Meet some of our alumnae who earned their wings, and now they are flying high!

Hello, my name is Christine Almendras! I am currently 20 years old, Filipino, and am a 2nd year at the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, I am majoring in Art (Digital Media) with a double minor in Journalism and Communication Studies. In the future, I want to be able to work as a graphic designer for a company (local or global). My goals in life are to become a successful graphic designer, graduate college with a high GPA and be the first in my family to graduate from a higher institution in the US, and live in a big city such as San Francisco or Seattle with a cute dog. I entered the Purple Wings program in 2013-2014, and both went through the program and later volunteered as a mentor afterwards. Although Purple Wings was a mere four years ago, this program impacted my life immensely at that time. As a confused, insecure high schooler, Purple Wings was able to give me a safe haven where I could be myself as well as gain confidence and skills that would be important later in life. The facilitators, and mentors worked hard so that I could be successful in high school and have a group of powerful women to look up to. Although, I have moved on and grown, I am grateful everyday for the lessons and advice that these mentors at Purple Wings gave me, and it helped allow me to become the woman I am today.

My name is Paige Twitchell, I am 20 years old and originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a junior psychology major at Loyola University New Orleans, and I plan to go to graduate school and achieve my PhD. I work two jobs full-time in addition to being a full-time student. When I joined Purple Wings, I felt like my life had no direction and that authority figures dictated all the choices I could make for myself. Purple Wings gave me the opportunity to express problems in my personal life with more experienced women, and taught me how to be assertive rather than aggressive. It also gave me a community of young women to feel connected to and feel understood by. Purple Wings taught me how to help myself and how to help others, and gave me the courage and hope I needed to truly invest in the prosperity of my future.


When you start a fundraiser, you’re helping women and girls receive support through mentorship. You are providing a safe place to meet. You’re providing snacks, meals, personal care items, and clothing. You educate your own community on human trafficking, and violence against women and girls.  You allow us to take girls on outings who have never ventured outsde of their zip code to explore the beauty of their own city. You are the change you want to see in the world. You are raising awareness, and breaking the silence.


$20 allows a mentor to transport her mentee to provide support, and behavioral health.


$50 allows us to provide snacks, and breakfast items during girls circle!



$100 allows us to take our girls on field trips to provide new and exciting experiences.


$500 allows us to pay our rent at our safe haven.