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Kristin Decker

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIII

FEARLESS WOMEN

Kristin Decker

Kristin Decker inspires audiences everywhere to affect social change. Her passion for community engagement began when she ran 4,000 miles across the United States for young adults battling cancer. She ran in memory of her friend Matthew Peterson, who passed away after a battle with multiple myeloma. Matt’s friendship is a constant inspiration in her life. In one of his final letters to her, he wrote: “You will touch lives”. Kristin considers this to be her life’s motto, and she applies this message to her volunteering efforts. A project that is close to Kristin’s heart is Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM). Individuals involved with this project deliver food and necessities to people affected by homelessness, and they do so through cycling. Not only does UBFM give Kristin an opportunity to give back but being involved with UBFM also helped Kristin to overcome her fear of cycling. She is so passionate about the mission that she carried it with her to her new home: Kristin is the Founder of UBFM Colorado Springs! For Kristin, facing her fear inspired her to seek new experiences that initially seemed intimidating, and doing so has had a profound impact on her life. She recently spoke to 25,000 high school students about her life-threatening experience with bullying and mental health. She has received very positive feedback about her speech, and she plans to continue sharing her thoughts about bullying and mental health across the country. Kristin earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Memphis. When she isn’t affecting social change through volunteering, speaking, and working her daily profession, she enjoys outdoor activities and hanging out with loved ones. For Kristin, leaving her unmistakable sparkle with everyone she meets is an important, lifelong endeavor that she hopes to fulfill every day.

 

Kristin Decker
[email protected]
www.kdmotivates.com
224-406-0737

 

My Story

Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Bullying prevention is close to Kristin’s heart because she was bullied from the time she was in sixth grade through her senior year of high school. While Kristin endured bullying, she also battled an eating disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts and body dysmorphia. Kristin inspires everyone to know that we all go through something. Whatever that something is, it does not define who we are. In fact, our experiences can be the one thing we use to bring hope to others who are walking a similar journey.

 

Michelle Jenks

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume VIII

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Michelle Jenks

Michelle Jenks is the founder and Executive Director of The FUSIoN Project, a non-profit (501c3) organization that builds self-esteem in junior high school girls, with the intent to empower them and diminish the potential of victimization. She openly shares that she didn’t set out to start a program for junior high girls. Her desire was to help women who had been sex trafficked. As she heard more and more about this horrific epidemic, she felt compelled to join the fight. After years of searching for her place in that world, she was awakened one night with the idea that she could do something to prevent more girls from needing recovery. Since the average age of someone who is sex trafficked is 12-14, she chose to work with that age group—junior high. She can no longer imagine her life without these amazing girls. Michelle has long been concerned about the victimization of women and girls. She is driven to make an impact in as many lives as she can in her lifetime. She combines skills she has acquired through her varied background that includes being a high school youth group director, co-creator and developer of a bi-annual teen convention, volunteer coordinator for two rape crisis centers, corporate trainer and speaker, entrepreneur and church consultant. When Michelle is not speaking to groups, leading The FUSIoN Project programs or consulting, she chooses to spend her time with her family. She has been married to her husband Roger for 24 years. They love to go on adventures and hike around the United States. They have a total of five children and nine grandchildren, whom they cannot imagine life without.

 

Michelle Jenks
The FUSIoN Project
[email protected]
www.fusion4girls.org
630-402-6050

 

My Story

We All Have a Story

Everyone has a story. We all have specific moments in our history, in which our identity gets rooted. This is the story of one of those moments for a young girl who was highly competent with a low sense of worth. The story could have defined her, but it becomes one of the catalysts for the girl to find her self-worth, find her call and change the world, by becoming a leader and influencer of young girls and women around the country.

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