Healthy Relationships for Teens

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Healthy Relationship Youth Summit

The YCC Family Crisis Center’s Prevention Team and Sexual Assault Department are hosting a free one-day conference for students in 7th-12th grades. The conference will be held Saturday, February 4th at Weber State University in the Shepherd Union building from 9:00 am-2 pm. Students will have the opportunity to choose from 3 of the 12 breakout sessions, along with one opening and one closing general session. Each breakout session will be led by local professional educators including The Weber State University Women’s Center, The University of Utah, The Utah Health Department, The Weber-Morgan Health Department, the Ogden P.D & Weber County Sherriff Dept., The Rape Recovery Center, UDVC, and UCASA. We will teach with a trauma-informed perspective, knowing that some students have suffered through some of their own personal trauma. At the beginning of the conference, upon check-in, students will be given a bag with goodies, local resource information, a t-shirt, and a lanyard with the conference schedule. This event is free of charge and includes a free lunch!

Learning Objectives: By the end of the summit, students will have a better understanding of the attributes of a healthy relationship vs. an unhealthy or abusive one. Students will have the opportunity to hear from different community members on a variety of topics that will give them the tools to better understand their personal needs in any relationship, from romantic relationships to family or friend relationships. Students will be better equipped to help their loved ones by knowing the available resources they have in their community.

Registration available through the button below.

Date Positive Healthy Relationship Youth Summit 2023 Schedule

8:45 AM-9:00 AM Student check-in

9:00 AM-9:10 AM Opening remarks

9:10 AM-10:00 AM Keynote speaker – Sheriff’s Department: Online Sextortion

10:05 AM-10:55 AM Breakout session #1

Supporting LGBTQ+ Friends Encircle Wildcat Theater
Rape Culture UCASA Ballroom A
What is Love? Weber-Morgan Health Dep. Ballroom B
Bystander Intervention Rape Recovery Center Ballroom C

11:00 AM-11:50 PM Breakout session #2

How Trauma Affects Youth Brent Hinsely Wildcat Theater
Superheros and Super Bodies Amber Paaso Ballroom A
Family Relationships Weber-Morgan Health Dep. Ballroom B
Consent Rape Recovery Center Ballroom C

11:50 PM-12:20 PM Lunch break

12:25 PM-1:15 PM Breakout session #3

Emotional Abuse Workshop WSU Safe@Weber Wildcat Theater
Student Prevention Leaders Communication Barriers  Ballroom A
Thank U, Next Haylee Oyler Ballroom B
Cultural Differences in Dating Karina Compean Ballroom C

1:20 PM-1:50 PM Closing remarks – Brent

Out by 2:00 PM

Speaker List:

  • Brent Hinsely
  • Haylee Oyler
  • Amber Paaso
  • Karina Compean
  • Sheriff’s Department
  • Utah Coalition of Sexual Assault
  • Rape Recovery Center (x2)
  • Weber-Morgan Health Department (x2)
  • Ogden Pride or Encircle
  • WSU Women’s Center Safe@Weber
  • Student Prevention Group

Session descriptions:

***KEYNOTE: Online Sextortion 

Sheriff’s Department 

We will provide ways to stay safe online, red flags to look for, and what to do if you or a friend become a victim of sextortion.

Session 1:

Supporting LGBTQ+ Friends


This Cultural Humility training provides a safe space to learn and ask questions surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. This presentation covers research on issues that affect the mental health and wellness of this community. It also defines terms and best practices when it comes to maintaining relationships with your LGBTQ+ friends.

Rape Culture


Students will learn about the history of laws against sexual abuse and discuss definitions of rape culture, coercion, and consent.

What is Love?

Weber-Morgan Health Department

This presentation will break down what romantic love is, how love can be confused with other emotions, and how the messages we receive about love and relationships can shape our attitudes and reactions.

Bystander Intervention

Rape Recovery Center

You saw something happen and wished you had done more to help. It’s difficult to know what to do or how to support someone in a harmful situation. In this session, we will discuss ways we can support others when we recognize that they may be in an unsafe situation or relationship and share helpful resources.

