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Community Connection: Valley non-profit BLOOM365 works to uproot abuse and cultivate kindness

Posted: 8:16 AM, May 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-10 22:23:40Z

BLOOM365 educates youth and young adults ages 13-24 on healthy (caring) v. unhealthy (controlling/abusive) relationships and what to do if they or someone they know is experiencing domestic/sexual/teen dating violence; provides phone/text/chat advocacy and group support to young victims; and activates young people to cultivate a culture of respect, empathy, kindness, equality, peace and consent for their generation and the next.

As a result, BLOOM365 improves the self-esteem, communication, conflict resolution, coping, safety and help-seeking skills of over 15,000 Maricopa County youth and young adults annually.

BLOOM365 directly implements Bloom It Up in schools and youth organizations across Maricopa County and to scale impact and trains advocates, service providers and others to implement the model in their local communities.

The 3-Core Steps of Bloom It Up are:

1. Education: Improving self-esteem, communication, conflict resolution, coping, safety and help-seeking skills through a comprehensive 7-Dose education curriculum on healthy (caring) v. unhealthy (controlling/abusive) relationships, root causes of violence and local resources for help.

2. Advocacy: Safety, healing and hope for young victims and survivors of domestic/ sexual/teen dating violence through individual advocacy, peer support groups, and text/chat/phone helpline.

3. Activation: Peers inspiring peers to cultivate a culture of respect, empathy, kindness, equality, peace and consent as the standard for all through Peer Advocate Crews (PAC) in schools, Gen Z Peer Advocate Summer and Winter Academies, social media and peer to peer activism.

To learn more about BLOOM365 call 1-888-606-4673 or visit, bloom365.org

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