“Investing In Women”
Ms. Leah O. is a phenomenal woman with an amazing vision. Please read the story below to be inspired!
I am empowering young women with skills, resources, and information so they can make their life great instead of waiting and hoping for someone else to make changes. In 2011 I published a book, I Am More Than Just a Girl, and filled it with everything that I have learned about how strong each and every person is capable of being. I created a curriculum to go along with the book and now both are used by youth organizations. Recently I was asked to create a curriculum about sexual harassment at work that I will present this autumn to young women as part of a successful transitions program for foster youth.
Teaching people to be safe should include being physically safe and I am on my way to becoming a certified self defense instructor. I will continue to learn new skills and use all those as tools to show girls how they can become strong independent women.
I have always been the type of person who volunteered in my community and enjoyed the feeling of doing something that helped others have a more joyful life. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to get a job at a domestic violence and sexual assault center. It really opened my eyes to the lack of prevention that young women are taught.
Having grown up with a strong independent mother she taught me that I deserved respect and even though it took me until high school to actually stand up for myself, once I did and realized how great it felt, life was easier. It still took me a long time to stop being a victim and it wasn’t until I survived a few unfortunate events that my eyes were really opened. I decided it was time to stop worrying about how rough life was and take actions to improve it instead.
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