Real Talk: Young People & Healthy Relationships
Greater Burlington Women's Forum presents: Real Talk: Young People & Healthy Relationships
Are you curious about what dating life is REALLY like for today’s youth? Navigating the world of digital interaction while facing all the hurdles we encountered without smartphones in our hands? Our panel of experts will share what really goes on in the community each and every day in teen relationships, discuss the dynamics of sexual and gender-based violence, and provide tips to start discussions about difficult topics with the young people in your life.
Learn about the teenage dating climate and gain insights and strategies to begin conversations that will help your loved ones feel listened to, cared for, and safe as they navigate the messy process of growing up today.
Amanda Rohdenburg (she/her) is the Director of Advocacy at Outright Vermont. She earned a BA in Gender Studies and Political Science from Saint Michael’s College and has been an advocate for queer, trans, and questioning youth with Outright Vermont since 2014. She works with youth who have experienced violence as well as with service providers to help meet the needs of those youth. When not working to build safe, healthy, supportive environments for young people, Amanda cooks things from scratch and goes on adventures.
Chani Waterhouse (she/her) envisions a world where people live in loving connectedness with themselves, others and the natural world, learning most of what she needs to know through engaging with others, especially people who live with the impacts of oppression and violence. Ten years as an advocate with survivors of domestic violence informed her work in batterer intervention. The insights gained in those years serve as the foundation for her efforts as the Director of Member Relations at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The life-giving possibilities that exist in beloved community, diversity, coalition and collaboration propel Chani’s work at the Network, where she helps build and maintain infrastructures that support the resiliency of the Network and its member organizations, Vermont’s coalition to end gender-based violence, and other partnerships.
Jen Tierney (she/her) is the Youth Advocate at HOPE Works where she worked as a volunteer before joining the staff. Originally from Connecticut, Jen moved to Vermont in 2008 to attend Champlain College. Jen is an avid traveler, dedicated to fighting for human rights, and the mom to a lovely old dog named Rex.
Morgan Wagner (she/her) is the Hotline and Volunteer Manager at Steps to End Domestic Violence. She manages the 24/7 crisis helpline that serves nearly 3,000 individuals per year. Morgan provides training for advocates and manages a diverse team of volunteers who help support the work of Steps in the community. She has a degree in Neuroscience from Colgate University and has used her background in research to spearhead an initiative that connects the services at Steps to current research and best practices. Morgan is dedicated to building stronger and more inclusive communities by empowering women and all those affected by domestic violence.
Marla Goldstein (she/her) is the Education and Prevention Coordinator at Steps to End Domestic Violence. She travels to high school health classrooms in Chittenden County to lead presentations on teen dating violence, healthy relationships, and digital dating safety. She also works with local organizations, presenting workshops that expand their knowledge on dating and domestic violence. She holds a degree in Human Development and Gender Studies from Binghamton University. Using an intersectional lens, Marla strives to present information about healthy relationship practices to youth in our community with passion, honesty, and humor.
Sarah Mell (they/them or she/her) has been active in the field of sexuality education for more than a decade, with much of that work focused on college and University campuses. Trained by the award-winning education team at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, much of Sarah's work focuses on the intersection of identities and power as they relate to our understanding of intimate relationships and sexuality. As Education & Outreach Coordinator at the Women's Center at the University of Vermont, Sarah provides training and workshop opportunities for students, staff, and faculty on positive sexuality, prevention of sexual and intimate partner violence, and the experience of power and privilege in relationship to ourselves and others. As a consultant, Sarah provides training on issues of gender equity and empowerment and violence prevention. She is happiest performing on stage, or when talking with college-aged men about all things related to sexuality.
Bring a lunch, listen, learn, share, and network with women in our community. The program closes at 1:15pm with time for participants' announcements (job openings, services available, upcoming events...). The space is available until 1:30pm for informal networking.
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