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New Experiential Workshop: In Their Shoes
Many thanks and congratulations to Katherine Chiu and Riley Oâ€™Donnell-Zwaig who recently completed the creation of an experiential workshop about teen dating violence titled â€œIn Their Shoes.â€
Katherine and Riley are two of three high school students who worked on the project. They interned with HopeWorks as part of Howard County Public School Systemâ€™s Gifted and Talented Program. The third student, Maddie Hardy initiated work on the project in 2014. Maddie first served as Gifted and Talented Program Â intern and stayed on as a summer intern. A fourth student, Erin Cannon, donated her talents as an artist to create illustrations for the workshop materials.
In Their Shoes is a teen version of the well-known original program called â€œIn Her Shoes.â€ Â Â In Her Shoes was created to allows participants to imagine life as a woman experiencing violence. It originates from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Similarly, In Their Shoes is an interactive, educational exercise used in a workshop setting to help us connect to the reality teens experiencing relationship violence, deepen our empathy and compel us to take action. In Their Shoes will be offered in the community in Fall 2015.