enough to send two children to the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch.
The ranch, set to open later this year, will provide treatment for
children aged eight to 12 who have been sexually abused. Lee, 16 years
old and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse herself, has already
fundraised $22,000 for Little Warriors.
Now that she’s been accepted into the Youth Ambassadors Program she
hopes to glean some big ideas to help her fundraise that $50,000. The
program brings high school students and adult mentors from countries
across the Americas together to increase mutual understanding, develop
leadership skills and prepare youth to be active citizens in their
Alison said the mentors will be giving the youth information and
guidance on being an active citizen and how to organize a fundraising
event in their home community, one of the requirements of
participating in the program.
“I’ve never got to listen to big entrepreneurs and how to plan
fundraising events,” she said. “I’d really love to get to the point
where I can do a big fundraiser and have that insight on how to do a
budget and how to get sponsorships.”
As an advocate for children who have been sexually abused, Alison said
she wants to bring awareness and help prevent sexual abuse.
“One in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the
time they’re 18. When you say that statistic, not many people
understand that’s one in three walking past (you) in the street,” she
The three-week exchange program will see Lee travel first to Ottawa on
July 20 where she’ll join 20 other high school students from across
Canada. After a couple of days in Ottawa, the students will travel to
Plattsburgh, New York, then to New York City and Washington, D.C.
“Not many kids get to go on a three-week exchange,” she said. “I’m so
excited because I’ve never travelled outside of Canada. It’s pretty
cool to be 16 and going to the White House.”
While the cost of her trip is paid for, Alison is having a hard time
getting some spending money together since she depleted her savings
following a car collision a month ago.
“Some lady totalled my car so I’ve had to use all my savings to buy a
new car and I come from a low-income family and my family can’t really
afford to give me money,” she said.
Anyone who’d like to help Alison can call 403-345-5437 or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m hoping I can get 10 people who can just help me out with $100,
then I’ll be good. My mom’s worried about health care and stuff, like
if something happened to me down there,” Alison said.
*Her mom added check out a short documentary on YouTube produced by Shaw in Edmonton. Alison is on the fourth episode. Called “building brave.”