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PAVE 2008 On November 1, 2008, over 85 youth and adults representing 14 schools and organizations from across the Commonwealth gathered at Simmons College for PAVE 2008: Peers Against ViolencE. The annual leadership summit is part of REACH’s teen dating violence prevention program and is designed for youth ages 14-18 who are committed to preventing dating violence in their communities.

PAVE 2008 provided over 15 free interactive workshops led by youth and adults on violence prevention, peer engagement, media literacy, and art activism. Students praised the day, noting that the workshops and discussions were “very helpful” and “educational”.

This year, REACH debuted our new Peers Against ViolencE marketing campaign: Do You Ostrichsize? Participating students received a community action toolkit and PAVE campaign materials, including “I don’t Ostrichsize” stickers, water bottles, carabineers, and flash drives. Additionally, PAVEnet and PAVE's Facebook page were introduced. REACH plans to use these tools to encourage thoughtful social networking and connect youth leadership groups across the state.

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