The Alternatives to Violence Center’s fifth annual Tea for Tweens, Teens and Queens is happening on April 9 at the Hillsboro High School.
The yearly event is meant to be not only a pampering experience for those tweens, teens, and the adult females who attend, but also an educational experience.
The event, set for 9-11:30 a.m. and held in conjunction with April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is free to females 11 years old and up. It will include brunch, pampering, and activities focused on teen dating violence.
Dara Gullette, a court and family advocate with the Alternatives to Violence Center (AVC), said the educational side of things will include topics like warning signs of an abusive partner, Internet safety, bullying, what resources are available in the community, and what services are provided by AVC.
This year’s featured speakers for the event are with an anti-human trafficking group out of Cincinnati, AVC Director Julie Brassel said previously.
Brassel said that it was AVC’s hope that the tea provides an opportunity for preteens and teenagers to hear about these topics while accompanied by the female adults in their lives, and that might open the doors up for conversations on the issues.
As to the pampering part of the event, stations will include massage, hair, nails, waxing, and jewelry making. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win door prizes.
The first 50 guests through the door on April 9 will get a gift bag filled with “pampering goodies,” according to the event flyer.
Sponsors of this year’s tea are the Hillsboro Eagles and the Cassner Foundation.
For more information about the event or the Alternatives to Violence Center, call 937-393-8118, visit avconline.us, or visit the agency’s Facebook page.
Reach Angela Shepherd at 937-393-3456, ext. 1681, or on Twitter @wordyshepherd.