Saving Our Daughters, a 501 c-3 organization which works with teenage girls from multicultural backgrounds through theater, music, film, television and culinary arts, to help them to overcome the many obstacles they face growing up: bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers. Saving Our Daughters creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and fired up to take the power away from negative issues as celebrity supported art programs, educate girls beyond the borders of a traditional classroom.
Saving Our Daughters initiatives are rooted in the arts and entertainment and focus on reaching thousands of teen girls and youth across the country with help from celebrity, corporate and community partners, making it possible to spark positive thoughts and actions.
Saving Our Daughters took on a deeper meaning in 2009, when the Founders Debbie and Curtis Benjamins’ youngest daughter, Iliss Marie, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In 2011, she sadly lost her battle to cancer at 12 years old. Since 2014, the engine of Curtis and Debbie’s work is now fueled by the devastating loss of his daughter.