We would like to welcome our new Program Coordinator Ophelia Araujo! Ophelia has been instrumental to Create Your Statement over the years. She has served on the Board of Directors as Vice President for five years and has worked in the domestic violence industry for over 20 years. Her compassion for youth and expertise in dating abuse prevention will be a strong asset to Create Your Statement and help empower our community.
The 2017 Happy Girls Run Spokane was a huge success on a sunny Saturday in September. Over one thousand women, and even a few men, took to the trials at Riverside State Park and enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of nature at its finest. Music, smiles, and laughter were heard throughout the morning into the early afternoon.
There is such a sense of unity among the participants and the Statement volunteers. Of course, for the run to be truly happy, snacks were provided along the way at water stations. Energized student volunteers from Horizon Middle School stood side by side cheering, holding motivational signs, and working the water stations along with our amazing lead volunteers, Rhonda O’Dowd, Laurel Warner (and her son Jack Warner) Maddy Cunningham, Sidney Lemer, Allie Carver, Sandy McDonnell, Tina Swanson, and Angela & Bryse Warner.
A big thank you goes out to Mr. Mike Smith from Horizon Middle School for coordinating 20 student volunteers. Statement is honored to be the charitable beneficiary of Happy Girl’s Spokane.
Final race day finishers: 1041 runners Happy Girls Run Spokane. Here are some photos from the day:
Another successful Train the Trainer Bootcamp in the books! Last weekend, six fabulous ladies joined us at the Kalispel Golf & Country Club for our second training event of the year.
Our 2-day REDFLAG training aims to prepare 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.
This is what’s so special about our train the trainer model. It positions us to expand our dating abuse curriculum to more neighborhoods, cities, and even across borders! Our trainers find themselves in classrooms as well as community- and faith-based settings.
Thank you so much to these AMAZING women for “making a statement” and spreading our message about dating abuse!
We try to host at least two Train the Trainer Bootcamps throughout the year. We also always appreciate volunteer support for our many fundraising events. To learn more about upcoming trainings and volunteer opportunities, please contact us.
We were thrilled to be featured in the Spokesman Review’s article “Teaching Teens About Dating Abuse.” The article highlighted the exact reason we exist – to stop the cycle of domestic violence before it starts. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Dating abuse among teens isn’t talked about much. Jenny Moeller wants to change that.
It’s a problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among high school students who dated, 21 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence. Other groups estimate 1 in 3 teens experience abuse ranging from verbal to physical harm.
Moeller, founder of the Spokane group Create Your Statement, has built curriculum since 2013 for teaching teenagers how to recognize danger signs and empower them to avoid unhealthy relationships.
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.
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!
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.
“GO PANTHERS! WAY TO MAKE A STATEMENT!”
Statement continues to further develop our relationship with Spokane Public Schools and we are excited for what the upcoming year may bring!
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.
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
RV Craig Construction
Spring Marie Hill (In Memory of)
Kay McGonigle (In Memory of)
Associates for Women’s Health