Strong Dayton

STRONG is a comprehensive program developed to prevent and treat the physical, emotional, and sexual victimization of children, teens, and young adults.

Self Empowerment STRONG promotes the power of empowerment in our groups to help young people develop their inner strengths, build confidence and self-esteem, and develop lasting life skills. We offer multiple groups for each age group. The groups are interactive with unique enrichment activities that make learning and expression fun! Safety & Prevention STRONG emphasizes self protection and abuse prevention by teaching social media safety, self defense classes, bullying prevention, and assertiveness skills in a warm, kid-friendly environment. Education & Activism STRONG operates under the premise that Knowledge IS Power by providing information on issues related to sexual abuse/trauma, victim rights, navigating the judicial system, resources for survivors and their families, and opportunities for positive societal change. Clinical Treatment STRONG offers confidential, professional clinical treatment for individuals and families. We offer treatment groups, including sexual abuse treatment, and parent support groups. We also provide services to sexually reactive children to help them eliminate sexual acting out behaviors, and promote safety.

Operating as usual

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

When asked how she would like to be remembered~

"Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has. To do something, as my colleague David Souter would say, outside myself. ‘Cause I’ve gotten much more satisfaction for the things that I’ve done for which I was not paid."

Thank you and Godspeed Notorious RBG. You will be missed.❤️

What's The Mental Health Impact Of COVID-19? Here in Ohio, businesses are starting to open back up after weeks of being closed. Many people are getting back to work and, for some, it feels like the

An open letter to State Sen. Stephen Huffman - YWCA Dayton This letter was sent to State Sen. Stephen Huffman’s office on June 12, 2020. Senator Huffman, During a Tuesday hearing considering the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 to declare racism a public health crisis in the state of Ohio, you asked if Black Ohioans could potentially have a high...

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

Grass Roots Summer Camps 2020 are now open for registration!

• Urban Survivalist
• BFF Social Club
• Lights, Camera, Action!
• Legos 2
• Absurd Challenges
• The Little Witch & Wizard Academy
•Drop it..Already!!!!
•Claymation and Stop Motion Films
• Apothecary

If you are registering siblings use
Code: SIBLINGDISCOUNT at checkout to receive $10 discount per camp registered.


Opportunity from Tragedy

ESTHERPEREL.COM Rethinking Emotional Connections

YWCA Dayton

Statistics show that women in abusive relationships are about 500 times more at risk when they leave. While the Internet is full of helpful advice, each situation is unique. Need help making your safety plan? We're here. ☎️ 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 937-222-SAFE. #OnAMission #endDV #WeAreYW

Channeling rebellious behavior into creative artwork.

Creative Problem Solving with Lego Therapy

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas."
~Charles Kettering

Happy New Year and Cheers to many new Ideas!

Dayton Surrealist Ball

The 5th Annual Surrealist Ball was pure magic!

It could never happen if it were not for the donations and hours upon hours of time, heart and energy our amazing volunteers pour into it every year!

Thank you for your generosity and donations of Drinks, Flowers, Food, Props, and Photography:

Steve Sliger and Elizabeth Rawson
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Oberer’s Flowers/ Florian Deruette
Melissa Walther
Ed Greene
Melissa Benbow
The Zoot Theatre Company/Tristan Cupp
Patrick Jason OReilly

Thank You, Entertainers!

Stephanie Sayre Filson/AnnDromeda
Scott Loy
Rhiannon Lori
Jimmy Joz
Ri Rie
Page Beller
Nathan Peters
Evan Duval

Last but...not least.
The biggest Thank You goes to our Surrealist Ball Comrades who put their life on hold and volunteer their time and talents to raise funds for Strong.

Thank you and I love you!

Art Director and Artist- Erica Blackstock Schindler
Dennis Mullins
George Marcus
Heidi Carter
Kristie Johnson Fisher
Cherish Harrel Brooks
Cara Rae
Jess Fecke
Galy Irene
Lou Becker
Rene Marie Rene Marie June Relliford
Arielle Ku’unani Bucio
Caleb Schindler
Shane Brooks
Kay M Sch
Debbie DeCasio
Seamus Martin

*If I forgot anyone please don’t be hurt, just tell me.
I don’t think I ever had to think so hard about a post before 😂

Strong will be participating Nov. 13th 12-3 pm and before/after the play offering resources about our program.

California's first surgeon general: Screen every student for childhood trauma

Yes. "One thing that tipped me off was the number of kids being sent to me by schools"

A benefit for STRONG and our 5th Annual Ball!
For more information or to purchase tickets go to

Dayton Surrealist Ball

Thank you for your contributions!❤️

The Met Gala looks “cute” next to our Dayton Surrealist Ball.
Thank you guest for your patience and your contributions to our Strong program and your fabulous and creative selves that become part of the art.
Here is a link to the gorgeous photography of Amanda Barbosa!

Here’s a sibling discount code you can use at checkout for any of our camps 5B169EE. Just copy and paste.
It offers $10 off and can be used for multiple camps!

Here’s a sibling discount code you can use at checkout for any of our camps 5B169EE. Just copy and paste.
It offers $10 off and can be used for multiple camps!

