Ending Violence Against Women

Youth LEADS with Men Can Stop Rape in Washington, D.C.


Youth LEADS (Leverage, Energize, and Define Solutions) is a Biden Foundation initiative to combat gender-based violence among youth by providing young leaders with the platforms, network, and organizational support they need to create change.

Despite decades of progress towards ending gender-based violence, time seems to have stood still for young people. Eighty percent of sexual assault victims experienced their first assault before they were 25. But while teens and young adults face the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence, they are rarely tapped to identify solutions to this problem.

The Biden Foundation wants to change that.

Through a series of youth engagement sessions taking place around the country, the Foundation will work directly with young leaders and organizational partners to:

  • Identify trends that perpetuate cycles of violence
  • Amplify the voices of youth within their communities
  • Educate policy makers and stakeholders about the needs of youth

To learn more about upcoming engagement sessions, or learn how your organization can get involved, contact [email protected].



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