Each February, the Texas Council on Family Violence promotes National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month through a statewide campaign known as “Young Hearts Matter”. This year, the Juarez Lincoln High School Academy of Public Service and Law Enforcement Club have joined forces with the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force (HCFVTF) to help alert our community of this terrible crime.

Statistics show that the preteen and teen years are the ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence, which could last into adulthood. During this volatile time, young people are learning skills on forming relationships with others, and so it takes the combined efforts of everyone in a community to educate and build violence-free schools.

To aid in distributing information and gain a better understanding on this growing problem amongst our teens, a 2K walk will take place this Saturday, February 20th from 8-10am at the La Joya ISD Stadium. This “Young Hearts Matter” event is free and open to everyone (particularly young adults) to create awareness and to teach prevention education on teen dating violence.

“It’s so important for people my age to get the right information, to hear the statistics, and to be conscious about the reality happening every day in our schools,” stated Juarez Lincoln HS Law Enforcement Club President, Samantha Martinez.

In addition to a morning-full of information, booths from local organizations, and on-site services, Hidalgo County District Attorney, Mr. Ricardo Rodriguez, will serve as honorary guest speaker of the event. Local law enforcement agencies will also be present to support this important and worthy cause.

All students and community are encouraged to be a part of this great event. So come out, wear your best ORANGE attire, and support “Young Hearts Matter” this weekend.