BOLD Initiative

The BOLD Program

BOLD Founders Photo

Photo Credit: Trista Page Photography

Bridging Opportunity, Love and Determination

The simple truth is, relationships matter

BOLD is the brainchild of eight women, ranging in age from 18 to 35, now known as BOLD founders, all formerly involved with Crittenton agencies across the country. When asked to identify the most significant barrier to achieving their goals, the unanimous response was lack of positive social relationships. The simple truth is, that relationships matter. They provide support and safety, resources and connections, that can change a person’s life. We’ve always known this was true, as reflected in the old saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

Today, social scientists call this social capital. Social capital builds on an individual’s resilience and their dreams for themselves, and/or their children. Reducing the disparity between who does and doesn’t have social capital is fundamental to effectively eradicating poverty, violence, health disparities, and lost potential in all our communities. As a result, BOLD is designed to provide opportunities for young women to build their social capital. BOLD’s focus is on young women who face significant barriers to changing their lives and breaking intergenerational cycles of violence, poverty, and poor health.

We are Not Invisible

Survivor Advocacy

American democracy is about the power of voice, but for some, it’s nearly impossible to be heard. Such is the case for young women who are survivors of childhood abuse and violence.

We Are Not Invisible makes it possible for young women to go to D.C. and meet with Congressional representatives, decisions makers, and advocates, all while developing leadership and advocacy skills so they can speak their truth everyday and everywhere.

A few examples of audiences and venues include:

  • National Advisory Committee for the Office of Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice;
  • Senate Caucus on Foster Youth;
  • 2014 Student Parent Support Symposium, Ohio State University;
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice National Conference;
  • Healthy Teen Network National Conferences;
  • Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality Policy Series;
  • Office of Adolescent Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • Capitol Hill events on topics such as domestic minor sex trafficking, juvenile justice, the needs of young mothers, and more.

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The BOLD Society

Crafted as a secure and dynamic smart phone app

The BOLD Society is national virtual health and self-empowerment community, linking women across generations with each other. Sisters (members) of the BOLD Society will have an opportunity to expand their social capital through connections to other Sisters, who will share their knowledge, skills and networks.

The BOLD Society brings together cutting edge technology with “good old” trusted personal relationships established across generations, classes, racial groups and geography. The BOLD Society app includes profiles, photo galleries, advice forums, skill-share, bulletin board, and connections to Crisis Text Lines and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) treatment locator.

BOLD Society goals include:

  • Reducing social isolation;
  • Improving overall health and safety;
  • Increasing access to resources;
  • Enhancing social and emotional learning and executive function skills;
  • Strengthening bonding, bridging, and linking social capital;
  • Supporting the achievement of health, education, personal, and financial goals; and
  • Increasing civic engagement.

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34% of adult women reported being sexually abused as a child

Twenty-four to thirty-two percent of adult women reported being sexually abused during their childhood.

Reference: Prevalence and risk factors for childhood sexual abuse in women: National survey findings., Child Abuse & Neglect. 1999, Elsevier Science.