By Lisa Deaderick Contact Reporter Published February 26, 2017 Copyright © 2017, The San Diego Union-Tribune O, The Oprah Magazine was writing a piece in 2007 about women having difficult conversations and they called Dana Bristol-Smith. She’d been working in public speaking since 1993, first in student assemblies and teacher training workshops and later in training business … [Read More...]
- 1 in 4 women is a victim of domestic violence
- 3 in 4 homeless women are victims of DV
- DV victims lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year
- 15 million children witness DV each year
- Many women have lost everything and start over with nothing, except…
shame fear worthlessness hopelessness
But, there is hope.
We believe all women should be able to live abuse-free, in healthy relationships, empowered to reach their greatest potential.
After learning of the huge unmet need for domestic violence victims to build their self-confidence to avoid returning to abusive partners, Bristol-Smith gathered experts—therapists, coaches, and trainers—to create a leadership program which she initially launched as a volunteer project with 6 participants.
These women have subsequently taken their message out to the community and have spoken to over 5,000 others in homeless shelters, schools, and other organizations.
Changing The World
Our programs provide women with the tools and skills they need to regain confidence and rebuild their lives.
Women who have confidence are empowered to find jobs, start new businesses, and create healthy abuse-free lives for their children.
- poverty and homelessness
- violence at home and in our neighborhoods
- risk of violent behavior by children in adulthood
- costs to taxpayers for medical care, law enforcement, and lost wages…
…to ultimately create healthier, safer communities.
Leap to Confidence graduate Renee’s life has been riddled with challenges since the day she was born. She grew up in a gang infested neighborhood and was raised by her grandmother and mother who, despite her kind nature and big heart, fought her own battle with alcohol and drug abuse for over 30 years. Renee was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 2, and suffered attacks all the way into … [Read More...]
Even a small change for 30 days can have a big impact on your life It’s the beginning of a new year, and there’s an optimistic, inspiring energy in the air. People view January 1st as a fresh start, a time to get motivated as they create their resolutions for the year to come. I’ll lose that extra weight! I’ll become more spontaneous and go on more adventures! I’ll work hard and finally get that … [Read More...]
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