Summit helps helps students to build healthy relationships
Young people got life lessons on healthy versus unhealthy relationships at a student leadership summit held at Government House attended by a host of the island’s social service agencies.
Rena Lalgie, the Governor, hosted the gathering with Deputy Governor Alison Crocket from July 12 through 14.
The summit was led by the American group One Love Foundation, dedicated to preventing relationship violence and abuse.
The foundation was created in memory of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old college student who was murdered in 2010 by her ex-boyfriend.
Thirty students aged 14 to 22 from public and private schools as well as universities attended the summit.
Among their lessons were the ten signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as how to communicate boundaries and practise consent, help friends and navigate break-ups.
Tammy Richardson-Augustus, a lawyer introduced to the One Love Foundation two years ago, said: “The venue and the unwavering support of the Governor and Deputy Governor lent credibility to the event and signalled to this demographic the significance of this issue and the value of their voices.”
She said the inaugural summit would help set “ambitious goals” for a cultural shift in which relationship training became part of the school curriculum.
Katie Hood, chief executive of the foundation, said relationship health was “a universal issue – and early education is key in shifting societal norms for generations to come”.
David Burt, the Premier, attended, alone with Jevon Williams, the chairman of the Coalition for Protection of Children; Tawanna Tannock, immediate past chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission; Patrice Madeiros, a domestic violence liaison officer at the Bermuda Police Service; Tiffanne Thomas, executive director of Transitional Community Services; Laurie Shiell of the Centre Against Abuse; Sandy DeSilva, executive director of Family Centre, and Dani Pen of Raleigh International.