Laura's House HEART School Club Featured Interview
From our interview with club president, Taira Ramdhani of Cypress High School
Thank you for leading the Laura’s House HEART School Club at your high school. Through your leadership, your club is building a base of support for addressing and preventing teen dating abuse, domestic violence and bullying. We want to recognize your efforts by featuring you and your club on our teen website. Please respond to the following questions.
Tell us a little bit about your club. What is your club name? What is your mission?
Our club here at Cypress high is HEART Club (Healthy Emotions and Attitudes in Relationships Today). Our missions is to educate the minds of teens by showing them how to stay in a safe and healthy relationship with educating them on the red flags and dating 101. We also want to show them the reality of an abusive relationship while giving those who are victims, support. We are very much focused on supporting and helping out the Laura’s House shelter in any way that we can.
Why did you want to start a HEART school club at your school?
After hearing Jennifer Ponce’s presentation in my health class, I was immediately touched and felt the immediate need of wanting to help or contribute my time to Laura’s House in any way that I possibly could. I knew that starting a club would be one of the best ways to reach out to those at my school and those at Laura's House.
What are your goals for the HEART school club on your campus?
Our goal for HEART Club has not only been to spread awareness of domestic violence, but has also been to create a safe environment for those affected by it and provide them with the best sources of help provided through Laura’s House. HEART Club also continues to set up fundraisers and drives in support of the Laura’s House shelter.
What are some of your club’s achievements on campus?
Some of the achievements we’ve had on campus this year was our Purple Ribbon week in October when we tied purple ribbon around all the trees in the quad, our clothing drive for the Laura’s House Retail Store, our drive for the Laura's House Wishlist, and having Molly and Jennifer giving their presentations at our meetings are always a pleasure.
What do you hope to do when you graduate from school?
After I graduate I hope to leave HEART Club in good hands while I move on to share the knowledge I have gained through this experience with my peers in college.