Women’s Center recognizes healthy relationships
Special to the Tribune
During the month of February, and throughout the year, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center conducts numerous presentations to teens educating them about the warning signs of abusive relationships and the qualities that make a healthy relationship. This past February, in honor of Teen dating Violence Awareness Month, SLTWC held a Healthy Relationship Contest at South Tahoe High open to students in all grades. Students were able to nominate their own relationship and were given the opportunity to describe in the application how they demonstrate love, trust and respect with their partner.
The winners of this year’s Healthy Relationship Contest are Kalen Ippolito and Kourtney Stacey. They have been together nine months. Ippolito and Stacey wrote what makes their relationship healthy is their open communication, honesty and commitment to being there for one another. They explained how they demonstrate respect with honesty, trust, loyalty, respecting boundaries and taking responsibility for their actions. Ippolito and Stacey won a dinner for two and two free movie passes to Heavenly Village Cinemas.
The runners up are Brenda Yan and Ben Eliot, who have been together more than two years. Yan and Yan wrote what makes their relationship healthy is their open communication, their ability to forgive and the fact that they are best friends and always have fun together. They explained that they demonstrate respect by supporting each other with their goals and listening to one another. Brenda and Ben also win two free movie passes to Heavenly Village Cinemas.
February may be designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness month but it is important to talk to teens all year about what a healthy and unhealthy relationship looks like. For more information please call South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center at 530-544-2118.
– Lisa Utzig Schafer is the Outreach & Prevention Educator for the South
Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.
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