PAVE Focusing On Positive Teen Dating

(Beaver Dam) A local domestic violence shelter has added a new service that they say is having an immediate impact on area youth. PAVE, People Against a Violent Environment, has brought aboard a teen advocate who is focusing on discovery dating. Executive Director Teresa Nienow says the staffer works middle-and-high-school-aged youth throughout Dodge County and goes over curriculum that discusses what a healthy personal relationship looks like. The teen advocate is able to meet with those in need if they are unable to make into PAVE. Nienow says the new position has also been a great resource for those who are staying at their shelter. She says their program had traditionally focused on the adults and younger children and often overlooked support for teenagers. The teen advocate position is one of the services supported through annual fundraisers like this Friday’s ‘Sweet Thanks’ dessert auction at the Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam. Anyone who needs PAVE’s services should get in touch with the group. PAVE’s crises lines are 800-775-3785 and 920-887-3785. They also have a texting hotline which is 920-344-0123. Their email is [email protected]