Teen Spoken Word Night

Presented by: Montana Book Co., The Friendship Center, and the Montana
Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Date: May 30, 2019 from 6-8 PM
Location: Red Atlas, 400 Euclid Ave

All high school students from Helena are invited to submit original poetry, essays or stories to be read aloud by the authors on Mary 30th at the Red Atlas. Writing must be related to one of the themes outlined below, limited to 800 words or an 8-minute long read.


  1. Identity
    Identity is simply, but complexly, who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you.
    What to Write:
          Who or what has shaped your identity?
          When was a time that you felt like you belonged or that you were            accepted for who you are?
          Describe a day with no assumptions, stereotypes, or biases based           on gender or any identity. What do you see/hear/notice instead?
          What parts of yourself do you love?
  2. Dating Violence/Sexual Violence
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which is dedicated to raise public awareness and educate communities on how to prevent it. Violence affects people of all ages, either directly or indirectly. Each of us can play a role in ending violence, and can support those who have experienced it.
    * An advocate will be available at the event for anyone who may need to speak to one.
    What to Write:
           What does it mean to have been affected by violence?
           Write a story about healing from harm.
           What would the community or world look like if it were free                   from violence (sights, sounds, smells, etc)?
           What does it mean to feel safe?

      3. Love and Relationships
          Love, intimacy, friendship…they can all look very different or mean               different things to different people.
         What to write:
                What is love?
                Describe the most meaningful relationship in your life.
                What makes a good friend?
                How do you define family?

The top three submissions will be awarded a gift card from downtown businesses. Selected pieces will also be printed (with author’s consent) in a Zine available at Montana Book Co.

The Rules

  1.  Student authors from all public, private, alternative, or home school settings in Helena are eligible to submit work.
  2. Authors must be available for a rehearsal on 5/15/19 from 6-8 PM at Montana Book Co. (331 N Last Chance Gulch). 

Please submit all entries to with the subject line “Teen Spoken Word Night” by end of day 5/10/19.

Performers will be notified of selection by 5/13/19.

Questions? Contact Chelsia at
or Jaime at


STAND: Survivors Taking A New Direction

The staff of The Friendship Center is excited to announce the restructuring of what was formerly known as Support Group for survivors of domestic/sexual abuse and stalking.  Every Tuesday from 1-2 pm we will be offering STAND: Survivors Taking A New Direction.  This skills-based educational framework will provide a predictable, structured, trauma-informed venue aimed at offering information, tools, and resources for individuals to take with them on their journey toward healing.  While each group will always be unique, a 7 week rotating curriculum will allow members to select which group(s) to attend based on topics they would like more information about.  For example, week 1 will always encompass the subject of domestic abuse, week 2 of the rotation will involve awareness and education about sexual assault, and so on.  We will conclude each group with 5-10 minutes of mindfulness meditation.  For a weekly schedule, please visit our calendar at or call The Friendship Center at 442.6800.

*Childcare Provided

Survivors Taking A New Direction 7 week rotation is as follows:

Week 1:  Domestic Abuse—topics may include: types of abuse, cycle of abuse, red flags, barriers to leaving, etc.

Week 2:  Sexual Assault—topics may include: consent, sexual violence continuum, gender-based violence, recovering from rape, etc.

Week 3:  Safety Planning—topics may include stalking awareness, technology and social media safety, danger assessments, formulating safety plans, etc.

Week 4:  Healthy Relationships—topics may include assertive communication, boundaries, conflict resolution, equality, etc.

Week 5:  Coping Skills—topics may include mindfulness, emotional regulation, stress reduction, tools to evaluate and correct thinking errors, etc.

Week 6:  Self-Care—topics may include goal setting, physical and emotional health, rebuilding identity, empowerment, etc.

Week 7:  Expressive Arts—using creativity to facilitate self-awareness and personal growth through a variety of activities

Thank You United Way!

We are very proud and thankful to be a partner agency of United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area! In 2016, the UWLCA awarded The Friendship Center a $12,000 emergency grant to help sustain our operations after losing an important federal grant. This emergency funding will help ensure that operations and emergency client services will continue at full capacity without interruptions.

Check out the local media coverage here:

Volunteer Crisis Line Advocacy Training

Volunteer Crisis Line Advocacy Training

Twice a year, we host a volunteer crisis line advocate training. One of our most vital services we offer is a 24/7 crisis line and that service need you!

If you’ve always thought about doing more to end domestic and sexual violence in our community, become an advocate and provide crisis intervention and support to survivors.

Training will take place over two weeks for a total of 38 hours, plus 2 hours of shadowing a staff advocate.

The next training will be held:

           Tuesday April 23rd 5:30-7:30, Dinner Provided

           Thursday April 25th 5:30-7:30, Dinner Provided

           Saturday April 27th 8:30-5:00, Lunch on your own from 12-1

           Sunday April 28th 8:30-5:00, Lunch on your own from 12-1

           Tuesday April 30th 5:30-7:30, Dinner Provided

           Thursday May 2nd 5:30-7:30, Dinner Provided

           Saturday May 4th 8:30-5:00, Lunch on your own from 12-1

           Sunday May 5th 8:30-5:00 Lunch on your own from 12-1

Check out the Crisis Line Volunteer Form and Application for more information.

Email Gina at or call 442-6800 to register.