You need respect on the inside
We give youth and their influencers the tools to break cycles of disrespect and thrive.
Vulnerable youth learn they are "unique contributors to the greater whole" and expand their life pathways.
Influencers more effectively connect with and mentor youth by practicing The Respect Basics.
Our research shows that self-respect is a critical youth development asset—especially for vulnerable youth. Self-respect, knowing you’re a unique contributor to the greater whole, is less fragile than self-esteem (your opinion of yourself based on outside messages), and increases youth and their influencers’ resiliency, empathy and goal-attainment ability.Research
If you’ve seen my TEDx Talk, you know I’m a mother of a son, a domestic violence survivor and that my father Artimeo was a young man of color who went to prison vs. college. Check out our new national project to fortify self-respect and caring connections for young men.
I have to say meeting President Barack Obama in San Jose in May was a huge full-circle moment for me and my entire family.
Some people say youth today need more grit or gumption. Some do. But the truth for those of us who’ve survived trauma, well we have true grit to spare. We need ongoing healing and for doors to open.
Ri and its partners are committed through CGI to reaching vulnerable girls and their influencers with our tools to help improve their life and academic outcomes.