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About The GracieStrong Foundation

Born from the tragedy of the Saugus High School shooting, the goal of The GracieStrong Foundation is to prevent similar suffering and make the world a better place through a simple idea: encouraging others to speak up when they need to.

Our mission is simple:

“To Empower, inspire and support individuals to speak up and, more importantly, to realize that they have a voice and that it’s powerful and matters."

To accomplish this, we have 2 initiatives in development.

The first is the SPEAK(TF)UP!™ initiative, a project designed to provide awareness and the resources to anyone who needs to learn how to use their voice and that their voice is powerful and matters.

The second is The WAY Journal—a special interactive and guided journal for junior high and high school students that helps them answer the question “Who Are You?”



On November 14, 2019, Gracie Anne Muehlberger, our beloved baby girl, our “SweetPea,” was killed in a mass shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. She had purchased a ticket to her first high school dance just minutes before being killed. She will never get to go to that dance. She will never drive a car, finish high school, go to college, fall in love, get married, have a family of her own, or impact society in her unique way.

All this suffering happened because of one reckless act by a confused and lost 16-year-old boy. He senselessly took the life of our precious daughter, killed 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell, and injured 3 other innocent children—all before taking his own life. In the days following the accident, we discovered that there were multiple signs that the person who committed this senseless violence could have been stopped had someone just had the courage to SPEAK(TF)UP!

This tragedy should have never occurred, and if people were more prepared and encouraged to SPEAK(TF)UP!™ we could have avoided this horrific outcome. We are forever #GRACIESTRONG now.

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The mission of the GracieStrong Foundation is to empower, inspire, and support individuals to speak up, realizing their voice is powerful and matters, and enable them to fight for their values, have their voice heard, and impact change for their future.


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