It was the first time I realized I was not alone.

Stories Of Courage

Gina’s Story

When I came to Courage360 I felt isolated.

I had come to America from the Philippines, didn’t speak English well, and was in an abusive relationship. I thought that I was the only person in my situation, but on the first day of class, I learned that many of my classmates faced similar problems. It was the first time I realized that I was not alone.

Little things that the Courage360 instructors did encouraged me to move out of my comfort zone. They had us sit in different seats every day so that we would talk to different classmates. They planted the seed in my mind that I could be brave, and that I could have my own identity – I didn’t have to be tied to anyone else. They made me feel valuable, and I promised myself that if I ever made it out my situation, I would go on to help people like my mentors helped me.

After I graduated from Courage360, I gave myself a fresh start. I broke contact with unhealthy people in my life and I pursued higher education. I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s, and am now working on my PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. When I consult with clients, helping them realize their value and inspiring them to find their courage, I use the same approach that my Courage360 mentors used with me. Now, instead of being self-conscious about English being my second language, I’m proud to tell people that I am multi-lingual, and I am confident speaking in front of groups of people. Courage360 helped me find that confidence.