The program helps the girls push past the stereotypes inflicted upon them, as well - the assumption that teenage girls are moody, obsessed with being popular, they're shallow or boy crazy. "They are so aware of how people perceive them, and they're tired of it!" she says. Taking part in Unleashed gives them the ability to change that perception. The girls talk about animal rights and rescuing puppies, but they also talk about themselves, their values and what it means to powerful woman in our current society. "Girls take the lead, and the reason for this is because there is no other place in their lives, including school, where they are told can do something and then somebody else backs off and allows them to do it," Radin says. Unleashed is also her version of a feminist movement. "We are coming together under a common platform, which is animal rights, and we're fighting together for a cause but in the interim it does create a sisterhood that transcends generations."
The 12 weeks of the Unleashed program is nothing so much as it is a journey, Radin says. "Midway through, the girls sort of look at me and they're like, 'This is not about the dogs, is it?' and I say to them, 'No, it's about you, it's about your power and what you want to see change in the world,'" she says. They start by learning to speak for those who have no voice - the puppies - and in doing so, each one finds her own voice, and the power that comes with using it.