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Start Strong provides a number of resources and tools for adults and young people.  Working with our Peer Leaders, we have a number of tools and resources available for Adults, Break Ups, Relationships and Media.

Break Up Summit Adult Break Up Tool: This tip sheet provides a list of activities that an adult can practice that will improve their ability to support young people during a difficult time.

Adult Active Listening Handout: This tool is a visual aid that highlights the value of empowering, empathizing, and asking questions when having conversations with young people. 

Tips for Adults: This tip sheet provides specific messages for adults to practice when engaging in conversations with young people. 

Supporting Your Teen Remember your first high school partner? Remember how it felt when you broke up? Dealing with a break up is difficult at any age. As adults, watching a young person go through a break up can remind you of the lessons learned and we want to share that information. This tool is a helpful reminder of what we already know, broken down into concrete points.

Break Up Summit Apps: Ending a relationship can be hard for everybody involved. Hurt, frustration, anger, and sometimes even a sense of relief can make break-ups feel overwhelming. Regardless of the emotions you are feeling, it's important to think about how you will act so that you can have a healthy break-up. These "application" questions will help you navigate through the breaking-up process. 

U R Breaking Up: The way you communicate often determines how well your message is received. This is especially true when you are breaking-up. Use this tool to help you pick the best strategy for being heard. Like the reception bars on your phone, the more bars you have the stronger and clearer your message will be. 

Take 3: Taking time away from technology, taking time for yourself, and taking responsibility of your actions are 3 critical steps that can help anyone after a difficult time. Use this sheet to outline what steps you can take to ensure a healthier healing process after a break up. 

Healthy Relationship Quiz: Each relationship is unique, but all healthy relationship shave a few things in common. In a healthy relationship there should be trust, support, respect, equality, and it should be fun. Take the quiz below and find out how healthy your relationship is! 

Warning Signs Tool Understanding red flags in a relationship help with prevention.  Learn the signs, trust your gut, and pay attention to patterns of behavior.

Relate and ReflectSelf-Reflection can sometimes feel difficult, so we have an activity that will help us break it down, so it doesn't feel so overwhelming.  Understanding yourself takes time and is ever evolving, allowing you to feel more aware of patterns of behaviors in your relationship. 

True View: The media we watch affect us and guide our expectations. Since media can have an influence on our health and the health of our relationships, it is especially important to be a critical viewer. Use this tool to help you discover is the media you watch portrays healthy or unhealthy relationships. Get comfortable, get online, and get the whole picture. Watch these YouTube videos created by Start Strong to help learn how to use this tool:

Sound Nutritional Label: Music, like food, can feed our brains and give us energy. But, it also can be filled with ingredients that can affect us negatively. Some music may even have an influence on our health and the health of our relationships. This instrument will help you evaluate the "nutritional" value of the music you might listen to. We want you to put on your headphones, turn up the volume and become a song lyrics nutritionist. Here are some helpful resources to help you learn how to spot the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationship songs:

Reel Binary: The media we consume can reinforce sometimes harmful societal norms. The characters we see on the screen can become the unspoken rule for how men and women should behave, which can impact our perceptions of ourselves and others. This makes it especially important to be a critical viewer. Use this tool to help you discover if the show or movie you watch is portraying men and women through a stereotypical lens. Get comfortable, get online, and get the "reel" picture. Whether it's a new show or an old favorite, rate the character as if you are watching them for the first time. 

Social Media SabotageConversations, like food, can feed our brains and give us energy or impact us negatively.  Some conversations may have an influence on our health and the health of our relationships. This instrument will help you evaluate the "nutritional" value of the conversation you have.

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