Speak Up!

When I worked at Boise Girls Academy, I helped the clients (teenage girls with risky behaviors) learn how to speak for themselves. Many times, their own voices had been lost in the poor decisions they had made in the past. They followed the crowd. Over time, I helped the girls see themselves differently. By building trust, the girls shared their fears, hopes, and goals. Their future was bright—not bound to a life sentence of continual poor choices. After working at Boise Girls Academy, I needed to practice that advocacy myself. The recent break-down of my marriage resulted in many life…

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