PCS 11th grader, Africa Smith, traveled to Washington, D.C. for a reception at the White House concerning healthy teen relationships. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, and a ceremony acknowledging this month was held at the White House on February 28th.
Africa has worked with both Start Strong Rhode Island and Hook Up with Respect, two local organizations that support healthy teens, encourage healthy dating relationships, and give sound dating advice.
As a part of this event, Africa joined teens from all over the U.S. to share the youth perspective on this initiative and to advocate for teens.
Africa became involved with Start Strong initially through her work with Young Voices, another empowering group for teens in Rhode Island.