Thank you Spokane Empire for TACKLING dating abuse!

Last Friday, Create Your Statement was honored to be the sponsored nonprofit of the night for the Spokane Empire game. There were approximately 3,500-4,000 people in attendance! We brought in just under $2,000 and plan on using the proceeds for new apparel. Thank you to all those who attended and showed their support. Great job tackling dating abuse!

We also had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Spokane Empire Football Team and the Spokane Empire Dance Team to discuss the problems around dating abuse and what we can do to put a stop to it. Check out the video below with our conversation! Each of these individuals are amazing role models for the youth in our community and we should all feel so lucky to have them represent our community!

Special thanks to…

The Spokane Empire
Karen Kiehl, Suzie Dunn, Hannah Holman, the Empire Football Team, and the Empire Dance Team.
Create Your Statement Volunteers
Heidi Lauritzen, Shelli Agost, Rose Anderson, Geri Bacheller, Dawn Funk, Sonja Birdsong, Vicki Moeller, Ophelia Araujo, Michelle DeSpain, Karilynn Cunningham, and Jason Wolther with Vision First Media.

Meet New REDFLAG Trainer: Terra Nicholson


We are excited to introduce Terra Nicholson who has been involved with co-leading young moms from two pregnancy crisis centers, Grace Son, and Life Services. She has been instrumental in providing positive impact through the REDFLAG program as well as her personal passion and heart for those she serves.

Terra is currently instructing her own REDFLAG class of over 20 young ladies from Northwood and Glover middle schools. She is a valued facilitator for our Spokane programming and we are honored to have her as part of our team.

“I am so excited to be a youth mentor with Create Your Statement! Having been a victim of domestic violence in the past, I am passionate about teaching these beautiful girls the REDFLAG program to help them learn how to identify unhealthy relationships and how to follow their dreams and become the young women God created them to be!”

– Terra Nicholson

Please join us in welcoming Terra to the REDFLAG team!


REDFLAG Workshop at Round Table Pizza

Statement Reaches 1,600 Youth at Mead High School

On February 7, 2016, Create Your Statement led an all-school assembly on preventing dating abuse and violence. More than 1,600 youth were in attendance. We are proud of Mead High School to be the first school in Spokane to recognize “Teen Dating Abuse Awareness.”  Special thanks to Ed Hoffman, Ophelia Araujo, Teresa Lahr, Steve Kiesel, Karen Brathovde, and the Mead drama students for their support.


Statement continues to further develop our relationship with Spokane Public Schools and we are excited for what the upcoming year may bring!

Statement partners with Empire Football…Get your tickets today!


Create Your Statement is thrilled to partner with Empire Football! Please join us for a fun night out as we cheer on Spokane Empire while tackling dating abuse.

Statement is honored to be the sponsored nonprofit of the night!

Spokane Empire vs. Arizona Rattlers
Get your tickets today!

When: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: Spokane Arena

Cost: $30.00 (includes lower level ticket and t-shirt; retail value $38.00)
A portion of the proceeds helps prevent teen dating abuse!

Please make check payable to:
Create Your Statement
PO Box 18934
Spokane, WA 99228

**Include t-shirt sizes with your check. Statement will contact you for delivery of tickets and t-shirts**

Deadline is April 20, 2017

Download event flyer here. If you have questions, please contact

Wine, Cheese, Chocolate, and great volunteers!

We had a blast at our Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate event on January 26th. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help Create Your Statement kick-off a new year! As many of you know, Statement’s programs are gaining huge momentum and volunteers are an integral part of pushing our mission forward. Without them, Statement would not be where it is today.

Here are some photos from our evening of fun:

Happy Girls Run 2016: Thanks to all who ran their hearts out for Create Your Statement!

We are so appreciative of everyone who came out on September 23rd for the Happy Girls Run Spokane benefiting Create Your Statement. More than 1,000 Happy Girls joined us — we are inspired by each and every one of you!

Athleta’s Happy Girls Run brings together women of all levels of physical fitness and achievement for a race that is nothing short of life-changing for many runners. It’s life-changing for Statement too. Proceeds from the race benefit our programs to help combat dating abuse.

Not only did Happy Girls Run Half Marathon finishers support a great cause, they also received a beautiful piece of custom jewelry made locally by Mishakaudi and a Happy Girls Run T-shirt.

We’d also like to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible. Also, we’d like to send a BIG thank you to our sponsors. Your help makes all the difference.

