Founder and CEO of the Respect Institute
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Courtney Macavinta is Co-Founder and CEO of The Respect Institute (Ri), whose mission is to give youth and their influencers tools to build self-respect so they can end cycles of disrespect and thrive.
Courtney is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy.
A nationally recognized youth development expert and award-winning journalist, Courtney is co-author of the best-selling book, RESPECT, and led the creation of groundbreaking self-respect building tools, such as The Respect Basics, used by more than 50,000 youth and their influencers in schools, jails, and prevention/intervention programs around the globe for the past decade. Most recently she was a top-five national finalist for the American Express NGen Leadership Award and was a Local Hero Award Winner by Cosmopolitan for Latinas.
This is her story.