Pearl Crisis Center program focuses on self esteem, honoring victims

The Pearl Crisis Center in Milaca continued its Teens Against Dating Abuse series with a summer, all-day event last Wednesday, June 25.

At the TADA event, about a dozen teenagers met to learn about self-esteem, critics, media portrayal and to honor victims of abuse.

“A lot of the kids participated and were excited about the activities,” said Tearza Jones, who heads the program. “I think self-esteem is an important issue to talk about, especially with this age group, because it is so hard.”

Participants in the TADA program at Pearl Crisis Center show off their projects that will become the Memorial Rock Garden for victims of abuse.  Times photo by Tyler Ohmann

Participants in the TADA program at Pearl Crisis Center show off their projects that will become the Memorial Rock Garden for victims of abuse.
Times photo by Tyler Ohmann

TADA is a program for teens to meet and talk about the issues that affect them. The participants meet once a month during the school year and then usually have either one big event in the summer or three smaller ones like they are doing this year.

“We talk about issues that are happening to them right now in their lives,” Jones said. “It’s just kind of helping them with skills, and these hard times growing up.”

To honor abuse victims who have died in Minnesota, the kids painted rocks for a memorial rock garden that will be in front of Pearl.

The next two sessions of TADA this summer will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, and Saturday, Aug. 9; lunches are included. The final session will be a self-defense class. The events are all free.

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