Hello all! We have some exciting updates in today's blog, and we cannot wait to show you what our Brown Girl volunteers and mentees have been working on!
On June 15th, our volunteers met with several of our current and future Brown Girls to discuss how we can improve our Brown Girls Mentoring program.
Held at the Martin Luther King branch at 10:30 am, a light breakfast was served to help wake us up and get the mental juices flowing.
It is vital that we not only share our various areas of knowledge and skills but we should also make sure we are listening to their voices. To be a successful youth organization, we must understand what is essential to our Brown Girls and keep them engaged.
Too often adults are so busy teaching our youth, that we do not take the chance to listen to them. By listening, we can catch critical issues that they are facing versus what we think is going on.
Armed with sticky notes, markers, and a dry erase board, we selected several categories as our topics of discussion. We wanted to know what our Brown Girls hoped to get out of this program that was explicitly designed for them.
Our current girls were familiar with our mentors and were quick to jump in with ideas to improve the program. They didn't hesitate to provide thoughtful feedback from the current Brown Girls Mentoring program. Although our future girls were not as familiar with the program like our vets, they still offered fresh ideas that we had not thought about previously.
We were so impressed with the girls' ideas that we left reinvigorated for the upcoming year!
The input from the ladies covered a myriad of subjects; One young lady wanted mentors who didn't "talk at" the girls but instead would "talk to" the girls. Another Brown Girl wanted a safe space to share issues that may be affecting them. We even had one Brown Girl who loved the idea of self-care from our previous sessions and encouraged us to have a 'spa day.'
We thank all the young ladies who came out and participated in our Brown Girls Think Tank session. We can't wait to see you in our regular program this upcoming school year!
Mark your calendars!
We are preparing for our Back 2 School Glow Up event on Sunday, August 18th, 2019!
We welcome school supplies as donations for the youth in our community. Backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, and more are appreciated. We would love to send our youth back to school with hearts full of love and bags full of supplies.
If you would like to donate to our Back 2 School event, please contact us here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the location of any of our partners to leave your donation in the boxes provided.
If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact us here! We are waiting for you ;)
Miss Champagne B
Single Gal Advocate Miss Champagne B is a writer and blogger for The Single Gal Guide and focuses on positivity and growth. She is the author of 20 Ways to Kickstart Your Path to Improvement which is currently available on Amazon.com. Champagne B. enjoys meeting new people and volunteering with young women. She currently lives in Columbus, Oh with her pitbull, Kiba.
This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Generations of a Queen Mother's Day Brunch! The sold-out event was held at the Martin De Porres Center in Columbus, Ohio. It was so beautiful to see all of the mothers and daughters come out to enjoy a beautiful day full of music, words of encouragement, and of course the Brown Girl Mentoring experience.
Before we sat down, we were blessed by several performances and awards from some of our biggest supporters. Guest speaker Tammy Fournier Alaada graced the stage with words of encouragement and empowerment, while our Brown Girls Dance team stepped up and showed out!