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The Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project
What is the Youth Clothesline Project?
The Youth Clothesline Project is a display of T-shirts created by teens in the Pioneer Valley who have been affected by violence in their lives. The shirts can include pictures, symbols, colors or words to express one's feelings or tell one's story.
History of the Youth Clothesline Project
In 1999 the Clothesline Project was displayed at Mohawk Regional High School. Forty teens came forward to make shirts of their own, which began the Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project. Today the clothesline has grown to over 200 shirts created by teens!
Goals of the Youth Clothesline Project
The mission of the Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project is to: increase community awareness and education about the impact of violence on teens, help teen survivors heal from abuse and/or assault, provide support and resources to survivors and their friends family and partners.
How can you bring the Youth Clothesline Project to your school or agency?
Center for Women and Community and the YWCA of Western Massachusetts have collaborated on the Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project and we are seeking opportunities to display the project in middle and high schools and youth-serving agencies in Hampshire County. Please contact the Specialized Teen Services Program at Center for Women and Community at 413.577.0752 for more information. We can also loan the Pioneer Valley Youth Clothesline Project out to schools or organizations in Hampden or Franklin Counties. Please call the above telephone number for more information.