Rights Now!

Rights Now!

Rights Now! Healthy Relationship Training for Teens and Young Adults

Legal Momentum is a proud partner in New York City’s Young Women’s Initiative (YWI), an innovative empowerment movement that fosters young women of color to become leaders in their communities and beyond. As part of the YWI, Legal Momentum has created Rights Now!, a training curriculum that focuses on teaching young women and girls ages 16-24 about healthy relationships, responding to gender-based harassment and violence, and their legal rights, in plain language workshops presented by peer educators working together with Legal Momentum staff experts. Rights Now! provides age-appropriate education aimed at increasing young people’s awareness of the conditions and factors that contribute to dating violence and unhealthy relationships. 

Rights Now! provides young adults with the tools they need to recognize, prevent, and navigate against violence that can easily derail their lives. These workshops equip girls and young women with the skills and resources that can help them escape abusive partners, stalking, or dating violence. Rights Now! also teaches young women about legal resources they can turn to for help, and how to report and respond to violence that occurs in school.

Rights Now! teaches young women about:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Sexual harassment and bullying
  • Sexual assault
  • Online abuse
  • Legal rights

Rights Now! workshops are offered throughout the city at organizations such as:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Harlem
  • Frederick Douglass Academy
  • YWCA of Brooklyn
  • Voces Latinas of Queens
  • Family Justice Centers in all 5 boroughs

Through the Rights Now! program, Legal Momentum also gives presentations on healthy relationships and responding to sexual violence in schools for city and law enforcement officials, social workers, school employees, and community-based organizations that serve children.

In addition to providing youth with training, Rights Now! assists victims who have been assaulted at school to get time off, defer test and paper deadlines, get counseling, and ensure that their rights are protected in school hearings. The program focuses on the most vulnerable and neglected groups, including members of the LGBT community, young adults in the foster care system, children in juvenile detention, and immigrants.

The goal of Rights Now! is for all young women of color who participate in this program to become mentors and role models to their peers, and to work with Legal Momentum, one another, and the Young Women’s Initiative to promote healthy, violence-free relationships. 

Legal Momentum thanks the New York City Council, under the Leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, for creating the Young Women’s Initiative. Rights Now! is made possible by a grant from the New York City Council. 

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