These young artists, poets and activists from sixteen high schools and intermediate schools around New York City gathered at the Center Against Domestic Violence main office on June 8.  They were honored by Rona Solomon, the Center’s Deputy Director, for their prize winning posters and poems to end teen relationship abuse.

The Citywide grand prizes were presented to Christina Ogbotiti  of St. Joseph’s High School in Downtown Brooklyn and Sasha Alexandra Minkh of Sheepshead Bay High School.  Amal Masud of Tottenville High School and Aleksandra Gorenburg of George Egbert Intermediate School, both in Staten Island, won the Citywide second and third place prizes.

Other first place winners included: Amanda Martinez of FDR High School in the Bronx, Rishi Yuvaraj Thakkar of Franklin K. Lane High School in Queens, Brianna McLean of Gershwin Junior High School in Brooklyn, Lissy Mann of Halsey Middle School in Brooklyn, Larry White of Park West High School in Manhattan, Tatiana Fowler of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Brooklyn and Sonya Appon-Lewis of Washington Irving High School in Manhattan.

Congratulations to these students for helping end teen relationship abuse.

Each winner received a certificate and a cash prize.  See some of the winning designs here.

One of the most important things we can teach teens is how to build healthy relationships.  Another is how to recognize danger in a relationship.  The third is how to plan for safety in dangerous situations.

The Relationship Abuse Prevention Program teaches teens how to grow into a safe and healthy tomorrow.  The Relationship Abuse Prevention Program is funded by the NYC Human Resources Administration.  With help from the George Link Foundation and the Verizon Foundation, the Center is able to include a parochial high school and to test Relationships are Elementary – the Center’s groundbreaking elementary school violence prevention program.  The Center Against Domestic Violence operates relationship abuse prevention programs in seventeen elementary, intermediate and high schools in New York City, reaching 30,000 students each year.