View Us In the Media
Start Strong’s work has been featured in many different forms of media. Check the links below where we talk about the impact of our program across audio and visual media, written articles, and journal papers.
Prevention is Now with PCASA: Start Strong, February 3, 2021
Resource on the Go: “Sex Ed: The Truth About Pornography”, January 5, 2021
Boston Globe: Taking Care with Meredith Goldstein featuring Start Strong, July 1, 2020
AJPH Podcast: “Is Pornography the key to the sex education of teenagers?”, February 2020
The Takeaway, WNYC Studios: Porn Literacy Courses Are Helping High School Students Understand Their Misconceptions About Sex, May 29, 2019
WBUR All Things Considered: Breakup Summit Teaches Teens to Be Thoughtful. July 21, 2011
Boston Globe: Love Letters with Meredith Goldstein, “Cloudy With A Chance Of Breakup”, March 30, 2018
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), Blog Talk Radio: TeenDVMonth 2015: Lessons Learned from Love & Hip Hop, February 3, 2015
CBSN Originals presents "Speaking Frankly: Porn", November 14, 2019
CBS Boston: 'Porn Literacy' Program Educates Teens About Healthy Relationships, June 3, 2019
GBH News: Teaching 'Porn Literacy' To Young People, May 21, 2019
NBC Boston: Breakup Summit Helps Students Navigate Intense Emotions, July 26, 2018
PBS News Hour, Making the Grade: Teaching kids about healthy boundaries in the #MeToo era, May 29, 2018
CBS: Breakup Violence: Resources for Teens and Parents, October 29, 2013
BNN News: Boston Teens Create Web Drama on Relationships, February 25, 2014
The Halls Boston x LoudMindsTV, March 18, 2014
Goldstein, Meredith. “Why Every Teenager Should Attend a 'Breakup Summit'”. Shondaland, April 11, 2018
Mainer, Robert. “Domestic Violence Roundtable hosts talk on teen breakups”. Wayland, Wicked Local. January 27, 2013
Giles, Roslyn. SPECIAL REPORT: How to Break Up 101. WTVM. November 9, 2012.
Jones, Maggie. What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn. The New York Times. February 7 2018.
Annear, Steve. Health Commission Rolls Out First-Ever Web Series About Dating Violence. Boston Magazine. February 19, 2014.
Daley, Nicole. Boston Public Health Commission: The Halls web series. COPS Newsletter. June, 2014.
Beatriz, E., Lincoln, A., Alder, J., Daley, N., Simmons, F., Ibeh, K., Figueroa, C., & Molnar, B. (2018). Evaluation of a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Intervention among Urban Middle-School Youth Using Youth Participatory Action Research: Lessons Learned from Start Strong Boston. Journal of Family Violence. 33. 10.1007/s10896-018-9981-4.
Johnson, N. P., Sundaram, M. A., Alder, J., Miller, E., & Ragavan, M. I. (2020). The Lasting Influence of a Peer-led Adolescent Relationship Abuse Prevention Program on Former Peer Leaders’ Relationships, Identities, and Trajectories in Emerging Adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 088626052096790. doi:10.1177/0886260520967909
Rothman, E. F., Daley, N., Alder, J. (2020). A Pornography Literacy Program for Adolescents. American Journal of Public Health. 110, 154_156, https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305468
Rothman, E. F., Adhia, A., Christensen, A. T., Paruk, J., Alder, J., & Daley, N., (2018) A Pornography Literacy Class for Youth: Results of a Feasibility and Efficacy Pilot Study, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 13:1, 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2018.1437100
Start Strong discusses race in America
Start Strong, in partnership with MIT and MAPS created a short video highlighting how colorism impacts America.
The Peer Leader Experience
For the past 2 years I’ve been a Peer Leader 34 days a week in a program called Start Strong based out of the Boston Public Health Commission that works to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence among teens and adolescents. We delve into topics that vary from trauma, pornography, and government; recognizing their prominent roles in today’s society and the minds of our youth. But the depth of what we do comes into play on Wednesdays.
There’s about 25 of us who lead the lives of Peer Leaders; we’re assigned to different community centers throughout the city and disseminate the philosophy we’ve been trained to teach. Over a course of 16 weeks, we inform inner-city youth about the benefits and relevance of healthy relationships and self-advocacy. We explore the possibility of a sex positive world and how race, class, and gender specifically influence the LGBTQ community. This is a line of work that saves lives. And through it, these children absorb, interpret, and learn to live healthier lives, despite the environments in which they find themselves. We erect bonds with each and every child; making them a part of our lives just as much as we are now a part of theirs. Through Start Strong, we’re able to rehabilitate the coming generations and ensure a better tomorrow. I’ve found so much of who I am while working with Start Strong and can’t imagine the person I’d be without them. They’re my family. And from the dealings with my own trauma, I know of the undetectable masses, aimlessly wandering throughout life, fragmented and hindered by innumerable burdens they feel cannot be surmounted. And now, I’m trained not only to identify, but support that slighted influx. I hope that wherever this path takes me, I can assemble a unit that serves as a safe space to those in need and an informant for whomever seeks service. I aspire to make that connection and leave an impact of ineffable magnitude at your institution, just as Start Strong has for me. This passion is in no way related to the coursework in which I wish to pursue in my collegiate career but is of equal if not exceeding importance. Domestic/sexual violence and abuse are affairs of comparable significance to those such as homelessness and poverty. Epidemics that sweep not only our nation, but the 196 countries that form this Earth. And out of all those people, it only takes one; to break the rose colored glasses we’ve all become accustomed tousling and shed some light on the gore that is reality. One to repudiate the ways of a patriarchal hegemonic society that has become our norm. Someone has to provide a voice to those who’ve been silenced, someone has to pave the way, and today, that someone is going to be me.
View some photos of past participants of Boston’s Start Strong program.