My name is Kelli Patrick and I love being a part of the HEART program and bringing a positive Abstinence insight to teenagers. I am 25 years old and am married with a little one on the way! I currently work with teenagers at Good News Church in St. Cloud and also coach JV Volleyball at Tech High School.
My story comes from the viewpoint that Abstinence is possible as seen in my own life, and can make an impact on student’s lives. I love being a positive voice in the lives of students and helping them reach their full potential. My goal is to create an opportunity for students to hear the truth behind abstinence and see how the choices they make today affect their futures.
My name is Sophie Reisner and I'm a 17 year old college student in Cold Spring. I graduated from high school in a small town in Northern Wisconsin with a reputation for teenagers with bad attitudes and all sorts of addictions. I was raised in a family that encouraged abstinence and saying "No" to drugs and alcohol. However, pretty much all of my friends were big into the weekend parties and "hooking up" for fun. I was in a constant state of peer pressure and it got pretty tiring. The reason that I love what HEART is and what it stands for is because the program not only gives statistics, but also a healthy education as to how to go about relationships. I respect everyone on the HEART team so much and their dedication to presenting to high school students. I have a passion for really educating kids on relationships and the right way to go about dating and HEART is the perfect way for me to gain experience in doing so!
I am Teghan and I love giving HEART talks with students because it makes a topic, that could be uncomfortable for some families, relatable and easier to talk about. It creates a relaxed environment where the students are free to ask questions and interact with the presentation.
HEART presentations are fun, upbeat, and impacting. Most students don’t realize the effect their choices today have on their future. I love being a part of hopefully opening their eyes to the goals they want to achieve and how to get there.
I made a lot of mistakes in life, which brought a lot of pain and heartache. Part of my process isn't just that I had to face that pain and those mistakes, but that I can use it to affect change and save others from making the same mistakes I did. For those that think it may already be too late, I hope to be an example that there is still a future for them and they can reroute to obtain goals and dreams for their future. I have a passion for abstinence and it is very real and close to my heart. I hope to be transparent for a cause bigger then myself.
Tammy brings humor, her own experiences and practicality while helping parents navigate through the challenging years of adolescence. She has approximately 10 years of experience of working with teens and has presented to over 7,000 youth in Central Minnesota on Abstinence. She shares her teachings through Spirit 92.9, a local radio station and various MOMS and MOPS groups, and other venues looking for her expertise. Tammy's background is public speaking, parent coaching, young adult life-coaching, mentoring for teens, ADR services, and faith-based counseling.