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Leaving Behind Our Senior Legacy

When I first volunteered for summer camp I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization. Every girl was so welcoming and kind. I was excited to get started and jumped right and was amazed at how connected we all were right from the beginning.

We all work so well with each other and we all have different qualities that we bring to the table which makes us great as an organization. I am impressed and amazed at how big our events have gotten and the turn out our events have brought!! I have been motivated by seeing how my input has helped the organization and seeing the changes we have made. 


Celebration of Life 2 Years Later

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Celebration of Life 2 Years Later

In the fall of 2014, it was time for WMW to develop our first conference. While contemplating topics, I had a tragic event occur that would forever change me. On November 11, 2014, I woke up to Instagram posts stating,  “Rest in Peace” and “Goodbye” to my friend. I was confused and shocked when I found out he had completed suicide. So many of us were overcome with sadness and left with the question, "why"? I could see the need for knowledge about the dangers of suicide and for guidance on how to cope with grief. Therefore, a few members and I went to the Women Making Waves organization and pitched the idea of the conference being dedicated to not only my friend, but to all members of the community that have been affected by loss. After debating whether this topic would be too controversial and too soon after my friend’s death, we realized we had to make a difference in our community. This was our mission and we were ready to put this to action.  

 


Rock Out 2 Knock Out Unhealthy Relationships

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Rock Out 2 Knock Out Unhealthy Relationships

The Harbourside series has been very exciting and have been a great way to connect and promote our foundation. Through the series we have had many incredible performers and have many more to come. The Series has given us a way to bring more awareness and at the same time have a fun event for the community to enjoy. 

Working with the community and other non-profits, we have brought a lot of awareness of the social and emotional health of teens in our community. I believe that through our series we are really helping the people that attend become more aware of the problems that teens and young adults face in our community. At our these series we hear from very influential speakers, regardless of the topic. They have truly each had an impact on me and all of our members. 


We All Belong

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Where We All Belong

Hi, my name is Quinn McKenna, and I’m a freshman at Oxbridge Academy. I just recently joined Women Making Waves, and it has made such a positive impact on my life. I was inducted in January, and since then, I have participated in events held by the organization. One event, in particular, are crew nights. Crew nights act as a night where young girls can bond with older girls and feel comfortable asking for advice. 


Value of Peer to Peer Leadership Mentoring

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Value of Crew and Splash Sesh! 

Hi I am Ava Kramer, a member of Women Making Waves. Women Making Waves is designed to be a peer to peer leadership mentoring programming, where we receive training from our director Ashley Le Grange, LMHC and we then offer mentoring to younger generations. We hold monthly get togethers for girls of all ages. During our Slash Seshes and Crew program, our mentors come together with younger girls and make crafts, do obstacle courses and several other team bonding exercises. These sessions are a great way for the younger girls to interact with teenagers whom they look up to and respect. Our headquarters acts as a safe place for girls of all ages to explore, be open and be true about their feelings. It is a wonderful chance for our mentors to be positive role models and influence these younger girls. 


Using Your Heart

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Using Your Heart

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” — Eleanor Roosevelt.

I have several friends who are the only children in their family, and they all used to say how lonely their lives were and how my life must be so eventful and exciting because I have a younger sister, and I would often laugh at how they were correct but for a different reason than they thought. My life was and still is pretty busy, filled with various hospital visits and physical therapies for this younger sister. My sister, Sabrina, has a rare genetic disorder that displays many symptoms of muscular dystrophy and she has been using a wheelchair since she was two years old, as she has never been able to walk. Here in March of 2016, Sabrina is a month shy of being 14 years old and she holds the dearest position in my heart.

 


All Kinds of Kind

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All Kinds of Kind 

Why Peer to Peer Mentoring is Best

Getting ready to host my fourth all girls leadership camp has allowed me the opportunity to be re-immersed back into the girl world culture. As a therapist specializing in adolescents, more specifically teenage girls with their families, this is by far the highlight of my career. This is primarily because despite the time I have spent researching, studying, and working in this field, each day presents a new challenge. Even more than that it continues to surprise me. Often times we will hear girls say “well it’s not that bad at my school” or “we don’t have any ‘real’ bullies” or “of course there’s popular girls—but they’re not like that”. And by “like that” they are referring to the plethora of movies out there that addresses this issue, or, exacerbates it.


Meet Ashley Beauty Revived

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Most Beautiful Woman Selected to Represent Florida 

Founder and Director, Ashley Le Grange was so honored to receive the news of being nominated and then selected to represent the 50 Most Beautiful Women. Board member and local (phenomenal) photographer, Claire Anderson from Clara Bella Photography, nominated her and asked to share her story. Read on and you will quickly understand why... Ashley is truly beauty revived. 

Meet Ashley. She is Beauty Revived.

From the moment I met Ashley I immediately felt like I had known her my entire life. She is one of those women who lights up any room she walks into, and you instantly feed off of her electric and genuine spirit. After years of working as a counselor, Ashley recognized a void in support and guidance for “high achieving” teens. This realization led to the formation of a non-profit organization, The Stand Up Foundation, and a gender specific program, Women Making Waves, which focuses on empowering young women to become fearless, confident leaders. Ashley selflessly devotes her time and knowledge to countless teens in our community, and has truly become a second mom/confidant/friend to them. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to photograph Ashley back at her high school, which she feels attributed to much of who she is today.


Lucky Enough to Call Them Family

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Lucky Enough to Call Them Family

Hi, my name is Quinn McKenna and I am a freshman at Oxbridge. To address this week’s theme of the role family plays in a support system, I’m going to tell you a bit about mine. I have one younger sister (by a year and a half) who’s one of my best friends. I know that I can always count on her to be there for me and listen to what I have to say. Having a sister you’re close to is just like having a best friend, except you live together and are constantly around each other day and night, so you REALLY know each other inside and out. My sister is the only person who knows every single detail about me, good and bad. I know that I could trust her with my life, and vice versa. Sisterhood is the level above friendship, and a close sister-to-sister relationship is one that should be infinitely cherished. 


Loving and Appreciating Support

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Loving and Appreciating Support

My name is Ava and I am a freshman at Cardinal Newman High School. This months theme is on “Loving and Appreciating Support.” All throughout my life I have had an amazing support system through my friends and family. I lived in Virginia from the time I was born, to the time I was about to enter middle school. Five years ago my family and I moved to Florida. It was an extremely hard move and I struggled with finding friends at my new school and settling in. My family members were very helpful and they pushed me to be more open and step out of my comfort zone. It is really important to have people that you can trust to help you through the bumps in the road.