"There will be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes. These moments will change you. Let them make you stronger, smarter, and kinder."
To empower and build resilience in teens so they can handle the challenges they're facing now and will face in the future.
Middle School & High School
Living In A Diverse World: Part of resiliency is being flexible and open minded. We live in a world with different races, physical attributes, cultures, beliefs, and ideas. Embracing these differances is the first step to learning from other peoples experiences, enriching our lives, and making us stronger.
Accepting Others & Ourselves: We all have different strengths and weeknesses. Sometimes one or the other is more visible, but it is important to remember that no one is perfect. We also don't know how our current struggle will shape our future. Acceptance is the first step in turning struggles into furture strengths.
Belonging: We all have a need to belong. What some people don't realize is there are two approaches to achieving a sense of belonging. A passive approach and an active approach. Power, strength, and resilience comes from the active approach.
Hope: Hope is one of the most powerful feelings a person can cultivate. Without hope a person who seems to have every advantage will fail, and with hope a person who seems to have every disadvantage will succeed. It's important to remember the past doesn't equal the future, and we all have the capability to learn, grow, improve ourselves, and shape our future.
Marie-Christine Williams Sharing Her Story: Learn more here.
Speaking at Middle Schools & High Schools
Speaking at youth groups
Speaking at special interst groups focused on abuse
Organizing Awareness Events That Are Both Fun & Engaging:
Free Online Resources:
Addressing Teen Challenges
Social Media (Reality vs Illusion)
Popularity (The Need To Fit In)
Loneliness (No Friends / Feeling Like No One Cares)
Teens (In Need Of Help)
Teens (Awareness To Recognize Signs Of Struggles In Friends)
Parents (Awereness & What To Do)
Links To Other Resources:
Therapists / Counselors
Hotlines & Support Groups