Prevent teen dating abuse BEFORE
Removing the barriers to help and preventing abuse before it starts will increase safety, healing and well-being for this generation of
youth and the next.
Safe and healthy relationships for all.
Our name is our promise:
Bring Love On Others More 365 Days A Year.
(Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
Educate and activate10% of youth as peer advocates and adults as trusted allies across the U.S. by the year 2030 to uproot abuse in a generation.
WHAT WE DO
We tackle a preventable problem, with tangible solutions.
We intervene early and save lives by providing trauma informed counseling, conflict resolution and coping skills to young people at risk for perpetrating violence now and into adulthood.
It was only 8th grade
And the abuse was insane
We started off as friends
And our love would never end
Until that day
Your hand reached my face
Bruises on my body but I told myself I'm fine
Even tho every night suicide was on my mind
You took everyone away from me even my mom
Running away with you with nowhere to be found
Dropped outta school cause that's what you told me to do
Fear in my eyes I could hardly breath
When you raised your fist I was hoping you would miss
I didn’t even mention you were older by 2 years
Cause every time I tried my eyes would fill with tears
Now here’s the part everyone wants hear
How bloom365 became an open ear
Well, I told my history and they said they have something for me
Gave me tools to help my community
Now I’m standing here tell my story.
At BLOOM365, we believe…
All young people, regardless of ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or race, deserve access to education, safety and opportunities to thrive.
There is no such thing as “troubled youth…” it is the world around them that is troubled.
Root cause prevention is the solution to ending interpersonal violence.
Youth, with the support of trusted adults at home, in school and throughout the community, have the power and potential to cultivate a culture of empathy, respect, consent and healthy relationships for all.
Progress and consensus lies “in the middle.” This is a place where individuals of all political, spiritual, and lived experiences come together and agree that interpersonal violence perpetrated against any/all youth, teens and adults is intolerable.
As a BLOOM365 community, we commit to:
No victim blaming, ever.
Showing up for youth every time.
Working with passion, integrity and authenticity.
Originally an "Are you blooming or wilting?" prevention concept based on research, created by our Founder, Donna Bartos and brought to life by graphic designer Brian Richardson, this tool has evolved into a promising practice approach that:
disrupts unhealthy social norms
inspires active bystander attitudes
mobilizes youth and adult allies as partners in prevention
reduces the consequences of unaddressed abuse and violence among young people.
Seed funded by Social Venture Partners Arizona, the Verizon Foundation and the Armstrong Family Foundation in the pivotal pilot years, bloom365's solutions are now scaling across the U.S.
"ARE YOU BLOOMING OR WILTING?"
STATEMENT OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
BLOOM365’s staff, board, and volunteers embrace and appreciate the diversity of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, ability, socio-economic status, and more. We are committed to creating an organizational culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion by:
1. Working to ensure our programs, services, and staff reflect the communities we serve in Arizona and beyond.
2. Educating youth and the trusted adult allies in their lives on the barriers that exist for underrepresented youth who are disproportionately victimized and work together to remove them.
3. Providing relevant and inclusive services to youth victims who have witnessed, experienced dating abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault, including youth with disabilities, LGBTQ+ youth, Black, Indigenous, youth of color and male survivors.
4. Fostering an environment that encourages underrepresented students to become Lead Peer Advocates.
Incorporating equity and inclusion in all layers of our teen dating violence/sexual assault prevention and response work is an ongoing process as we strive to be better advocates, allies and champions of diversity, equity and inclusion.