This week I went out to King George High School to plan this years’ TASA (Teens Against Sexual Assault) group. Last year’s TASA group was awesome! The kids really went with it. We started out having educational meetings where outreach staff and interns would facilitate activities and discussions on various topics ranging from sexual harassment and dating abuse to how to help a victim.
The kids then made posters on the various topics they learned about and compiled a “zine”. A zine (an abbreviation of the word fanzine, or magazine; pronounced “zeen”) is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of colored paper stock. Their zine was awesome! It was twenty pages of images, information, artwork on all the topics covered. The students published and distributed throughout their community over one hundred copies enlisting the help of parents, employers, and other community members.
This year we are enlisting all new students who range from those most at risk for unhealthy relationships to student leaders to be involved in the group. We will be meeting for one “block” bi weekly for six months to learn all different aspects of violence prevention and advocacy. I am looking forward to seeing what the kids will do to get their message out this year!