9th Annual Young Hearts Matter Event to Address Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Staff Report

Edinburg, TX, January 29, 2024 — In a concerted effort to raise awareness about teen dating violence prevention, Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Toribio “Terry” Palacios is set to host the 9th Annual Young Hearts Matter Teen Dating Violence Prevention event.

 Collaborating with Region One ESC and the Texas Council on Family Violence, the event is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Region One ESC located at 1900 W. Schunior St. in Edinburg, Texas.

This comprehensive prevention event aims to engage and educate the community on the critical issue of teen dating violence. The lineup of activities includes a youth rally, a self-defense class tailored for teens, a painting class emphasizing self-care, and the dissemination of prevention education information. Additionally, a community fair featuring various agencies, non-profit organizations, and law enforcement representatives will provide valuable resources and support.

In addition to the DA, speakers include Dr. Judy Solis, Deputy Director of Region One ESC; Texas Council of Family Violence Prevention Director Roy Rios; Yovann Salinas, Director of Counseling and Mental Health Department; and DA Victims Unit Director Rosie Martinez will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The event is not only informative but also interactive, encouraging attendees to actively participate. To add a personal touch, individuals are encouraged to bring their teen dating violence prevention posters and wear the color orange, symbolizing unity against dating violence.

The opening ceremony of the event will be live-streamed on the Hidalgo County Facebook page, commencing at 9 a.m. For those unable to attend in person, the live stream can be accessed at www.facebook.com/HidalgoCounty.

This initiative underscores the commitment of Hidalgo County to combat teen dating violence and empower the community with knowledge and resources. The event is free and open to the public, providing a valuable opportunity for individuals to come together, learn, and contribute to the ongoing efforts in preventing teen dating violence.