According to the Grand Rapids 2008 Youth Survey, the issues affecting teens were: pressure to have sex, concerns about sexual harassment, teen pregnancy, school violence, and sexually transmitted infections. Teens may not always recognize the risks that come with relationships. RAVE uses the Safe Dates model. Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. The end result? Teens gain the skills needed for healthier relationships. RAVE is free to schools, offering after-school and summer programs serving middle and high-school students in Kent County.

Yesterday, I had a shoot with some of the students in this program down at Grand Rapids Community College. The students were a little apprehensive about the shoot but with the help of their RAVE instructor all their nerves went away. As the shoot progressed later in the day the teen became very open and helpful with the shots I needed for this shoot. On this shoot was my intern advisor Amber and the new summer intern Grace.


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