Arlington’s Project PEACE Launches Askable Adult Initiative – Official Website of the Arlington County, Virginia Government

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Published on August 15, 2022

Access to adults who listen, offer support and understanding, and answer questions without judgment increases youth resilience. With that goal, the Arlington Project PEACE is launching the Askable Adult initiative to ensure that every young person in Arlington County has at least one supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult—a “questionable adult”—in their life.

Project PEACE, Arlington’s coordinated community response to intimate partner and sexual violence, and its partners believe everyone has a role to play in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth in our community. The most common factor for teens developing resilience to stress and adversity is having At least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult.

This was recently announced by the US surgeon general Adolescent mental health is a national public health crisis. Mental health problems increase during times of stress, and stressors have skyrocketed with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are the same preventive strategies that promote mental health — such as:help prevent a range of negative experiences such as child abuse, bullying, suicide and violence. Ultimately, youth challenges cannot be addressed alone, but through the combined efforts of young people, their families, local communities, private organizations and all levels of government.

A questionable adult is an individual that a young person has identified as willing and able to listen, offer support and understanding, and answer questions without judgement. Questionable adults encourage positive youth development so they can reach their full potential.

The latest data from Arlington Public Schools spring 2020 6th-12th student survey of the class shows that only 42% of Arlington Middle and High School students talk to an adult at home about what is most or almost always important to them. The Askable Adult initiative aims to help adults in Arlington step into that role.

The Arlington Askable Adult initiative includes the following components:

  • Constantly become questioner Workshops starting this fall to support hands-on learning for individuals, groups and organizations.
  • A mobile booklet, Askable Adult, produced by Project PEACE and its partners Second Chance and the Arlington Foundation for Families and Youth, offers strategies for strengthening the ability to be questionable and provides local resources to help along the way. The brochure is available in four languages ​​(English, Spanish, Mongolian and Amharic) and can be distributed free of charge to any community.
  • A site with regularly updated information, resources to improve skills and strengthen support, and ways to get involved with the Askable Adult initiative.

The Arlington County Askable Adult initiative will be presented to the public at the 2022 Arlington County Fair over the weekend of August 19-21.

About the PEACE project:
Arlington County’s Project PEACE (Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone) is a coordinated response aimed at advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection and support services to address intimate partner and sexual violence End violence in the community of Arlington.

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