You Matter Foundation

Welcome to the You Matter Foundation, Inc.

The You Matter Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to changing lives, donating time to causes such as supporting domestic violence survivors, and advancing humanity through various nonprofit initiatives. My mission is to better society and humanity by providing education and training in trauma-informed care, peer support, collaboration, and empowerment to all individuals including children, individuals, families, aging adults, and people with disabilities in need of services.  At the core of our organization is the belief that everyone matters, regardless of their circumstances.

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Partner with Us, Donate Towards Our Mission

Your support is crucial in helping us make a positive impact on society and in the lives of those we serve. Partnering with us by making a donation, you are contributing to the empowerment and well-being of individuals in need. Together, we can create a more compassionate and supportive community where everyone feels valued and heard. Your donations help fund scholarships, resources for emotional well-being, and training in self-defense skills.

  1. Providing resources for education and training programs in trauma-informed care, peer support, collaboration, and empowerment.
  2. Funding initiatives that promote situational awareness and teach self-defense skills to individuals in need.
  3. Supporting outreach programs to raise awareness about important issues and advocate for positive change in society.
  4. Investing in technology and resources to enhance the organization’s ability to reach and impact more people.
  5. Allocating funds for administrative and operational expenses to ensure the smooth functioning of the organization and its programs.

Crawford Gives - August 24-27, 2024

Your support is crucial in helping us make a positive impact on society and in the lives of those we serve. Partnering with us by making a donation, you are contributing to the empowerment and well-being of individuals in need. Together, we can create a more compassionate and supportive community where everyone feels valued and heard. Your donations help fund scholarships, resources for emotional well-being, and training in self-defense skills.

  1. Providing resources for education and training programs in trauma-informed care, peer support, collaboration, and empowerment.
  2. Funding initiatives that promote situational awareness and teach self-defense skills to individuals in need.
  3. Supporting outreach programs to raise awareness about important issues and advocate for positive change in society.
  4. Investing in technology and resources to enhance the organization’s ability to reach and impact more people.
  5. Allocating funds for administrative and operational expenses to ensure the smooth functioning of the organization and its programs.

Erie Gives - August 13, 2024

Your support is crucial in helping us make a positive impact on society and in the lives of those we serve. Partnering with us by making a donation, you are contributing to the empowerment and well-being of individuals in need. Together, we can create a more compassionate and supportive community where everyone feels valued and heard. Your donations help fund scholarships, resources for emotional well-being, and training in self-defense skills.

  1. Providing resources for education and training programs in trauma-informed care, peer support, collaboration, and empowerment.
  2. Funding initiatives that promote situational awareness and teach self-defense skills to individuals in need.
  3. Supporting outreach programs to raise awareness about important issues and advocate for positive change in society.
  4. Investing in technology and resources to enhance the organization’s ability to reach and impact more people.
  5. Allocating funds for administrative and operational expenses to ensure the smooth functioning of the organization and its programs.

Together We Can Make a Difference

  • Empower individuals to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential
  •  Provide essential resources and support to those in need
  •  Create a community where everyone feels valued and supported
  •  Offer educational programs that inspire personal growth and development
  •  Foster a culture of kindness, compassion, and positivity
  •  Organize events and initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing
  •  Collaborate with partners to amplify the impact and reach of our initiatives
  •  Advocate for positive change and social impact in our communities
  •  Transform lives and spread hope through our meaningful work

Scholarships for Those in Need

We are proud to offer scholarships to individuals transitioning out of shelters and to nonprofits that align with our mission and values. These scholarships provide access to education, training, and resources that can empower individuals to rebuild their lives and create a brighter future. Your donations help us fund these scholarships and support those who need it most.

Partnering to Help You

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Recent Projects

  • Providing coaching and resources to Domestic Violence survivors
  • Providing self defense training to Domestic Violence survivors
  • Networking at various events
  • Awareness on Sexual Harassment/Assault and Human Trafficking (November 2023)
    Partnership with US Army Reserve
  • Women’s Expo 2023: Why You Matter to Me! (October 2023)
    Partnership with Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce
  • Domestic Violence Walk: Speaker as a Domestic Violence Survivor (October 2023)
    Partnership with Women’s Services, Inc
  • My Story: From Domestic Violence Victim to Thriver
    Partnership with Erie City Moms
  • My Story: From Domestic Violence Victim to Thriver (April 2023)
    Partnership with Vision Source – Meadville, Pa
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Middle/High School (February 2024)
    Partnership with Good Karma Jiu Jitsu Academy and Lakeview High-Middle School
  • Self-Love Presentation + Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Moms (February 2024)
    Partnership with Erie City Moms
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Women (December 2023)
    Partnership with Good Karma Jiu Jitsu Academy and Women’s Services, Inc
  • Women’s Self Defense (November 2023)
    Partnership with Aaron Diaz (Valor Combat Academy of Meadville)
  • WS 2-4 Trauma Informed Situational Awareness and Self-Defense Workshop at Trauma-Informed & Resilient Communities Conference (September 2023)
    Partnership with PennWest – Edinboro
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Women (August 2023)
    Partnership with Women’s Bible Study in Medina NY
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Teens and Parents (August 2023)
    Partnership with Joy International
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense Public Demonstrations (June 2023)
    Partnership with Meadville Second Saturday
  • Situational Awareness and Self Defense for Children (June 2023)
    Partnership with Erie City Moms
  • Teaching Krav Maga to clients of Kayla Scheanon, LPC
    Partnership with Aaron Diaz (Valor Combat Academy of Meadville)
  • Teaching Situational Awareness and Krav Maga to 180 Children in Belize on a Mission Trip (May 2023)

Your Contribution Makes a Difference

Your charitable contributions will be dedicated to supporting initiatives that focus on teaching individuals how to set healthy boundaries emotionally and physically.

Your charitable contributions will be dedicated to supporting initiatives that focus on teaching individuals how to set healthy boundaries emotionally and physically. Specifically, your donations will help provide journals, encouragement bracelets, and encouragement cards for children and teens who have experienced or witnessed abuse. These resources play a crucial role in empowering individuals to navigate their emotions and experiences in a healthy and positive way.

Empowering Through Education

In addition to supporting emotional well-being, your contributions will also help purchase equipment and resources for teaching situational awareness and self-defense skills. These skills are essential for individuals in shelters, domestic violence survivors, and nonprofits, empowering them to protect themselves and others in challenging situations.

Making a Global Impact

Your support enables me to go on mission trips within the United States and other countries, where I provide trauma-informed care and comprehensive situational awareness training to individuals in need. These mission trips aim to empower individuals to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and awareness in all aspects of their well-being.

Contact the You Matter Foundation

If you have any questions, would like to contribute, or are interested in our programs and initiatives, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to connecting with you and working together to advance our shared vision.

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