During February’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students were invited to enter the 14th Annual Idaho Youth Writing Challenge.
Each year we are so inspired by young people’s vision and this year was no different! The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence was delighted to receive over 1200 submissions and honored to read what young people wrote about Accountability in Healthy Relationships.
Thank you to Malia Collins, previous Idaho Writer in Residence, for assisting with the selection of the published authors and awardees.
2023 Writing Challenge Published Authors & Awardees
2023 Accountability in Healthy Relationships Booklets
Click the image below to view the 2023 Accountability in Healthy Relationships poetry booklets for Middle School.
Click the image below to view the 2023 Accountability in Healthy Relationships poetry booklets for High School.
2023 Writing Prompts — Accountability in Healthy Relationships
Poets selected one of the writing prompts below on the theme of Accountability in Healthy Relationships.
Accountability in Healthy Relationships – Accountability is a practice of being responsible for your actions. Write about the four parts of accountability – self-reflection, apologizing, repairing, and changing behavior.
Part 1 – Self-Reflection – Understanding your actions and the impact of those actions is the first part of being accountable. Write about pausing, looking inward and sitting with uncomfortable feelings (but not with guilt or shame). Write about understanding the choices you made and getting to a place where you are willing to make things right.
Part 2 – Apologizing – Apologizing is an opportunity to share that you understand what you did and to take responsibility for the impact of your actions. Write about being authentic and courageous when apologizing for a conflict or small harm even though it was uneasy and uncomfortable.
Part 3 – Repair – Repair means making things right and rebuilding trust. Write about making things right in a healthy relationship with someone you care about who experienced a small hurt. Tell the story about rebuilding trust with a person that was harmed.
Part 4 – Changing behavior is about choosing to act differently in the future. Write about changing behavior – identify ways to act differently in the future.
Please email Layla at at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Read the published books from last year’s 2022 In Right Relationship themes.