In the Summer of 2010, Start Strong Boston held the first Break Up Summit, bringing together teens from across the City of Boston to have conversations around how to engage in healthy breakups. We created a series of tools to help facilitate conversations around the issue. To date, we have helped organizations in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Louisville, KY host summits in their locales.
The Summit is a coming-together of young people from around the City of Boston to discuss how to engage in a healthy breakup. It runs from 10am to 3pm. In the morning, all participants attend Break Ups 101, which focuses on developing a common framework for all participants on what constitutes a healthy breakup and the theme for that year. In the afternoon, the adults and teens attend workshops in different tracks that further the conversation. All workshops are 90 minutes. We opted for longer durations because we are aiming to shift value systems and not just share information. Ninety minutes give participants more time to dialogue about the issues and their challenges with the healthy breakup framework we are presenting.