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The STAND (Strengthening Thoughts and Nurturing Dreams) Foundation is a 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

We provide opportunities where individuals gain knowledge, skills and confidence through wellness workshops, horsemanship and horseback riding.  The STAND Foundation is in the business of changing and shaping lives through nature. The work we do provides a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges.  

We serve inner-city youth, young adults and elders in Washington DC and surrounding areas. We focus on inspiring change that leads to self-sufficiency and positive decision making.

"Single Mom Champions Holistic Wellness in under served Communities: One Horse At a Time"

Selina Pennie Brown, born and raised in Washington DC, is a single mother and CEO of the STAND Foundation. Through her experience of raising a child alone, she realized her calling was to work with the youth, in particular ,those who were not given the same access to resources as others. The STAND Foundation provides a hands-on learning space to gain knowledge and confidence in equestrian and rodeo skills, and wellness components. These programs provide people of all incomes a unique opportunity to step outside of their reality and focus on cultivating feelings of empathy and open communication with animals and other people. With a holistic approach of physical and mental training, students become more empowered by building a stronger relationship with horses as well as with themselves. Brown’s experiences in life inspired her to become a successful entrepreneur and she hopes to similarly inspire individuals to achieve their goals to unknown bounds with one horse at a time.

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COMMUNITY WITH HORSES

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FEMI MAGAZINE ARTICLE

Washington Informer

STAND COMMERCIAL 

Once upon a time we were in communication with Westbrook Farms Foundation for partnership.

STAND DURING THE PANDEMIC

STAND RETREAT DURING PANDEMIC

HYBRID PROGRAM DURING COVID PANDEMIC

STAND BEGINNINGS

THE BEGINNING