PALESTINE EAST – County youth joined the Columbiana County Employment and Family Services Department with John and Daryl Hersh from Ozer Ministries on Saturday for the 6th annual Artisans Against Domestic Violence Art Show.
East Liverpool and the Columbiana Way Station encouraged young girls involved in Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) to participate and raise awareness of domestic violence.
GLOW is about coordinating young women with mentors and guidance through the fellowship. GLOW welcomes young women who talk and discuss a variety of topics while enjoying crafts, group games, fun photos and manicures.
“We teach these young women so many different things, including body image, good self-talk. But, one of the things that we also like to talk about are the red flags and the green flags in relationships ”, The director of the tracking station, Chaney Nezbeth, explained.
Mark Blackburn, husband of the manager of East Liverpool Way Station, appreciates the connection between community organizations and Ozer ministries.
“It gets the word out. Awareness outside. Abuse that most people don’t see or hear ”, he said.
Hannah Shaffer from East Liverpool attended another event, motivating her to participate in the art exhibition.
“Just hearing the testimonies of the ladies really touched me and made me realize that it was real, very real” Shaffer said.
Shaffer’s aunt, Cindy Davie, described seeing her niece’s work as a “punch in the stomach.”
Davie is amazed at the insight her young niece had about domestic violence.
According to Blackburn, this is the third year that GLOW has participated in the show.
“We try to help girls build their self-esteem and plan for their future, as well as learn to be part of their community and give back to their community. “ East Liverpool Way Station manager Tammy Blackburn said.