Session 2:

How Trauma Affects Kids

Brent Hinsely 

Bad things happen to us all growing up that can affect our future relationships. Come learn healthy ways to deal with your trauma and prevent the past from repeating itself.

Superheros and Super Bodies

Amber Paaso

This workshop will explore the media’s portrayal of masculinity through the trope of the superhero.  It will examine the evolution of manhood and the ideal male body through the lens of our most iconic male protagonists. Participants will discuss how the media’s representation of gender and masculinity impacts social norms and relationships.

Family Relationships

Weber-Morgan Health Department

This presentation discusses what family means to us, looking at our own family, discussing our responsibilities within our families, and how our behaviors can impact our family members.


Rape Recovery Center

Session 3:

Emotional Abuse Workshop

WSU Safe@Weber

This workshop gives participants the tools to identify and explain the different types of emotional abuse. Participants will also learn to assess and observe when someone is being emotionally abused and gain skills for intervening and supporting survivors of emotional abuse.

Communication Barriers

Student Prevention Leaders

This session will cover how our differences sometimes make us hesitant to meet new people. Understanding how to respectfully communicate with people from different backgrounds can be a powerful tool in creating relationships where your differences are celebrated. 

Thank U, Next

Haylee Oyler

Breakups are hard. Regardless of how long your relationship lasted, losing someone can be scary. In this session, we will talk about how to break up with someone and how to care for yourself after. 

Cultural Differences in Dating

Karina Compean

Influences of culture, music, novelas, and socially acceptable behaviors challenge what healthy relationships should look like.

How Can You Love Better?

Click on the buttons below to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about teen dating and relationships.

Education is the key to how we grow as individuals and how we flourish as a community. At YCC Family Crisis Center, we strive to educate the community about the struggles that women, children, and men go through when they experience family violence and/or sexual assault. YCC staff members provide skill-building classes for both kids and teens that will help them to better self-regulate and understand and manage their emotions. Our teachers are purposeful about building relationships with the children and teenagers in order for them to build an environment where they feel safe to learn. These classes are fun and educational and help students discover how to apply practical skills within their family and friendships.

Resources for Teens

YCC provides free presentations on Healthy Relationships to schools and youth groups. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your school or community group, contact Brent Hinsley, Community Engagement Coordinator.

TEAL for Teens through YCC

TEAL for Teens is a support group for sexual assault survivors 14-17 years old. It is a safe space for teens to share and process the emotional impact of sexual trauma and develop skills to promote healing and healthy relationships. For more information, email or sign up HERE.

Other Resources

Love is Respect

This web resource provides information and resources on dating violence and healthy dating attitudes and relationships for youth. The site includes early warning signs, types of abuse, the cycle of abuse, and quizzes for teens to determine whether they are experiencing or inflicting abuse, a live chat feature that connects youth with a peer advocate 24/7, videos, a blog, and more. In addition to the live chat, Love is Respect connects youth to the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453. Youth can also reach out for help by texting “loveis” to 22522.


Users pick up to six friends to join their circle. Features include Come Get Me, which sends a text to your circle of friends with your exact location using GPS coordinates. Another option, Call Me, sends a text to your circle that says. “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” The app also connects users to national hotlines and has helpful links to information about sexuality, relationships and safety.


One feature called Time to Leave is designed to give you a quick out with a fake call. It sounds like it’s your mom or sibling interrupting you with an urgent request. There are several preprogrammed “interruption messages” such as, “Hey, I’m locked out, can you come let me in.” Another feature, called Expect Me, will alert a friend if you don’t show up to a destination when you’re expected. Angel Drink is a quick way to signal to a waiter or waitress that you want help to exit a situation or separate yourself from a person who is making you feel uncomfortable.


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How does it work?

  • Add your date plans into the app
  • Privately choose Safe Mates from your contacts
  • Set a Safe Time to check-in after your date finishes
  • Simply check-in once your date finishes before your Safe Time
  • When you check-in, your Safe Mates don’t get notified
  • If you don’t, your Safe Mates are sent the details of your date
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