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Center for Healthy Teen Relationships, a project of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
300 E. Mallard Dr., Ste. 130
Boise, ID 83706
2013 Love What's Real Writing Challenge
~ High School Category ~
Love What’s Real Essential Themes
Write on one of the four themes listed below on relationships and find your powerful voice!
Be real, be yourself in relationships - Sometimes in relationships we emphasize making someone happy at the expense of our own well-being. Write about the importance of being “real” in a relationship and loving yourself first.
Get started: There’s nothing better than loving yourself and being loved for who you are! Write about the things you think no one should have to give up - or pretend to be - to make a relationship work. How does knowing yourself and your boundaries improve your self-esteem? How does ignoring or hiding your boundaries hurt your self-esteem?
Equality and Relationships – When one person in a relationship makes most of the decisions or doesn’t respect the other person’s space or boundaries, it’s hard on the relationship. Write about how a relationship gets better when both people feel equally valued in the relationship.
Get started: Brainstorm a list of things that are stronger when they are equally valued, more beautiful when coordinated, or more delicious when in equal amounts; for example, links in a chain, two rock climbing partners, or peanut butter and jelly. Write about how relationships are better when each person’s unique qualities work together or how the relationship can epically fail when they don’t.
Trust and Relationships – Trust builds over time, and once broken, takes time to repair. Write about a small moment in time when you built, or rebuilt, trust with your boyfriend or girlfriend or friend.
Get started: Write about how you feel when you trust and are trusted, or how you feel when you don’t trust, or aren’t trusted. How does that impact your relationship with others and with yourself? See if you can compare trust to something in nature that is dependable and eternal, like the sunrise, or that you distrust that can be erratic and destructive like a forest fire.
Communication and Relationships – Most of us admire at least one romantic relationship where both partners know how to communicate clearly, listen actively, resist inappropriate social pressures and negotiate conflict constructively. Write about how these qualities make a relationship real.
Get started: Everyone knows that good communication is satisfying and helpful, and bad communication is frustrating, even painful. Reflect on examples of communication skills that maximize trust and minimize drama; for example, compromising versus “winning.” Write a list of communication skills you know help or hurt a relationship.
How does it work?
Create an original poem or essay! Writing must be 75 words or less (title does not count) of an original work on one of the four essential themes. Submit up to three poems or essays. Write in the language where you can best express yourself. Over 100 poems or essays will be selected that are creative and capture the spirit of one of the four themes for both middle school/junior high school and high school.
Who is eligible?
Student authors should be in middle school through high school - public, private, or alternative school settings.
Deadline for submission is midnight Friday, December 6, 2013
To learn more about this year’s rules, guidelines and essential themes for healthy relationships click here.
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