This past week, loveisrespect showed everyone at West High high school in Torrance, California what’s so important about healthy relationships!
We got to meet with over 100 students with the help of National Youth Advisory Board member Sarah Honeycutt and our newest high school volunteer Samantha Vrcic. Samantha, who is currently Miss Teen South Bay, will be competing in the Miss Manhattan Beach competition and is working with Break the Cycle to raise awareness about teen dating abuse and healthy relationships.
Sarah and Samantha set up a tabling event during lunch time, recruiting friends to pass out resources and distribute orange bracelets with “Love Is Respect” written on them to symbolize the students’ support for healthy relationships. They also encouraged students to participate in our “Love Is…” activity by defining what love means to them and provided info on teen dating abuse as well as help services so everyone knew how they could get help if needed.
“I think it is great that two students were able to bring Break the Cycle to our campus and shine a light on a serious problem,” said one West High student. Another added, “I think this is a great cause and it’s great that you are spreading the word to the school.”
What does love mean to you? To us, it means honesty, communicating with each other and — of course — respect!