2016 Happy Girls Sponsors

Nelson’s Auto Body
Jeff Moeller
RV Craig Construction
Spring Marie Hill (In Memory of)
Kay McGonigle (In Memory of)
Associates for Women’s Health
URM Stores

Check out the photos from this awesome day!

Girls’ Get-A-Way Was a Huge Success!

La Spa Rive

August 23-24th we held our very first Girls’ Get-A-Way at Northern Quest Casino & Resort. This was an intensive overnight training, featuring the full seven classes of the REDFLAG program sprinkled with crafts, swimming, and a day of pampering at La Rive Spa!

Our greatest joy in working with youth is seeing the sparkle in a student’s eye when they realize their true worth and ability to set boundaries, achieve goals, and live a life full of health and happiness! Girls’ Get-A-Way provided many opportunities to experience this joy. We had the privilege of working with 26 amazing girls from around the Spokane area, including girls from Kalispel Tribe, Mead School District, and private schools. What an honor to see these girls grow in such a short 24-hour period! Walls were broken down, tears were shed, and there was a lot of uncontrollable laughter.

We had the privilege of working with 26 amazing girls from around the Spokane area, including girls from Kalispel Tribe, Mead School District, and private schools. What an honor to see these girls grow in such a short 24-hour period! Walls were broken down, tears were shed, and there was a lot of uncontrollable laughter.

In addition to new friendships, these young ladies also have new leadership skills. It is our hope that they will accept nothing less than healthy relationships in their future. Our biggest takeaway was knowing that each and every one of the girls walked away knowing that they are PRICELESS!

Stay tuned for our next Girls’ Get-A-Way event…

Train the Trainer REDFLAG Summer Boot Camp 2016

We recently held our Train the Trainer REDFLAG Summer Boot Camp at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club on July 22-23rd. We had 8 wonderful women participate in our training, including individuals in public and private education, philanthropy, and we even had two ladies visiting from Arizona!

Our 2-day REDFLAG training aims to prepare compassionate individuals to teach the 7-week REDFLAG curriculum and inspire them to combat dating abuse in their own communities. Following the training, we provide ongoing support and technical assistance to our trainers, so they have what they need to replicate our training wherever they might live. Our train the trainer model uniquely positions us to expand our dating abuse curriculum across borders and reach even more youth.

We’d like to thank these incredible women for “making a statement” to end dating abuse!

To learn more about our Train the Trainer program or to find out about any upcoming trainings, please contact us.


Statement Wins 2016 AGORA Award

We are sincerely humbled after receiving the 2016 AGORA Award for Business Excellence in the Small Nonprofit category. What an honor to stand alongside so many other nonprofits who are doing some amazing work in our community.

So what exactly is an AGORA? In ancient Athens, Agora was the marketplace where merchants gathered to sell their goods. Over the past 30 years, more than 400 members of the regional business community have gathered to celebrate business excellence throughout the greater Spokane area. This is a chance for the public and our chamber, Greater Spokane Incorporated, to recognize each of the businesses and nonprofits for the important role they play in the community and for contributing to the region’s economic growth.

We attended the awards ceremony on June 1st, which took place at the beautiful Davenport Grand Hotel. This year’s awards had a 1930s theme and was titled “31-derful Years of Business Excellence.” There was a great turnout with many of the attendees all gussied up in fabulous clothing from the era. We had a blast!

Check out our video spotlight from the awards ceremony:

Here are some photos from the evening:

Thank you to our board, family, and friends for your support in our journey to combat dating abuse. Special thank you to Greater Spokane Incorporated for hosting this wonderful event!

Making a Statement in Schools

Mead High School 2016

One of Statement’s long-term goals is to be an integral part of the school health curriculum and teach our dating abuse prevention program during school hours. We have made our first leap toward that goal this spring. In May, Mead High School invited Statement to teach a 2-day dating abuse class to more than 120 freshmen and sophomore students. Their feedback is clear: this curriculum is needed in schools.

“Thank you for spreading awareness. I didn’t know about all the different forms of abuse and how it presents itself. Your time with the class just reassures that we are valuable and priceless and we deserve to be who we are.”

“It was great. There was a lot of good information. What would make it even better would be if it was geared equally to guys as well as girls, but I know you’re working on it :)”

“I wish that I would’ve known this information a long time ago so I could’ve realized my boyfriend of that time was abusive and I was able to get out of that long before I did.”

We look forward to expanding our program to a full-unit segment within the school setting in 2017. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop about our programs!