The Texas Advocacy Project, a statewide non-profit organization which provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, has named Lake Travis High School sophomore Zoe Arora as its Teen Ambassador of the Year 2017 for her efforts to promote awareness and prevention of dating abuse in her community.
Hosted by the Texas Council on Family Violence and TAP, Zoe was one of several teens from across the state who spoke directly to legislators at the Texas Capitol February 1 in the first-ever Youth Rally Day in honor of National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month. Empowered by the theme "Young Hearts Matter," she and her peers addressed the importance of healthy relationships and fully funding domestic violence programs.
Zoe is one of 25 student leaders participating in TAP's Teen Ambassadors of Hope program. In addition to learning about healthy relationships, ambassadors also receive training on leadership, marketing, and branding as part of their participation.
The campaign consists of three goals:
- engage young leaders in raising awareness about dating violence;
- promote TAP's mission and services; and
- raise needed funds that will go directly towards helping clients
Members are also invited to participate in an exclusive leadership training opportunity at the University of Texas - LBJ School of Public Affairs.