BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville High School juniors Hadley Barr and Hannah Weirens will soon be heading to Washington, D.C. The two students, who work closely with the national One Love Foundation, have been awarded a fellowship to attend ThisGEN: Youth Summit in D.C. from March 6 -10.
The summit will bring together student-activists from all over the country to address gender-based violence.
Throughout the week, Barr and Weirens will engage in workshops, activities and seminars and understand how social media, sports and athletes, community organizing and advocacy work toward ending gender-based violence, according to a release from the Bronxville Union Free School District.
They will also have the opportunity to explore monuments and memorials during the all-expenses paid trip, the release said.
“I am really excited about the summit because it will allow us to learn more about gender-based violence and hopefully give us some new ideas to bring back to our community at Bronxville High School,” Barr said. “I am also looking forward to meeting people from other areas of the country who are passionate about ending gender-based violence and gender-based attitudes.”
Weirens said she is passionate about educating her peers on a very serious topic that will help them throughout their lives.
“I truly believe that unhealthy relationships are preventable,” she said. “If we educate people, especially young impressionable teenagers, on the different warning signs and how to get out of the situation, the statistics involving unhealthy relationships can and will decline.”
Barr and Weirens have been actively working toward eradicating gender-based violence and educating their peers on what it means to have a healthy relationship.
They’ve worked closely with One Love Foundation, whose offices are rooted in Bronxville, and founded a One Love Club at the high school last year to further the organization’s mission.
“By opening up the discussion about relationships, I think the students are able to distinguish a healthy one from an unhealthy one much better,” said Weirens – who has played lacrosse since her freshman year and is coached by Sharon Robinson, whose cousin Yeardley Love was beaten to death by an ex-boyfriend in 2010.
The One Love Foundation, which was founded in memory of Love, works with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse.