WELCOME TO THE
You Deserve More (YDM) Academy
You Deserve More (YDM) is a women’s empowerment academy that was founded by Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham, President & CEO of The Empathy and Resilience Center, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c) (3), faith-based organization.
YDM represents a community of resilient women who meet online and in-person to support one another on their quest to create more happiness, get more love and generate more prosperity. At YDM we believe that it takes an entire community of both women and men to combat emotional and psychological demons and eradicate the marginalization of women.
“How can I stop settling for less and get more in my marriage, relationship, career and life in general?”
The answer is simple: Join the YDM Academy and surround yourself around women who can lift you up. We are very explicit about our goals, which are to empower women through teaching, doing and supporting them. One of our primary goals is to help women like you achieve your goal. We strive to create a safe and supportive space for women to work together to achieve self-actualization.
While we celebrate the many successes women have achieved, the #METOO movement sheds light on the fact that there is much work yet to do. Some people ask why women suffer in silence, and why, after accomplishing numerous firsts, do approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression, in some cases without knowing that they do? The YDM documentary kicked off a storm and the YDM academy became the transformational calling card for women to take up their personal mantle and take responsibility to create greater happiness, get more love and generate more prosperity.
LOVE VS. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
42.4 million women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
33 million U.S. women have been sexually harassed and 14 million sexually abused in work-related episodes.
HAPPINESS VS. DEPRESSION
Approximately 12 million women in the U.S. experience clinical depression each year.
1 out 8 women will develop clinical depression during their lifetime
Women ages 25 to 44 are more likely to suffer from depression
PROSPERITY VS. FINANCIAL INEQUALITY
Women make up 44% of the overall S&P 500 labor force and 36% of first-or-mid-level officials and managers, but are only 25% of exective-and-senior-level officials and managers.
Hold only 20% board of board seats
Are only 6% of CEOs
Hear From Our Members…
“Since joining the YDM Academy I have met some amazing women who have helped me walk in my purpose. Through intimate discussions I have learned the importance of sharing my story to empower others. My life has changed for the better and I owe it to the YDM community.”
Leandra, YDM Member
“I joined the YDM Academy because I was impressed with Dr. Buckingham’s commitment to empowering women. He advocates for women from all walks of life and has made my life much easier by creating a community where I can connect and bond with like minded and resilient women. The YDM community has helped me remain committed to fighting my mission of eliminating domestic violence.”
Gigi, YDM Member
“I have never been so excited to be apart of an academy. As a new life coach, I have been learning so much from other YDM members. Everyone has taken time to pour into me and I cannot truly express how grateful I am for being in the company of a group of caring and dynamic women.”
Kimi, YDM Member
“My journey to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic was not very smooth. I struggled to find good friends and employment initially. I eventually discovered my calling as an entrepreneur and joined the YDM Academy to build my network. My clientele has doubled since I joined the community.”
Yessica, YDM Member
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