Women of Worth
Lulu Cerone was just 9 years old when an earthquake devastated Haiti, but the heartbreaking images she saw on the news inspired her to take action. She organized a boys vs. girls lemonade fundraiser in her class – bringing in $4,000 to support disaster relief efforts. The experience led her to create LemonAID Warriors, a youth activism organization that connects children to worthy causes and provides unique action plans to create tangible social good.
Every year, an estimated 1.3 million children go missing in the United States. If a missing child is not recovered within the first 48 hours, there is a 1 in 3 chance that they will be trafficked or solicited for sex. After surviving human sex trafficking as a teen, Theresa Flores founded S.O.A.P, which stands for ‘Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution,’ to raise awareness and provide resources for other victims.
“The arts work to restore dignity, encouraging the survivor’s voice to come out of hiding and help create the safety of exploring extremely painful stories in a positive and productive way,” said Anne Pollack. “Art is a deeply reliable companion and an indescribably powerful coping strategy to manage PTSD. It restores a sense of inner peace and order in lives that are so deserving of our support.”