Honoring our daughters is an advantage to them. Recognizing their abilities to be their best self-pushes them to achieve heights greater than they ever imagined! Nominate your daughter or a deserving young lady today for the Inspirational Service Award (6-9-year-olds) or the Humanitarian Award (10-19 years old).
They will remember the experience for a lifetime and appreciate you forever!
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!
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!!
Wishing you a peaceful and blessed #MemorialDay weekend. Let’s not forget those who laid down their lives for us! Rejoice! Enjoy this day/weekend! Be blessed & safe! And always remember their service and sacrifices for us!
From the SMG, Inc family to yours, we’re wishing you an enjoyably blessed and prosperous New Year. Release the old from 2015 and incorporate new habits and goals for a new beginning. The best is yet to come!