Empowering the community is key message behind grassroots ‘Rise UP’ movement


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Their mission is to make the world a safer place, and Tenecia Waddell and Rachel Sitarz hope an upcoming event will begin the conversation and help provide people with the tools they need to feel safe and be safe every day.

“We want to empower people. We want to give people the tools, the technology, the mental strength and physical strength to be safe, feel empowered and to get themselves out of any situation,” said Waddell on News 18 This Morning.

Both Waddell and Sitarz are CEOs of companies that revolve around different ways to empower others.

Sitarz is the head of Cyber Inform, and she is building a safety app that she hopes will launch in January of 2017.

“The app is a proactive safety tool that anyone can have on their phone,” explained Sitarz. “You can put safety ratings on different locations that you visit.”

The app, called Blue Box will also directly connect you with local dispatchers.

“The takeaway is to know that within your own community that these grassroots efforts are being taken to cultivate proactive safety,” said Waddell, CEO of TR Safety Solutions — which provides safety training in individual and group settings, as well as firearms training and firearms proficiency.

Visitors are also encourage to contribute to a community art project that will be at the event.

“We’re going to have the Rise Up logo on a canvas,” said Waddell. “Everyone is invited to come and put a thumb print, a brush stroke, hand print, or whatever they want to do in support of personal empowerment.”

The Rise UP Proactive Safety Movement is Tuesday, Dec. 6. It will be from 6-8 p.m. at Carnahan Hall on Main Street. The event is free and open to everyone, but organizers ask that you let them know ahead of time if you are coming. You can do that here.