. What her personal narrative gave us was an understanding about how complex abusive relationships can be and how to come out stronger through that adversity.
In the CNMI, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is celebrated in February. The event is meant to engage with students in the middle school and high school students about healthy versus unhealthy relationships.
To watch the live stream of the proclamation signing, visit Mount Carmel School’s Facebook page (@mtcarmelcnmi) or Mount Carmel School’s YouTube channel (Mount Carmel School). (PR)