Summer Camps 2019
Our Summer Camps are for every kid, but especially for those with weird in their hearts


This program offers survivors housing, health care, counseling, and employment

17 Staggering Sexual Assault Statistics Everyone Should Read

I will add to this that there is an epidemic of child on child sexual abuse. This seems to be rising related to the porn industry targeting children, who then act out what they have seen with younger children. This sexual abuse can include violent rape, and can go on for years before it is discovered/disclosed. I get these cases literally every day in my private practice. The porn industry tampers with videos on You Tube, and other outlets, that kids love, i.e. My Little Pony, kitten videos, and transforms them into pornographic material. Porn pops up on innocent searches, and video games. Once viewed, this affects a child's brain like other addictive substances. It is not about an adult's right to view whatever they may choose. This is about children being targeted and damaged by the porn industry. The effects are devastating.
Please be aware, and look closely at what your children are viewing. My youngest client who became addicted to porn, through innocent exposure, and sexually acted out with other children was 5 years old. He is not the exception. In my practice, alone, I have worked with countless others. Sexual assault remains dramatically underreported, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, and understanding the staggering statistics around this all-to-common crime is important for finding ways to protect people and support victims. 

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

Here’s a sibling discount code you can use at checkout for any of our camps 5B169EE. Just copy and paste.
It offers $10 off and can be used for multiple camps!

Summer Camps 2019
Our Summer Camps are for every kid, but especially for those with weird in their hearts

Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center for Children & Families

I get a lot of requests for volunteer opportunities at Grass Roots, but because we run such intimate groups sizes there is not much opportunity for volunteers.
We have a 1/2 acre of yards space out back that is pretty vacant minus our herb garden, mud kitchen and magical trees.
I have noticed over the years that neighborhood kids sometimes play here when we’re gone and I had the idea that we should turn the backyard into a biodiversity garden- An Urban nature preserve that we could use as an outdoor classroom and the neighborhood kids could use as their own classroom and oasis.
My question to you by a show of “likes” is how many of you would be interested in a “Biodiversity Pot Luck”. You purchase and plant a native plant or seeds to help start our community nature preserve.

Claymation film by a teen group member

Claymation film by teen group member

Claymation film by teen group member

Young Teen Group working on characters for a Claymation film.
Based on positive outcomes resulting from failure.

Incredible talent!

One of our younger teens brought in some of his poetry tonight. Thank you D.E. and please keep writing!

One of our younger teens brought in some of his poetry tonight. Thank you D.E. and please keep writing!


This Indian village has found a unique way to protect newborn girls from infanticide

I’ve Talked With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don’t Know Author Laurie Halse Anderson shares her insights into what we aren't telling our boys


Well done. 👏👏👏

A Mighty Girl

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Dayton Surrealist Ball

Grass Roots is nominated in two categories:

Best Birthday Parties
Best Gala

If you have a minute (haha everyday for 16 days) we would greatly appreciate your vote!

While you’re still floating in the delightful ether of The Surrealist Ball please take a moment to vote us “Best Gala” in Dayton.
*You can vote once a day👯‍♂️

Dayton Surrealist Ball

Give and receive on this
Buy tickets to the Surrealist Ball and all proceeds go to
Ticket sales go towards covering costs for children without insurance, adjunct fees and supplies.
Help build a stronger and healthier community in the surrealist way.

“There was a permanent dark cloud in the house. It was abuse in every way. Mental. Physical. Sexual. It was permanent fear. Whenever my father was home, I just locked myself in my room and tried to be as quiet as possible. My mother and I finally escaped when I was six, but the abuse stayed with me. I didn’t make any friends at school. I couldn’t trust anyone. It was an open wound. But when I was fourteen, my mom told me that we could do something about it. She asked me if I’d be willing to testify. And I agreed. The trial happened two years later at my father’s military base. I hadn’t seen him in ten years. The lawyers told me I didn’t have to be in the courtroom when I testified, but I felt like I needed to face him. Just to show that I wasn’t afraid anymore. He was already seated when I walked in the room. I put my hand on the Bible and looked right at him. For a moment, I felt a stroke of fear wash over me. Like I was a kid again. But I set it aside and gave my testimony. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. I’ve moved on with my life. I don’t think about him. I’ve grown to look like him, but I’m not him. Even if someone tells me I’m him-- I’m not him. I’m me. I’ve lived my entire life to not be him.”


We offered a $10 discount to our past guests, so they would have first dibs. Now it's your turn! Go to
buy your ticket and at checkout use promo code: THANKYOU to receive your discount today.

CHANGEMAKER: noun: One who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.

Introducing the Changemaker Challenge! In honor of our 2017-18 Report to the Community released this week – We Are Changemakers, you can nominate a changemaker in our region now through Dec. 7. If selected, they will be eligible to direct $1,000 to his or her favorite nonprofit organization. Here’s how:

1. Upload a photo of the individual you are nominating. (If possible, upload a photo of the person you are nominating, or yourself, in action)

2. Tell us why this person is making a difference in the community by answering this question, “How is this person (or you, if you are nominating yourself) creating change in Greater Dayton? (Ideas: starting a pet shelter or making pillows for the homeless)

3. Use hashtag #TDFChangemakerChallenge
Our community has its issues like any other, but WE KNOW that there are people who are working hard, in EVERY corner of Greater Dayton, to make things better. Let’s show them how much we appreciate them! On your mark. Get set. Go!

More information and guidelines ->

Strong Dayton

Tonight's 9-12 yr. old Group art project was inspired by a work originally done by Artist: Nicholaus Arnold from The Blue House Gallery.
I asked the kids to give each bag an emotion. The did great work! Each bag had it's own story.

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