All times shown are in the time zone of the event.
May 14, 2013, Bridge Meadows Bridge Builders Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Build a Bridge, Change a Life.” Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland OR 97205. Limited seating; for tickets contact Lani Faith at 503.593.1100 x102 or email@example.com.
May 18, 2013, Orange County Foster Youth Leadership Summit, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. “Finding Your Voice: Developing Young Leaders.” 200 Kalmus, Bldg. D, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
June 7, 2013, National Foster Parent Association Conference, Workshop at 2:00 – 3:30. “Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through.” Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, CA 90802
June 8, 2013, National Foster Parent Association Conference, Closing Session beginning at 9:00 a.m. “Tips for Preventing Trafficking of Foster Kids.” Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, CA 90802
June 20, 2013, The Purple Project for Foster Youth, 2013, Workshops: “Success after Foster Care” and “Protecting Foster Kids from Human Trafficking.” Cleveland State University, 1983 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
October 5, 2012, Free event at Bridge Meadows, Portland, Oregon, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. “Stacking the Deck in Favor of Kids.”
October 6, 2012, HOPE UNLIMITED Banquet, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon.
October 20, 2012, Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California.
November 8, 2012 , Christian Family Services Annual Dinner, Rite Charles, 9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. For information go to http://cfskc.org/events or email Shelley@cfskc.org or call Mark Barone at 913.383.3337
March 22, 2013, Royal Family Kids Night 2 Remember, 6:30 – 8:30. Change Point Church, 6689 Change Point Drive, Anchorage, Alaska.
Comments from Attendees
“You were the package that I needed… Pretty, smart, Christian, from a bad background, and successful with money–all in one vessel! I love your song and I needed to hear it! –Laurie Jackson, Diamond BeachBody Coach (Attendee of Royal Family Kids Night 2 Remember)
“Your encouraging words made us all feel as if there were no goals unachievable. I absolutely loved it!” –Becca Adkinson, Store Manager Nordstrom Fashion Island
“You are a trophy of God’s Grace. Thanks for having the courage to share.” –Wayne Tesch, Founder and CEO Royal Family Kids
“We had the pleasure of having Rhonda Sciortino speak at Olive Crest’s annual Power of One event. Our guests were captivated by her inspirational story and powerful testimony of overcoming the odds of growing up in the foster care system. Giving back through her life-changing work, Rhonda empowers and offers hope to those facing life’s obstacles, and she encourages others to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.” –Donald Verleur, CEO Olive Crest
“Rhonda Sciortino is a motivator who inspires her listeners to reach beyond themselves and make a difference. I am very pleased to recommend Ms. Sciortino to you as a compelling and articulate voice for those who have no voice.” –Sandra Morgan, Director Global Center for Women and Justice Vanguard University
“In the 25 years I have worked with vulnerable children and youth, I can count on one hand those who have really succeeded like Rhonda Sciortino. Usually they just survive or remain victims; not Rhonda. She has chosen to trust God, forgive those who hurt her, and decided to leave the victim/martyr option alone. As a result, she has peace of mind, a clean heart, and is living the dream that God intended for her all along.” –Connie Clendenan, CEO Valley Teen Ranch
“Ms. Sciortino was a delightful speaker, entertaining and moving to our audience. She has a true heart for the plight of foster children and abused children. Ms. Sciortino has reconciled her past experiences of abuse into a ministry of education and encouragement. I believe that God has called her to share her experience as a ministry of healing and hope, both for herself and others.” –Leah Emerson Associate in Ministry, Mission Lutheran Church
“Rhonda Sciortino brings a powerful message of hope to those who are hurting and in despair and I have no doubt she has made a significant difference in the lives of our young moms at Fristers. It is my hope that her story and experiences will gain a greater audience to encourage the millions who are in need.” –Ali Woodard, Founder and President Fristers
“Rhonda, God’s love flowed through you today. Words can’t express my appreciation. May God richly bless you. I pray that you are willing to share your story with many others and touch their lives like you did today.” –Barbara Moyer, Event Chair, Glenkirk Church Women’s Ministries and life-long mentor to Rhonda and countless others
“Great!!! What a miracle your life is and your sharing with all of us. You kept everyone’s attention—I watched the faces of the people around me. Continue to share. God is using you to tell of His goodness.” –Tina Robinson, Founder & CEO, Teens Happy Home
“Rhonda, you were wonderful!! I am a crier, and my tears of joy would not stop flowing. God is so wonderful and your story is just a great testimony for everyone.” –Dr. CeCe Jefferson, Founder & CEO, Fred Jefferson Memorial Home
“Wonderful, inspiring, a friend to foster kids and the people who care for them.” –Patrick “Ozzie” Oswald, Chaplain, California Family Life Center Hemet, CA
Quotes from Foster Youth and Foster Alumni:
“It was wonderful. I am SO glad she was able to come. It gave me a lot of insight, not only into my situation, but how to live my life.”
“I liked that Rhonda encouraged us – we need more of that”
“It was nice to be able to meet someone that was a foster child in the past, and that has a wonderful life.”
“This session was really helpful and inspirational to me cause it gave a lot more hope for my future and it showed me that you can do whatever you want, if you have the passion for it and put your mind into it.”
“Mrs. Sciortino taught me that no matter what anyone says to try and put me down and say that I can’t do it, that I’m the ONLY ONE who can change my life and succeed in my life.”
“Was really interested in what Rhonda was saying – it gave me hope that I could become something in life. LOVED IT”