About Us

A hard day at work is nothing compared to the difficulty of summoning courage in the face of isolation and violence….
-Stephanie Nilva, Executive Director

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I take on this challenge because I wholeheartedly believe that bringing these voices together will create a space to strengthen our shared community.
-Jean Sung, Youth Voices Network Member

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Each day, I get to see some of the strongest and most impressive young people overcome unbelievable odds.

-Ian Harris, Former Staff Attorney

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...I survived, and that's the story I want to tell here.
-Youth Voices Network Member

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If an adult had asked me to think about any of those questions, what a huge difference it would've made in my life!
-Claudia Martinez, Former Community Educator

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I learned to stay silent and keep it to myself....
-Ginger, Youth Voices Network Member

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...the struggles and emotions of that time can come right back....
-Katie, Youth Voices Network Member

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...a message is sent to women everywhere that if they come forward after being raped, people will question them.
-Youth Voices Network Member

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We as a society seem quite willing to forgive athletes for crimes of assault and abuse because they entertain us.
-Jean Sung, Youth Voices Network Member

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No one called it abuse. The signs were there, but I didn't see them.
-Youth Voices Network member

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Day One partners with New York City youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Serving the five boroughs of New York City, Day One uses an empowerment model that invests and involves young people in maintaining safe relationships for themselves and their peers.  


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