I remember having a conversation with a friend after organizing a community event for Sexual Assault Awareness month and watching countless news stories about students as young as seven years old being abused at the hands of their perpetrators. We discussed how we wanted to do more or better yet needed to do more. At that very moment, See Something-Say Something, Inc. was founded.
As a female, I’ve been faced with many situations over the years where I struggled with whether I was making the right decision for my life. After all, it’s not like I didn’t learn right from wrong. I understand what it’s like to come face to face with childhood bullying and not say anything, taking your first sip of alcohol just trying to fit in with the crowd and not having enough courage to say, “Nah, I’m good” because you were too concerned with what others might think, or attending your first college party and finding yourself in a locked room too intoxicated to push that random guy off you or even simply uttering the word, “No”.
I felt the need to create an organization that inspires and empowers youth to make positive decisions in their communities after watching countless youth cycle in and out of the Criminal Justice system including my brother who is now deceased and wondering if they too had been a victim of peer pressure and if they had just had the courage or power to stand up and say, “I have a choice and I choose me”, then the situation may have had a different outcome.
See Something-Say Something, Inc. officially opened in June 2017 and we are currently located in Mecklenburg County. As a female mentoring organization, our only secret to success is understanding firsthand the struggles of maintaining family first, and work second. We have found that this doesn’t always happen in this order; however, strides must be made to bring balance to our lives. Our organization truly believes that our children are the future and if you see bullying, say something. If you see inappropriate touching, say something, if there is anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, you must say something.
See Something-Say Something, Inc. provides mentoring services to underserved youth throughout the community between the ages of 8-16 as well as provides educational resources to the community.
You can help our organization continue its mission of providing services to the community by considering donating your time, money, and/or resources to help ensure that our youth have positive role models in their communities and have the necessary tools to be successful. More information is available by calling (704) 201-6404 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.