On June 6th, one of TERA's very own Peer Educators, Chiara, won the Bebe Price Award for outstanding community service through Foothills United Way (FUW). This is a HUGE honor and we are all so grateful to FUW for acknowledging not only the amazing effort that Chiara has put toward TERA, but for recognizing the impact that the program has on teens in our community.
Chiara, age 17, and a senior in the St. Vrain Valley School District has been a Peer Educator volunteer for the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley Teens Ending Relationship Abuse (TERA) Program since spring 2007. In fact, Chiara was one of the founding members of TERA when it began in 2007 as a service project through Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at a local high school.
The TERA Program is an educational prevention program that utilizes high school students as Peer Educators. These volunteers give 45 to 90 minute presentations in middle school and high school classrooms on healthy relationships and the dynamics and prevention of abusive relationships. During the 2010/2011 academic year, the TERA Peer Educators will reach approximately 1600 students in the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Not only has Chiara held a title of “team leader” for the last 2 years, but she fully embodies a leader in every sense of the word. She is the go-to person when the group needs to organize, plan, or execute an idea. Her creativity and passion for the program are endless. She always attends trainings and meetings, supports her fellow Peer Educators, and helps to train and mentor new members. She is always kind and compassionate to students who never cease to confide in her or ask her questions after presentations. Not only is Chiara a standout Peer Educator, she is an amazing advocate for change. When asking other Peer Educators why they joined the TERA Program, it is not uncommon to hear that Chiara’s passion and positive example was a key motivating factor in deciding to join.
This school year alone, in addition to giving TERA presentations, Chiara has: recruited many new Peer Educators, setup booths at her high school to recruit members and spread awareness of teen dating abuse, helped facilitate a multi-day training for new TERA members, organized “Purple Thursdays” for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), facilitated the distribution of TDVAM materials at her high school, and appeared on the “Heart of Longmont” Radio Show to promote the TERA Program.
Chiara is very deserving of Bebe Price Award for Community Service as she has been an outstanding volunteer for the Safe Shelter TERA Program. In the 4 years of the TERA Program’s existence, Chiara has been one of the key reasons that the program has had so much success.