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RESPECT co-author, Courtney Macavinta, blogs for girls and women about how to build your self-respect and spread respect for all! At The Respect Institute she teaches people of all ages how to integrate The Respect Basics into their lives, work and advocacy. More about About Courtney

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About Respect Rx

Respect Rx is published by Courtney Macavinta, co-author of the critically acclaimed book RESPECT: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed. Whether you're a teen girl or girl advocate, you can get the scoop on self-respect, sisterhood and social change here.

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About Courtney

Courtney Macavinta is co-founder and president of The Respect Institute, which provides youth and their influencers with the vision and tools they need to build self-respect and spread respect for all.

She is an award-winning author, speaker and coach who has reached more than a million youth and families through her work, including programs, such as the Respect Rally, blog RespectRx.com and best-selling book, RESPECT (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005), which has won both IPPY and iParenting awards. Courtney creates and leads programs for The Respect Institute and is our spokesperson.

Throughout her tumultuous youth in San Jose, Calif., Courtney dealt with many of the same issues teens face today, from self-doubt and negative body image to risky choices, bullying, potential high-school dropout and confusion about her multi-racial identity—she's of Mexican, Filipino, Portuguese, French and Irish descent. Her hard-working family also struggled for respect amid substance abuse, incarceration, violence, poverty and racism. Like many, she fought to find respect without a compass or clue—then discovered it was within all along. Today that is her message to people everywhere: Respect is always within reach because true respect starts on the inside.

Courtney has been featured on CNN, ABC, Fox, National Public Radio, MSNBC and in USA Today, CosmoGIRL!, Teen People, Teen Vogue, Mothering, Glamour, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News and numerous other media. She also has been featured as a role model in the books The Quarterlifer's Companion, and Cool Women, Hot Jobs. Having been in online media since 1995, Courtney formerly was Editorial Director of the groundbreaking and Webby-nominated online and radio network ChickClick. Additionally, her articles have been published by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, The Sacramento Bee, CBS News.com and others.

She has spoken, trained or led event programs for youth, adults and organizations across the country coaching them to use The Respect Basics to end cycles of disrespect and thrive. She has partnered with organizations such as Girls Inc., the YMCA, YPO-WPO, Omega Institute Teen Camp, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Girl Scouts of the USA, the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, Girls For A Change, Girls Rock! Camp, the state women's conferences, Junior League, Sidwell Friends Schools, KIPP and and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. Additionally, she led a special program for teens attending the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and was invited to the White House in 2010 based on her work in domestic violence prevention and youth development.

Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified co-active coach (CPCC) through the renowned Coaches Training Institute as well as a graduate of its Leadership Program. She lives in Northern California with her husband, former pro athlete and Respect Rally co-leader Jeremy Cleland, and son Tru.

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Why I Want Girls To Get Respect (Or My Life As a Teen Wild Child)

Oh, yes I have the decent book authorish, homeowner, mentor-y credentials now. But when I was girl, teen and young*er* woman, I couldn't get out of this abusive releationship. With myself. I went through lots of traumas and dramas and self-hatred. (Keep reading for my rap sheet).

Was this just growing up girl? Nope. I needed to be hooked up to a self-respect drip. Thank gawd I now know how to get my fix.

Although I've doubled in age since some of my biggest disrespect spirals, it's all still right here in the old memory bank. I guess what I'm saying to the girls of the world to whom I'm SO majorly devoted to today: I can relate, sisters.



Q&A with Courtney

Q. Why did feel the need to write a book for girls about respect?
A. For starters, when we were teens we struggled with issues that leave a mark on any girl—negative body image or labels, doubts about our intelligence, seemingly “world-ending” mistakes, unhealthy relationships with guys and family members, and violence.