#WeShallOvercome

#WeShallOvercome
Article reposted from She’Matters GIRLS, Inc’s E-Blast Newsletter feature Dr.
Martin Luther King Day, #WeShallOvercome| Volume 6 | Issue II | January 16, 2017

Today is a day across our nation that we celebrate the man who stood for us when we did not know how to or were too tired or too fed up to stand for ourselves. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Civil Rights Movement shield light on the occurrences of the unjust. They helped us as a Nation to see that injustice was not equal and that equality for all was right. Although it is a lesson that some of our Nation refuse to embrace, we are hopeful that one day, their mindsets will change.

As long as our bodies and minds are heavy with the injustices that plague our communities, we shall never be satisfied! The violence that dominates our schools, the injustices that plague our court systems from the corruption and cruelty expressed in our streets, our government and our neighborhoods should and must be stopped! We have a voice and it is our voices that must be heard. There is a difference between radical and intellectually peaceful protest. Change can occur as long as we take the necessary steps to proceed correctly.  We must understand and teach our children the dynamics of local government and begin to voice our concerns at that level.  
 

Yet, before we implement any of this, we must have what is known as an “Uncommon Commitment to our Families.” Parents, we are our children’s first teachers so as their parents, we must understand the need for self-actualization, freedom and their desire to be independent. Remember, we were once their age! However, as parents, we must understand that they NEED more than money to groom, raise and or satisfy them. Nurture them, love them, guide them, be present in their lives, and be there for them, communicate with them daily and share your childhood/teenage experiences with them. Let them see that we are not PERFECT and because we’ve done what they’re doing, we know the potential outcomes. Reassuring our children that no matter what, we love them and will be there for them and then teaching them the dynamics of their government and how to make their voices heard with the stroke of a pen or a face-to-face dialogue, then and only then, will we accomplish the age old saying of #WeShallOvercome!
Today, we understand that some of us may be dealing with pains of a variety of heights. Measures that we, at She’Matters G.I.R.L.S., Inc may never understand. However, we understand with our current political climate, the future for some may not seem so vibrant. Yet, in light of it all, we must remain hopeful that #WeWillOvercome! We encourage you to stay the course. Never give up! Don’t give in. And like Dr. King’s dream, allow your dreams to take you beyond your limits to envision a change. Then work to make that change a reality while making a difference in the lives of others.  L

We hope that in some small way, our words have enlightened and inspired you to make a difference. Happy MLK Day! We pray it was a day of peace and reflection for all! 

With Love,
La Juan Hines-Rome, MS Ed
CEO She’Matters G.I.R.L.S., Inc
Youth Leadership Programs
 

It’s time for a CHANGE!

It’s time for a CHANGE!
Message published January 16, 2017, via MailChimp Media

Dr. King once quoted, 

“If you can’t fly, then run,
If you can’t run, then walk,
If you can’t walk, then crawl,
But whatever you do,
You have to keep moving forward!”

To us here at She’Matters GIRLS, Inc, these words tell us that however small, just DO! If it’s the size of a pebble in the wind, a broken leaf or a grain of sand, just DO! Allow nothing or no one to stop you from achieving the dream, the vision you have within. Go forth and make a difference in your life and the life of those around you. Our communities need YOU! 

Our communities need the influences and leadership of our Young Leaders of the AYLAcademy.  To some, we look at them and say, oh, they’re only babies. And in some instances, you are correct, but you know just as I do how intelligent your daughter is. When was the last time we’ve had a “young” female leader speaking out for what’s right? Perhaps what we could not do as teens or were too afraid to do as adults, our daughters, our Young Leaders can …. if only we allow them to! Just think about it!

They have a voice. Let’s work together to teach them how to eloquently use their voice to join forces and eliminate the injustices of those who refuse to go beyond that which is unjust. Be it the self-expression of verbal demand in public presentation or pen to paper, let’s teach our daughter how to express themselves in this first class nation as an agent of change. 

Teaching them compassion will help them achieve greater success. What we need is not division, hatred or more violence but justice among those who are still suffering from the hands of the unjust. 

As we approach the middle and near the end of our Academy, parents, you should notice a difference in the disposition of your Young Leader.  She should exhibit an increased desire to do more, to be more assertive and to seek opportunities where she’s not afraid to push beyond her limits. Together, let’s continue to make the changes in our daughters so that they will know to just DO without hesitation when it’s time to fly, run, walk and or crawl. Then and only then will we fully experience the CHANGE!

Be blessed,
La Juan Hines-Rome, MS Ed
CEO, She’Matters GIRLS, Inc
Director, The AYLAcademy

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to you and your family on this very special holiday. This is the season for caring and sharing love with family and friends. In the midst of it all, please remember the true reason for this season and demonstrate your love by giving of yourself, your time or even your finances, if necessary, to those who are less fortunate.

Remember, there’s no greater gift to give than LOVE! Let’s be stewards of this season and give of ourselves as a blessing to another.

From all of us here at She’Matters GIRLS, Inc to all of you, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year!

We’re looking forward to all the wonderment that 2017 has to bring!

Blessings,
La Juan Hines-Rome, MS Ed
CEO & Founder

The Face of The AYLAcademy, 2016

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Thank you,
She’Matters GIRLS, Inc

Congratulations Young Leaders

Congratulations to our “31” Young Leaders! These AYLA Girls will begin The AYLAcademy today, Monday, November 14th at Ingleside Elementary School.

