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pjimage-5 Amy: “Having a voice for those who cannot speak” | March 21, 2017

SYS: Why does wearing The Stitch matter to you? Amy: Learning about #TheStitch was a very warming stumble-upon. Growing up, my mother worked for Children’s Services; she has the biggest heart you’ve ever seen. With that said, many a night … Continued

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DSC_0850-2 Beautiful Photography + Yummy Cookies = Isabelle! | March 14, 2017

Beautiful photography + yummy cookies. These are two things we love*. (*My favorite is cookies though.) We have some pretty special people who work behind the scenes to make Speak Your Silence what it is, and make it meaningful for … Continued

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unspecified-75 The Rock Stars Who Make Our Counseling Program Awesome | March 7, 2017

Our pal Alex from Boise State University  reached out a couple months back asking to do her service-learning project with Speak Your Silence. Obviously, we responded with a calm and sophisticated, “OOOHHHHHH YEEAAAAHHHH!!!” And, so, she got to work! Alex … Continued

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blog image The Misconception of Forgiveness | February 28, 2017

“Forgiveness” is a topic that pops up fairly frequently around here and rarely fails to get a fairly wide array of reactions. And, understandably so. I thought I’d chime in and give my two cents, from the perspective of my … Continued

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pjimage-4 Emily: “I will be by your side” | February 21, 2017

SYS: Why does wearing The Stitch matter to you? Emily: #TheStitch has made an impact in the life of my family and I over the years. Wearing the Stitch matters to me because it’s a conversation starter and subtle sign … Continued

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img_5129 Speak Your Silence Appoints Dan Harrington as Board Chair | February 16, 2017

Today is a big day, because after more than a yearlong search, Speak Your Silence has appointed Dan Harrington to fill Liz Thompson’s seat as our Board Chair! For nearly three years, we’ve been incredibly blessed to have an amazing … Continued

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pjimage Shellie: “There is a path to happiness, the ability to live a life you love” | February 7, 2017

Discovering #TheStitch and wearing it every day is so important to me. It gives me an opportunity to declare that people do not need to be silent, that they are not alone. When I learned about The Stitch, I thought … Continued

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isabella Isabella: “I wasn’t alone” | January 31, 2017

SYS: Why does wearing The Stitch matter to you? Isabella: Being a victim of sexual abuse you automatically feel that you are different from others. A mixture of shame, loneliness, and feeling used. There are many moments where I felt … Continued

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mikayla Out In The Wild! | January 24, 2017

Last week, we had one of the coolest experiences since Speak Your Silence came to be! Ash (my wife) and I flew to Denver to spend time with family on a purely fun trip.  No business.  And it was, indeed, … Continued

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blog-image The Ink in Your Story | January 17, 2017

“I should get The Stitch tattooed.” We started hearing people saying this back when The Stitch was brand new, in it’s infancy stage.  Before The Stitch kit even existed, in fact. We remember thinking, “Wow, that’d be amazing if someone … Continued

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Our Crazy Awesome Volunteers and What We Put Them Through! | January 10, 2017

If you haven’t met Rose, she’s been a fixture in our office. She’s given more hours than I’d like to count and has done it with quite the generous heart. She wears The Stitch daily and epitomizes what SYS is … Continued

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hailee Hailee: “A voice for those who have not yet found their own” | January 3, 2017

SYS: Why does wearing The Stitch matter to you? Hailee: The number one reason I wear #TheStitch is so that I can be a voice for those who have not yet found their own. When I first found out about … Continued

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img_2276 Probably The Most Interesting Year-End Blog Post Ever! :) | December 31, 2016

Hey friends! Here’s my favorite quote of the year from our friend Jireh in San Diego: “The Stitch for me is the symbol of my friends, my family, my faith, and other people who are wearing it to remind me … Continued

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unspecified-13 Paradigm Shifts | December 27, 2016

When Matt asked me to work with Speak Your Silence, I was ecstatic! Like, over the moon, I-did-a-happy-dance-when-I got-his-email ecstatic! I had been in love with Speak Your Silence’s mission for a long time and had volunteered for months because … Continued

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jireh-blog-image Jireh: “The Stitch Saved My Life” | December 20, 2016

SYS: “Why does wearing The Stitch matter to you?” JIREH: It is an honor to answer that question. “It saved my life.” The answer seems so simple, yet so powerful. I found out about #TheStitch when I was in my … Continued

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main-blog-image Behind The Scenes At Our Winter Photo Shoot! | December 13, 2016

Visual storytelling is a big deal around here. If you think about it, it’s really challenging for us to share our mission via photography.  We can’t exactly take photos of fresh water wells we’ve dug or schools we’ve built, like … Continued

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dsc_0496-feature Q&A w/ Alanna, The Newest Member of Our Crew! | December 6, 2016

