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Guys Retreat Week 1

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The Mentality of the Modern Man

The first week of the guy’s Stand Up Foundation camp was a truly unique experience. I arrived at Jonathon Dickenson State Park on Monday ready for the first day of camp. The other leader and I had spent the greater part of the day before prepping for camp, especially this first day. Our theme for the week was The Mentality of the Modern Man, focusing on the skills that are essential for every successful young man to know. We worked with our retreaters on everything from leadership and teamwork to recognizing your own potential and how to tie a necktie. Our goal behind the week was to make these boys into strong, confident men ready for their impending transition into high school. But before we could any teaching, the boys had to be having fun.


Girls Retreat Week 1

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Stand Up, Stand Out, Stand With

The first week of camp at Stand Up Foundation was like no other. The girls spent Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Johnathan Dickenson State Park. The Park Rangers taught us about fire safety and took the girls on a pseudo-treasure hunt Geo-caching. The girls explored the nature trails on their bike rides and met many manatees while adrift the pontoon boat.  On Tuesday and Thursday the girls learned about songwriting from the owner of Absolute Music Studios and even recorded the songs they composed! A crowd favorite, however, had to be stand up paddle boarding with Blueline. During our paddling extravaganza, we parked our boards on an island to have water races and play “King of the Paddle.” Although this was exciting, there is much more to retreats than these outside activities. In fact, the real magic happens inside; within the dynamics of our group and inside the hearts of our girls. 


Palm Beach Post

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Written By: Michael Readling of the Palm Beach Post! 

Navigating the teen years can be difficult.

Loneliness, chaos, poor self-image can mingle intermittently with joy, happiness and pride. Confusion and fatigue are just a couple of the results.

Stories abound of the negative ways some teens cope with all those emotions, but there are other stories. The ones where teens come together to help their peers traverse the rough patches and ensure everyone receives the best chance at a successful life.


Julia M.

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

Throughout this school year the ideas of both leaving and taking a legacy have been important to me in all that I do. To me, legacy is more important in the individual than collectively. Legacy is the lasting impact you had on someone or someone had on you. Something that was said or something that was done that made someone else change, hopefully for the better.


Adrianna B.

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

It was probably by the second staircase that the anxiety set in. I began to sweat and my face got beet red. When I got to the door that read Standup Foundation I pulled it open and stepped inside. The room was bright purple with chalk drawings of empowering words like confidence, kindness and courage. I waited in the front room and decided that this was the most stressful moment of my life. That’s when I met Ashley LeGrange. I immediately felt welcome and I began to let my guard down. Interviewing was not my specialty; actually talking to people in general was always difficult for me but I had no choice. This was the first requirement to joining this group that my best friend Lydia raved about. She called me every week that summer to tell me about the camp she was working at. Lydia said that she had made a ton of new friends from schools all over the county and that she was having the time of her life by making a difference in the community. She then told me it was turning into a non-profit that I could join. I jumped at the chance and within a few weeks I was sitting in Ashley’s office hoping I’d make a good enough impression to join the group of elite girls. When I met the members at my first meeting I couldn’t believe how beautiful they were inside and out. I couldn’t believe that I got to associate myself with these ladies much less become a leader short after. 


Carly W

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

This organization has become something much more to me than I ever could have imagined. Women Making Waves has given me the chance to create an inseparable bond with girls I would have never had before. Gaining this bond helped me learn about others, but also gave me a new realization of who I am. Women Making Waves has taught me what true friendship is and helped me evolve into the person I am today. Not only did it allow me to grow as a person but to also share my knowledge and experience with others. 


Mikaela B

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

Women Making Waves has shown me that a group of girls can really make a difference in the community. I have been impressed by the progress that Women Making Waves has had since I joined last summer. When I first joined, I went to a week long training where I started getting to know everyone involved in the organization. The next week I was ready to be a camp counselor, and it was truly a great experience. The young girls that attended the camp all looked up to us for advice and it was cool to be seen as a role model. 

 


Isabella D

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

Hi everyone, I am Izzy DeRosa and I am one of the co-founders of the organization. When I think back to our old office on US-1 it’s crazy to see how far we’ve come. My main inspiration for starting the organization was seeing the impact we had on each camper throughout the summer. I realized that the little goodbye notes they left in my journal writing how much I helped them or inspired them, in the end inspired me to keep wanting to help. I couldn't help myself but think back to my awkward middle school times and wish I could have had someone to tell my the “right” answer. Whether it was how to stand up to the bully in my grade or how to put on natural looking makeup or even how to deal with simple sibling fights, I was the oldest child and never had that older mentor to give me advice. Of course I had my mother, but what 11 year old girl is going to tell their mother their problems by choice. So, that was when I decided I could help make that safe place for girls to come and be mentored all year round.


Angela A

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy

It’s weird to think that two years ago I had just finished my sophomore year and within four months of that, became a founding member of a nonprofit! Reflecting back makes me realize just how much we have done in two years alone. We started with only 10ish members who really had no idea what a constitution was, let alone knew how to write one, yet with a lot of help from Ashley, we learned and made it happen. I knew from day one this was going to be something different, and that’s why the long drives and early mornings never stopped me from coming back. As Ashley’s always harps on, one of the most incredible things to see is the diversity throughout the organization from members to even campers. Many of us come from drastically different upbringings with different traditions and beliefs, but yet here all 30 of us are making waves like I never could have imagined. To be completely honest, I never thought I would see the launch of the boys program while I was still here, and yet here they are too. That to me speaks wonders. Actually, reflecting on everything this organization has done in two years in mind blowing. The amount of growth and awareness that has taken place is awe-inspiring and makes me wonder how much more we can do in the coming years. 


Julie B

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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy 

Women Making Waves can be described as an organization of girls promoting social and emotional wellness throughout the community. But to me this organization has meant so much more. It’s allowed me to create so many friendships and memories with girls I would have never known otherwise. It has lead me to a pursuit of who I am as a person and what I can do to better the incoming generation of our society. It has given me another family and a home to come to.  It has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and reflect on my experiences. And lastly it taught me the ability to make waves.