The help of Door County is getting area youth involved with the FYRE program despite the challenges of not meeting in person. FYRE, which stands for Forging Youth Relationships and Education, has teens meeting virtually to encourage students to come forward and report teen dating violence. Youth Advocate Karla Romero says the goal is to give young people a voice that is heard. She says teen dating violence can manifest from an unhealthy relationship that is controlling.
Typically, Romero would hold activities and work within the area schools with students. She says the pandemic has caused challenges in getting the word out about the FYRE program, but ten teens currently are participating in Door County this year. One-hour meetings are held every other Wednesday starting at 5 pm. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.