Man, oh man, things got busy around here this year!  If you hadn’t noticed, I went from blogging a lot… to not.  🙂  But, it’s been a great problem to have, as we quadrupled our reach this year with 24,000+ … Continued

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unspecified-63 Matt’s Chat With Jane Mosbacher Morris (The Magnificent) | November 23, 2016

Meet Jane Mosbacher Morris! She’s quite possibly the coolest cat you’ll ever meet*. She’s been a friend of mine and served on Speak Your Silence’s Advisory for a couple years now. She’s a rock star young female founder/CEO and I … Continued

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Liquido Friends and Giveaways! | October 25, 2016

Here at Speak Your Silence, we love making new friends. As we’ve been growing, we’ve been collaborating with a variety of different brands, but most importantly, we’ve been making friends with people who are making a lot of impact in … Continued

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blog-image Today We Turn 4! | October 18, 2016

Today’s a big day! We turn 4!! I never seem to remember until the day or two after our anniversary, and then I say, “Ah, dang it, I missed it again!” But, this time around, I remembered two days early! … Continued

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IMG_0183 Thank You, Camp Fangamer!! | August 24, 2016

A couple weeks back, a fun and hilarious time was had in Tucson!. What happened?  Camp Fangamer.  That’s what happened! Just like last year, I was totally confused about what was happening all weekend – but I started to figure … Continued

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blog image Special Delivery | August 9, 2016

I love that although we all go through tough things in life that hurt us, none of these experiences have impact on our worth. I hear from a lot of people – both in person and over email – who … Continued

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video image Video Interview: Our Voice with Rebecca Evans | July 14, 2016

Recently, I interviewed with Rebecca Evans for a television segment in Boise called Our Voice. We had a good time chatting about Speak Your Silence’s mission, about The Stitch, and how you can be part of this. -Matt

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IMG_4304 Believe Them & Love Them. Love Them & Believe Them. | July 13, 2016

I recently did a Q&A format talk in front of a group of business people to share about Speak Your Silence. There was no pitch. It was simply me sitting down, having a conversation about the story behind SYS, what … Continued

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blog image My Fear of Being The Next News Headline | June 9, 2016

This is a post that is best read beginning to end, so to give context and avoid misunderstanding. There’s been a lot of talk lately around the news headline of a terrible instance of rape at Stanford University. You can … Continued

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DSCF2084 Why Are Your Part Of This? | June 2, 2016

I’m curious, why are you part of this? Why do you care? Why do you wear The Stitch?

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blog image Seen #TheStitch While Out and About? | May 26, 2016

Have you seen someone wearing The Stitch out and about? I want to hear your story!  🙂

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SJ2A3052 Imagine If We Knew Our Worth | May 24, 2016

I often think about how different our world would be if we each knew how valuable we are.

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ward2 Meet Murph, The Newest Member of Our Office (the desk, not the dude) | May 19, 2016

Q: What do you do when your office begins to burst at the seams, leaving room for either you (meaning me) or volunteers, but not really both?

A: You sucker your buddy into building an incredible “murphy desk”!

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blog image One of a Kind, Just Like Your Voice | May 12, 2016

Being as the zigzag is physically symbolic of the frequency wave of your voice – which is truly unique to you – we thought the same should be true when you wear The Stitch.

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Phil In Honor & Memory of Phil Buckendorf | May 10, 2016

The very thing that Phil loved – one-on-one conversation and relationship – is exactly what others will be receiving in his honor.

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blog image Made in America! | May 6, 2016

We’ve found that you all love The Stitch, and then you fulfill our mission on our behalf by sharing it with everyone you know and love.

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blog image 9 Ways To Rock #TheStitch White Tee! | April 26, 2016

We wanted to show you all the fun ways to rock The Stitch classic white v!  It’s a perfect fit for whatever you’ve got up your sleeve!

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blog image My Challenge To You: Do 2 Things That Scare You | April 21, 2016

When it comes to turning a once-negative thing into a positive thing that can bring truth, light, and hope to the lives of others… well, there’s nothing better.

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blog pic The Fam Saved The Day! | April 19, 2016

Membership is $5+ per month. In one year, at $5 a month, you fund one counseling session for someone who couldn’t otherwise afford it on their own.  🙂

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blog image How Does Our Counseling Program Work? | April 14, 2016

We find that, for some people, the (seemingly simple) act of applying for counseling on our website is the most profound step toward healing that they’ve ever taken.

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blog banner FIRST THURSDAY: Piece Unique + The Stitch! | April 7, 2016

We’re teaming up with our downtown Boise friends at Piece Unique Clothing Co to promote The Stitch all throughout the month of April.

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blog banner Forgiveness = Reclaiming Power | April 5, 2016

Choose to forgive. Because your life is far too precious to be spent being angry about someone else’s actions, of which you have zero control.

