About Us

The Idea and Inspiration

 

Blue Hearts Project is an online storytelling platform, engaging survivors worldwide to share their stories of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Survivors can heal and feel liberated, while also helping to validate the experiences of others. These real-life stories allow others to better understand their own situations, see commonalities, feel less alone, and see a path to overcome and break free. 

The initiative was inspired by the firsthand work of international speaker and activist, Ashley Bendiksen, who shares her story year-round as a survivor of abuse. Through her advocacy, many began to ask how they can share their story to help others too. Knowing the power of brave, open, and honest dialogue about abuse, she wanted to build a platform. Now is the time for change. Blue Hearts Project will facilitate this, encouraging survivors and bystanders alike to learn, speak out, and break the silence on abuse.

Meet the Founder

Ashley Bendiksen is the Founder of the Blue Hearts Project – an initiative that’s been inspired by her everyday work as an international speaker and award-winning activist on the topics of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault. With her personal mission rooted in empowerment and social change, the Blue Hearts Project gives others the same chance to use their stories to heal, help others, and break the long-standing silence that keeps abuse alive. Despite years of victimization, adversity, homelessness, and dropping out of college, Ashley would rise to graduate as Class Valedictorian with a degree in justice studies, leading an accomplished career in victim services, advocacy, communications, and social justice. Learn more on Ashley’s site.

Meet the Team

Meighread
Dandeneau

Marketing & Design
Advisory Board

Madison
Fugere

Social Media
Advisory Board

Cierra
Vicente

Development
Advisory Board

Melena
Rodriguez

Student Ambassador

Hannah
Carvalho

Student Ambassador

Get Involved With Us!

Intern Opportunities

With the launch and rapid growth of Blue Hearts Project, we’re seeking a few enthusiastic individuals to help us make an even bigger impact! The following roles are needed:

  • Social Media Manager (Instagram and Facebook)
  • Website and Blog Assistant
To apply, email your resume and a cover letter or written email describing you interest and qualifications to blueheartsproject.contact@gmail.com

Student Ambassadors

Do you believe in our mission and want to help spread the word? Become a BHP Student Ambassador! Help us collect stories, empower survivors, and help victims break free. Promote BHP on campus, run a social media campaign, host events, hang flyers, and more!

To sign up, email blueheartsproject.contact@gmail.comOnce approved, you’ll receive a welcome email, a one-pager with starter ideas, and a link to various marketing materials!

Something else?

Interested in partnering? Booking a keynote or prevention workshop? Writing a news feature on this project? Talk to us!