She sees herself as a leader and is learning how to be a leader and an activist.
— Shannon Jacovino, BRAVE Parent
BRAVE is a place where a girl can be whoever she wants to be and you feel like there is no limits on being yourself.
— Amalia, Elementary Student
Being a part of an organization like BRAVE has transformed who I am. Not only has it given me skills to become a leader, it has helped me question and understand what a true leader really is and how it can be shown in so many different ways. I could name a list of all the professional development I have gained, but that would not even encompass what this organization has truly given to me. Without BRAVE I would not be as confident and willing to share my thoughts and ideas and would underestimate my own value. BRAVE is not only an organization but also a support system, a safe space, and a family that has helped guide me to my values, passions, and focusing on what is important.
— Emma Whitmore, Former Intern
To be brave is not just not to be afraid, it’s to be confident, to believe in yourself, and to stand up for your friends and others when they need it.
— Arianna, Middle School Student
I’m definitely more confident as a leader and as a person. I try my hardest to go out into the world being my best self and standing up for doing what I think is right, even when I am faced with opposition.
— Kaylin, High School Student
I have learned the value of honesty, and how difficult but rewarding it can be to be vulnerable. The friends and memories I have made have helped me through some of the hardest, most confusing, self-discovering parts of my life. BRAVE was my support and my motivation and quite literally my home and my family.
— Mar Amador
Being a part of BRAVE has made me see the world through a very different lens. That lens has shown me both the awful and wonderful things in our world. But the beauty of a lens is it gives you focus, I now have a new focus that allows me to spend time with incredible young people and see the possibilities in their lives and it makes me want to work together with them for positive change.
— Deborah Sullivan, School Guidance Counselor
BRAVE has given me the space to share my passions with humans I have met and grown to care for over the last year. In return, I have had the opportunity to absorb new perspectives and ideas that have changed how I engage with the world. I learned how to be a better me.
— Sarah Dottor, AmeriCorps VISTA Member
BRAVE has taught me to reach out my comfort zone, to grow and be aware of what I’m capable of in order to be the leader I am today. This semester, I’ve learned to be an advocate and use my voice for good. Being a member of BRAVE is an experience that has truly changed my life.
— Barbara Shehata, UConn BRAVE Student