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Q Commons '15_stevecowellphoto-45 What Does The Stitch Represent? | March 31, 2016

When you wear The Stitch, you’re symbolically wearing your voice, showing support for people you love to share their stories.

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blog image By Blessing Others, We Too Are Blessed | March 29, 2016

I have a luxury in my job in that I get to access the best in people. And, by building others up, they are built up.

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BPA post - blog This Partnership Was Meant To Be | March 24, 2016

You probably don’t realize this, but our counseling program was meant to be. Plain and simple.

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kit blog banner Today’s Lucky Number is 10,000! | March 22, 2016

10,000 individuals have now physically held The Stitch kit in their hands!

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blog banner “I Want You To Incorporate Forgiveness” | March 17, 2016

By forgiving, what you are doing is giving up any claim to what happened and stripping it of any control or weight it has over your life and well-being. Forgiveness is for YOU…

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blog banner The Stitch kit is in CAUSEBOX! | March 15, 2016

I have to tell you, I am just thrilled that The Stitch kit is in CAUSEBOX this Spring! Such a neat door to open for us!

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blog image This Is A Teaser, Designed To Drive You Crazy | March 8, 2016

We have some fun stuff happening around here! Ah man, I want to tell you all about it, but I can’t just yet!

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IMG_3643 - cropped I Am Not A Victim | March 3, 2016

In my TEDx talk this past weekend, I mentioned that while I was a victim at one time, I am no longer.

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IMG_8045 TEDxEmory Was Fantastic! | March 1, 2016

What an honor to speak at TEDxEmory at Emory University in Atlanta this past weekend!

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DSCF2096 - 2 What If We All Realized Our Worth? | February 25, 2016

Here’s my question for you: How much different do you think our world would be if every single person knew his/her innate, infinite worth?

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tedx I’m Speaking At TEDxEmory Next Week | February 18, 2016

Next week I’ll be heading to Atlanta, Georgia to speak at TEDxEmory at Emory University!

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IMG_7655 You Are So Enough | February 16, 2016

This week we’re doing a really fun collaboration – an instagram giveaway, actually – with some orgs/brands that I love.

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laura #TheStitch + Fashion Tips! | February 11, 2016

Laura’s a bubbly personality who you can’t help but like, and she featured us on her rad fashion blog!

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Reid Meet Reid, The Newest Member of Our Advisory! | February 9, 2016

This is Reid. I call him “Reidsy-poo”, but no one knows that. He’s my old college roommate and one of my favorite people. And now, he’s the newest member of our Advisory. Ooohh yyyeeeaaaahhhh!

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IMG_7614 The Relationship Box | February 4, 2016

“Awesome – now, every single thing that Speak Your Silence does or says has to be rooted in at least one of these three core values. Everything.”

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IMG_3519 Fun (And Busy!) Spring Ahead! | February 2, 2016

We have some fun stuff ahead this spring! In the mean time, we’ve had some awesome volunteers in here lately helping assemble and package The Stitch kits.

 

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SJ2A2611 Our Gray Pocket Tees Are Back In Stock! | February 1, 2016

Our gray pocket tees are back in stock! (*BONUS: All styles and colors are now available in sizes small through XL!)

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SJ2A3021 Constant Movement | January 28, 2016

There’s nothing more energizing than hearing stories from all of you who are changing lives, and whose lives are being changed. It fuels our tanks.

 

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IMG_3569 Boldly Safe | January 26, 2016

In a sense, it seems a bit contradictory that the safest people… are actually the boldest. But, it’s true.

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SJ2A3124 Issues Are A Bummer. Causes Are Inspiring. | January 21, 2016

To me, issues represent problems; problems with no obvious solutions. Causes, on the other hand, represent solutions. They inspire me to take action.

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IMG_7395 Our Biggest Month Ever? | January 19, 2016

This month is probably going to be our biggest month ever – at least, in regard to the number of people who come to us for counseling!

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Q Commons '15_stevecowellphoto-49 Motivated By Truth | January 18, 2016

I believe the most important thing that Speak Your Silence, as an organization, or I, as a human being, can do is deliver truth (with love) into people’s lives.

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packaging - blog Who Doesn’t Like Opening Presents? | January 14, 2016

…we designed our packaging so that when you receive your shirt in the mail from us, it’s all about you + you get to open it like a present.

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sys_intern_blog copy We’re Looking For An Intern! | January 13, 2016

If you have a big heart, fantastic people skills, and a killer work ethic, we’d love to have you work with us!

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SJ2A3128 Having A Voice vs. Being Heard | January 12, 2016

Having a voice and being heard are two very, very different things.

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IMG_7314 Your Unique Role | January 7, 2016

We each have such a unique and valuable role to play. And our voice, when used, can make impact that we never imagined.

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campground Let’s Be Friends. | January 5, 2016

I may not be the most knowledgeable in some areas, or the most talented in other areas… but it seems as though I can make more impact by simply being a friend anyway.

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