What do you think is important in making a good first impression? For many of us, a warm smile, a stylish and appropriate outfit, or a confident voice may be some of the first things that come to mind. But what about a strong handshake? We are all a little guilty of not putting much thought into it--after all, all it is a quick shake of the hand for 5 seconds tops (if you’re holding for longer, … [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.
August 15, 2016 Young women will build the confidence and communication skills they'll need to further their education and employment opportunities by participating in a pilot program at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA. this September. The Leap to Success personal leadership skills seven-week program "Leap to Confidence" will be offered to a cohort of 25 female students for the very first … [Read More...]
Or, Get Yourself Unstuck from the Ruts of Life If we always do what we've always done, we will always get what we've always got. We all have our own glass ceilings. We have self-imposed limits that are beliefs we hold about what we can do and what we can't. They can be based on past experiences, fears, and insecurities. To quote a familiar slogan, they hold us back from being all that we … [Read More...]
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