YWCA Kicks Off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  The YWCA kicked off the month by bringing educators, students, and organizations together and arming them with their comprehensive toolset.  The YWCA’s set of resources has been recognized as a model for other communities.

For more information – for parents, educators, leaders and students – visit their website.

Ever Wondered What Goes On at OBRFW Dance Practice?

Thanks, Yolanda Hall,  for these great videos of the OBRFW Dance Empowerment  / Flash Mob Crew!

We practice “Breaking the Chain”, the One Billion Rising anthem, with dance choreographed by three-time award winner Debbie Allen.  But remember, when you join us February 14 at 5:00 at Parkview Field, you don’t need to know any dance moves – just join us and move however you want!


On February 14 we rise and dance.   We plan Flash Mobs.  We look at the photos of people dancing at Parkview Field last year.  We look forward to seeing even more people at Parkview Field this February 14.  Sometimes, it seems like the event is all about dance.

It is not – that’s just how we rise for the cause.  Let’s take a moment to remember WHY WE RISE.

We all have our own individual stories about why we rise.  Maybe violence has touched you, or your family, or a friend.

The UN tells the story on a global level.  According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s In-depth Study on Violence against Women, “The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner. On average, at least one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime.”

A United Nations two-page fact sheet that you can find here (or click the graphic below) outlines much more about the issue that underlies why we rise.

UN Fact Sheet

Inspiring Film, Girl Rising, Comes to Town

Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an exceptional film from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins.  It highlights the stories of nine girls, from around the globe, born into unforgiving circumstances.  Their remarkable stories, written by noted writers from each girl’s native country, are narrated by celebrated actresses.  Girl Rising was introduced at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  This screening is its Fort Wayne premiere.

Girl Rising is a film for a cause.  It faces the key challenge that … around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Removing barriers to girls’ education – such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare, school fees – means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.

Please join us for this screening, brought to you by One Billion Rising Fort Wayne with help from Lupke Rice Insurance and the Cinema Center.

Mathis Grey to Perform at OBRFW Fundraiser

Mathis Grey

We are very excited to announce that Mathis Grey will perform at our “Lifting the Darkness” Fundraiser!

Mathis Grey is an accomplished local Singer/Songwriter who is no stranger to the music world.  Mathis has traveled all over the United States doing shows from New York to Seattle and all the awesome stops in between. His style is a Folk-Rock style with a little bit of soul sprinkled in.  His unique style of vocals and his guitar playing create a definite coffee house feel allowing the audience to immerse themselves in his music in real time. His music is smooth, yet rugged – heavy, yet weightless….this is Mathis Grey.

Listen to the appropriately titled, “Lights”, and make sure you visit Wunderkammer Company on February 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for “Lifting the Darkness: an OBRFW Fundraiser”!

The “LIghts” single is available at iTunes.  Visit mathisgrey.com to stay informed about Mathis’ performance schedule.