Where it all began...
17 years ago it was part of my dream that the culture around violence could be changed for our children. It's happening.
On an organizational level; in 2016, WAVE adopted “Discover Your Power” an empowerment program teaching young people in middle schools, high schools and several college campuses in the Puget Sound region sexual assault awareness, self-defense and violence prevention education. DYP has become a critical mechanism to amplify our message to spot and stop domestic violence and sexual assault. In its first year, we taught over 90 programs to approximately 3,000 individuals. Big waves!
On a personal level; as difficult as it is to single out any one person that positively impacts and brings change to the landscape surrounding violence, this year I am doing just that. I am doing that because a generation has grown up since I began this journey and I believe it is those “children”, who are examples leading the charge, speaking up and out to stop violence.
This year I will “Walk the WAVE” for each and all of us, but for personal reasons as well; to applaud my daughter Jacqueline and to honor my friend Scott Shively. Jacqueline as a high school teacher understands the challenges inherent upon young people and the social culture that surrounds them on a daily basis. She is taking action, teaching empowerment education and sexual assault prevention to high school and college students through the WAVE’s “Discover Your Power Program”. Scott, was a college International Relations/Social Justice major who lived his life with purpose and integrity and took action as a bystander when he saw the call to need. His adult life was cut short, but I want him to know that I am grateful for the bravery and courage he showed in the time he was present and that his actions made a difference.
We are a strong village, you and I. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizen can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has". (Margaret Mead) We are it! Let’s do this!
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