  1. B. Powell
  2. C. Dunlap
  3. C. Wade
  4. D. Sampson
  5. I. Curtis
  6. I. Simpson
  7. I. Stewart
  8. J. Allen
  9. J. Kelly
  10. K. Reyes
  11. K. Russell
  12. K. Whitaker
  13. L. Rome
  14. M. Aby Faye
  15. S. Neal
  16. S. Owens
  17. T. Askew
  18. T. Barnes
  19. T. Johnson
  20. Y. Tolbert
  21. Y. Valencia
  22. Z. Wilson
  23. Z. Settles
  24. A. Bailey
  25. A. Basnight
  26. A. Shell
  27. A. Tolbert
  28. B. Barnes
  29. J. Cephas
  30. R. Lopez
  31. T. Campbell

Destiny Anderson

When I think about Miss Destiny Anderson and her growth from a girl transitioning into the beautiful young lady you see today, I think of the documentary, “A Whisper to a Roar.”  This film tells the heroic story of courageous activists, many who were students, who used their voices & experiences of struggle, past & present to bring freedom to their people. Miss Destiny has grown to do the same.

Upon meeting Destiny, I do not believe she knew her voice. Working with her SMGIRL Sisters in various programs through the She’Matters G.I.R.L.S, Inc organization and serving as the Lead Volunteer for The Aspiring Young Leaders (AYLAcademy), helping to facilitate an after-school program with 19 first through fifth graders, she not only found her voice but recognized her level of self-esteem & now understands her worth.

Since Miss Destiny has discovered her new self, she has so much to offer. I see a different level of ambition and determination that’s evident in great leaders. I, we, her She’Matters G.I.R.L.S, Inc family is looking forward to seeing all that the newness that Destiny has to offer.

She definitely exemplifies our description of what we an SMG M.A.D. Girl should be! She’s a young lady who knows enough of who she is to make a change in herself. That change ultimately Makes A Difference in her family, her school life and her community. Miss Destiny Anderson,  #WErPROUDofU!

Jordan Rome

When I think of this young lady, Miss Jordan Rome, I reflect from whence she’s come and smile at the quote, “She believed she could, so she did!” In the face of achieving all, she’s set to accomplish and so much more.

From receiving her first NO after try-outs on the volleyball team, Jordan was determined to make her mark in middle school sports. Growing up with asthma and eczema and having to take medication with steroids to control and or calm down flare-ups, Jordan was ready to shed her shell of the chubby, cute little girl to redefine herself as a healthier pre-teen.  Determined to stay active, she sought to assist the cheerleaders as the team manager.  One yes, turned over that no and she has not looked back since.

From running the 200-meter medley to being a year round cheerleader and maintaining the demands of her JROTC Command, Jordan manages to uphold her scholastic accomplishments of being an honor student and a leader among her peers.  Among  her other achievements this year, she’s been inducted into the National Honor Society, prepared to serve her third year as an officer in her high school’s Latin club all while maintaining her position in JROTC. Her greatest accomplishment this summer attests to her strength, ability and worth as she received her driver’s permit and was selected out of 300 plus students in Norfolk the opportunity to participate in the City of Norfolk’s Summer Apprenticeship program, Norfolk Emergent Leaders (NEL).  In the midst of maintaining all of these activities, Jordan continued to serve as She’Matters GIRLS, Inc’s Jr. Executive Director. With the help of her Sisters, together they’ve implemented programs, set policies, attended Town Hall Meetings, volunteered with partnering organizations and local law enforcement programs and mentored their younger Sisters of the Aspiring Young Leaders (AYLAcademy).

Jordan understands that the sky has no limits and she’s prepared to receive all she can from life’s experiences. She is truly a young lady on the move and for that and so much more, Jordan WE are proud of you!

Ayo Clark

Congratulations to one of our own SMGiRLS, Miss Ayo M. Clark. As a graduating senior from Norview High School, class of 2016, Ayo’s shy personality and quick wit captured the hearts and attention of those she encountered. 

Not only was she her class’ Salutatorian, but during the school year, Ayo held the highest GPA of all athletes for both the Fall & Winter seasons while playing Field Hockey, tutoring her peers in Chemistry and other subjects, receiving induction in the National Honor Society and holding down her position as a Junior Officer, Jr. Assistant Deputy Director, with the She’Matters GIRLS, Inc organization. During her tenure in this position, she helped her Sisters implement two conferences, volunteer as teen mentors for the Aspiring Young Leaders Academy (AYLAcademy) at Ingleside Elementary, served as the Host and MC to the organization’s first Mother-Daughter Chat and so much more.

Ayo was and is an asset to our organization! Her presence will be missed! Although she’s just a few miles away attending to her studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA where she plans to study Biology & aspects of Medical development, we hope she will drop in to visit us as often as possible. Her influence is contagious!! 

Community Partners

THANK YOU 

To our community partners, the Members of the Professionals Under Forty Network (P40) on Thursday, May 5th. They helped us raise awareness for our organization and programs. Thank you P40 Members, Sponsors and Guest and the Staff at the Barrel Room 437 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA for all of your support!

For more information about P40 or on how to become a member, visit their website at http://www.p40network.com/#connect

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