Youth Voices for Consent

Youth Voices for Consent (YVC) is a paid, youth-led program organized by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture for young people to discuss issues of power and consent while creating innovative consent culture campaigns through art and performance.

In 2018, FORCE formed Youth Voices for Consent (YVC) because we believe young people’s concerns about sexual violence need to be heard in order to end the cycle of trauma. According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), the majority of survivor’s experience violence before the age of 21. Our mission is to empower young people with skills to recognize boundaries and express themselves, build healthy relationships, and shift the narrative about young people in Baltimore.

Through an extensive recruitment process, we hire Youth Residents from across Baltimore City who gain professional skills in artistic, entrepreneurial, and organizing development by using art to spark conversations about consent.

Youth Residents will gain creative and professional skills through:

  • Visual and performance art
  • Campaign development
  • Participation in consensus-based decision making process
  • Learning tools to resist Rape Culture
  • Designing programs to teach other young people in your community about consent
  • Organizing a Baltimore Youth Summit to be held at the conclusion of the residency

Although applications are now closed, reach out to us to learn more about the program:

Youth Voices for Consent have just ended their 2020 virtual Summer Program. FORCE worked with 9 creative and passionate Youth Residents that collaborated with other young people to create visual and/or performance art to teach other young people about consent and healthy relationships. At the end of this residency, they will co-organize a Baltimore Youth Summit to engage other young people in this work. YVC is LGBTQIA+ friendly and anti-racism.

YVC Summer 2020 session run July 1st- August 7th, 2020. We met online (due to COVID 19) three times a week for fours hours. Before COVID 19, we met at FORCE studio located in Motor House at 120 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD. Youth Residents are expected to attend every session as well as the Baltimore Youth Summit, a day-long event date TBD. There will be no program on holidays or during inclement weather.

My Body, My Boundaries: A Virtual Workshop for Families

In My Body, My Boundaries, we teach elementary age children about their bodies and gives them the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe.  They learn how to recognize physical boundaries, say “NO” to abuse and bully, and report abuse to trusted adults. It is crucial that our children learn to use a strong voice regarding their rights, especially about their bodies, so they can grow into strong, confident pre-teens, teenagers, and adults.

We trained our Youth Residents to facilitate My Body, My Boundaries for Elementary School Families. We are now offering this FREE workshop virtually via Zoom for all families with elementary age children across the United States! We have facilitated five workshops in July and August 2020.

This one-hour workshop led by youth facilitators uses an evidence-based curriculum and inspires ongoing healthy conversations at home. We accomplish this by focusing on teaching the following concepts:

  • How to correctly name body parts
  • How to recognize physical boundaries
  • How to say “NO”
  • How to report abuse to trusted adults
  • How to successfully communicate between parents and children
  • How to respect and love your own body

We work across generations to strengthen family communication and interaction. For this reason, it is imperative all children participate with a family member or caregiver.

Together, we can build a better future.