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. With 1 in 3 young people experiencing dating violence, DYP has become a critical mechanism to amplify our message. 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”, ones from my own village no less, 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!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.