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Charles B

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy

I feel stand up foundation has helped me grow into the man I am today, because it allowed me to learn many important values. Values like teamwork and leadership. Often, working with a team can be a challenge, as ideas can conflict, and often, people will disagree on how to solve an issue. 


Hannah T.

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy

A few days before graduation, one of my favorite teachers pulled me aside with tears in her eyes and said “Im so proud of you. You’re just so comfortable in your skin now. You've grown so much since freshman year.” Having known me long enough, she remembers the anxiety ridden girl I was in 9th grade; a version of myself I found easy to forget. Her words stuck with me and I caught myself trying to piece together how the transformation took place.


Cam H.

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

Hi I am Cameron Hanna, 

I Graduated two weeks ago from Benjamin High School and I will be attending and playing Lacrosse at Georgetown College in Kentucky. I have been a member of women making waves since the beginning.  I began my freshman year of high school and it has been a very important part of my high school years.  I went through a challenging time my freshman year in high school and Ashley and the members at Women Making Waves helped me through it. 


Crew Info

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Crew Leadership Program

Our girls program, fondly referred to as "Crew", is dedicated to giving our girls the opportunity to mature into confident, young adults while building long-lasting supportive friendships. Girls bond over: media literacy, social justice, friendship conflicts, resolution skills, how to ask for help, including internal pressures and values. One must admit, in life these skills are priceless. We then embrace and encourage sharing leadership skills with younger generations in our "Splash Sessions" allowing our leaders to give back to the community by mentoring to elementary school girls. 


Middle School Boys Who Make A Difference

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Mountaineers Leadership Program - Making a Difference in the Community

The idea of our gender specific middle school mentoring program is focused on inspiring leadership skills and qualities within the middle school population. In our Mountaineer Program, guys are given an opportunity to be themselves, explore their worlds and discuss issues important to them, while in a safe space with like minded boys. 


Girls Retreat Week 6

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Mindfulness

Instead of ending the summer with a bang, as one typically likes to do, we decided to leave our retreaters with an insightful quest. A quest to define and master the theme of our last week: mindfulness. 


Girls Retreat Week 5

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Discovering Passions & Goal Setting

This week at stand up was our 5th week.Everyone was excited for the week that lay ahead with John Denney, paddleboarding and bike riding at Jonathan Dickinson! However, I don't think anyone was quite ready for the awesome summer gingerbread homes we were about to build!! We kicked things off at the office to get to know the girls and really introduce ourselves. At first we all went around the room saying hobbies and things we enjoy in our lives. Then it was time to explore leadership styles to help uncover more regarding our passions!


Girls Retreat Week 4

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Healthy Highs: Weeding Out the Myths! 

This week's camp had the topic of "Healthy Highs" where we educated the campers on drugs and alcohol and making healthy decisions. On monday, all the girls (including the leaders) introduced themselves creating just the start of a strong bond that only got stronger as the week continued. We start off every morning with intentions. Intentions are inspirational quotes read aloud by a camper to get the retreaters thinking about their goal for the day. Shortly after, we made our way over to Dubois Beach. Leaders lead a thought provoking activity regarding personal values. This activity gave insight to the girls on how their values may not be the same as another girls' values. Then we took a lunch break. The hungry raccoons tried to eat with us too! We then jumped into another activity right before jumping into the clear, refreshing water. 


Girls Retreat Week 3

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Discovering Empathy and Becoming Service Minded

Week three of the StandUp Foundation retreat started out like any other. Girls shuffled in on Monday tired and anxious, but ready to see what was in store for the day. As we started to introduce ourselves the girls started to brighten already knowing they would have fun. We started the day with treasure hunting called Geocaching. The girls had to hike through trails and bushes but finally found what they were looking for. Later in the day we learned about insects and even got to catch and look at some of our own under a microscope! The theme of the week was empathy and we learned that we could even be empathetic to insects and animals around us.


Girls Retreat Week 2

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Myths and Legends Become the Real YOU!

Week two was an exceptionally memorable week of camp. We focused on body image and how true beauty starts from within and with confidence. The girls were challenged by finding what they loved about themselves, and worked diligently to channel their inner beauty. Many of the campers who were shy and reserved in the beginning blossomed and came out of their shells, showing true confidence and strength. With each activity we did, I could see how each girl became more and more confident, and how much of our guidance and mentoring affected them. The best part, though, was learning from the younger girls.