Thanks in large part to the blog post that Ruth over at Cranium Crunches wrote, my attention was directed to the work of two remarkable women, Amy Wise and Jennifer Meyers, Co-Founders of R.I.S.E. to Empower, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California.
R.I.S.E. to Empower is a passionate leadership team helping teenage girls to Reflect Internally and Share Externally. By empowering girls with skills and tools now, it sets them up to make positive choices that will carry them forward for their lifetime.
Open letters to our younger-selves abound on the Internet. Passionate messages that encourage the teen we once were to believe that she is enough.
If only she didn’t have to wait and learn the hard way…
That is why I am so passionate about R.I.S.E. to Empower — their commitment is to grow strong confident women of tomorrow, today, one teenage girl at a time.
Amy and Jen are the real deal, their powerhouse strengths are their combined real-life experiences and training. Together they are ideal leaders to foster positive growth in young people from all walks of life.
R.I.S.E. to Empower offers a 3 month program that empowers teenage girls to make positive choices by offering a transformational experience in which they will be asked to take a deep look at their lives, the challenges they are faced with daily and their relationship to choice.
Today is “Giving Tuesday“ and this year in support of R.I.S.E. to Empower, I am donating my time as a guest speaker for one of their teen groups along with 36 copies of my book, Tornado Warning, A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman’s Life.
As a survivor of teen dating violence I know I am lucky to be alive. Furthermore, if we turn to the staggering statistics — I had a better chance of being plagued by domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, an eating disorder or worse — then being an author and an inspirational speaker. I was raised with love, and opportunity and it wasn’t enough.
When I look back at my own teenage years I can only wish that a program like R.I.S.E. to Empower existed. 1 in 4 women will experience some form of abuse in her lifetime. I am asking you today to help reduce that number because one is too many.
By donating to R.I.S.E. to Empower today — you will help a girl to develop the skills she needs to evaluate her life, plan for her future, and build on positive decisions with the help of a facilitator-led group.
Whether their goals are to pursue higher education, build healthy relationships, or live life at their highest and best potential R.I.S.E. to Empower is dedicated to helping girls make the choices that will allow them to create bright futures for themselves and ultimately, to fulfill their dreams!
R.I.S.E. to Empower is an advocate that empowers teen girls to find their joy, follow their heart and live their dreams.
You have the power to bring the 3 month R.I.S.E. to Empower Program to continuation schools, the juvenile system, foster schools, and public and private schools.
Together we can create confident women of tomorrow, today…