STANDING STRONG IN THE MEDIA
In order to engage and empower young people, to support and teach them, we must first truly connect with them.
Standing Strong is leading the way in improving community approaches to teen health and wellness programs. We are encouraging communities to understand the complexity, uniqueness and fluidity of teen awareness and to embrace this in program development and delivery. We aim to build awareness that in order to engage and empower young people, to support and teach them, we must first truly connect with them.
With teens it’s not black or white, it’s a rainbow and the rainbow is different from day to day, moment to moment. Our vision and goal is to embrace the inconsistencies, the complexities, the emotions and the challenges of the teen world and to see these as extraordinary learning experiences for everyone. To help our future generations step into their adult lives with the knowledge, strength and courage many previous generations never had the joy of discovering.
Our vision has been strengthen by the support and encouragement we have received from the media, we are forever grateful.
Oprah Winfrey is our Founder Kim Smiths’s greatest inspiration and role model. Oprah’s messages of empowerment, thinking bigger, self-belief and living your dreams were not only a constant source of comfort and support to Kim during her teen years, they were also the motivation she needed to keep her focused and fearless during the creation of Standing Strong.
In 2015, five months after opening Standing Strong, Kim learned of Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming tour to Perth Australia. Without hesitation, Kim knew this was an opportunity of a life time to connect with and thank her life long idol. If it wasn’t for Oprah Winfrey, Standing Strong may never have been created.
On the 7th December 2015 something magical happened, an experience that proves dreams really do come true if you truly believe and never give up.
This is our Standing Strong journey with Oprah Winfrey.
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