Coming home after my first week-long trip to Kenya, I knew that spending my summer in Africa was something I was purposed to do. After traveling back with my mom early last year then again with both of my parents in December of 2017, that dream turned into a reality. In 2016, founded a nonprofit ballet program called Ngoma (en-go-ma) Kenya, in which I teach ballet to the children here. I am currently spending six weeks teaching special needs classes here at Happy Life Children’s Home based in Juja, Kenya.
After school on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays I teach ballet classes at 5. All the kids love the ballet classes and ask to do “ballerina” every day. I love teaching them ballet as they are such a joy to teach. My work as a "Girls Can Do Anything!" ambassador is so relevant because here girls aren’t taught leadership. In Kenya, there has been many years of male dominance. And there are very few organizations like One Village Alliance that teach that girls can do anything. Not many fight for the girl child here so I believe my role as a GCDA ambassador is important. I let them know that you can grow up to be doctors, lawyers, scientists and even professional dancers. I was excited to hear that a couple of the girls here want to be doctors when they grow up which is amazing!
I am going into my fourth week and to say that time is flying is an understatement. When I first started teaching my special education classes I started out with one little boy Zephan who is six. But the next day I was given seven students to work with ranging in ages 5-11. I am really enjoying working with this class and planning out our lessons for the day. I teach from 8-4:30 which is a very long, but fun day. I love that I have full control and able to decide what I want to do with the class. For example, we recently worked on the color blue. We went outside and found objects and different things that were the color blue which was very fun. And for the color yellow, I was able to get a few bananas for us to snack on after learning about the color.
After traveling to Kenya for the first time in 2016 my life has changed in a massive way, these past two years have been crazy, but crazy awesome! I love wearing my GCDA shirt and when OVA provided shirts for all the girls (and boys!) to get their own, they were so excited. We proudly wear it and more importantly, represent the knowledge that girls can do anything! I am loving this path that God has put me on and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me and my nonprofit!
OVA YOUTH SPOTLIGHT: David Miller, 2019 "I Have A Dream" Pitch Winner
OVA YOUTH SPOTLIGHT: Christian Anthem, "OVA-The Loft" Ambassador
Congrats to 16 year old Young King, David Miller for winning the $1000 "I Have A Dream" Pitch Competition. The event featured EIGHT world changing pitches from 7 different countries! David is a high school student with a winning business concept called "On Site Tech" that goes on site to teach and fix people's mobile devices. Thanks to our host venue, I Am Art; Masters of Ceremony, Newdy and Malcolm; and judges India Sage, Ronnell Page, and Gabriel Peak for doing the difficult job of scoring and giving constructive feedback to all of our contestants. A very special thanks to our partner, Debonair Visuals, for capturing Black History In the Making! The winner will receive a professional photo shoot in addition to his BIG CHECK.
Meet all of our pitchers for brunch next Saturday, March 9th as we continue to invest in their dreams!
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RAISING KINGS WEEK 2019 was a huge success!!
We sincerely thank all of our partners, volunteers and the more than 1300 fathers, sons, families and community members who registered to join us in living the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!!
It was a truly historic experience that began with a $1,000 cash prize, won by David Miller, and culminated with an absolutely unforgettable evening at the Mitchell Center for African American History. The Raising Kings BHIM Awards celebrated Black History In the Making in elegant fashion with live performances by Joshua Morris and Maya Belardo. And the highly sought after silent auction grand prize, an on-site work of art by Terrance Vann, put us over the top of our fundraising goal!
If you missed any of the Raising Kings 2019 Week of Action check out what the News Journal and USA Today had to say, and hear more about our year round work at Ferris School For Boys and other community sites. Please tag us in your photos and check out ours at One Village Alliance!
"I'm proud to announce that my team, along with One Village Alliance, has joined together to start one of a kind youth initiative, Loitery/Loft, a space where teens and youth can start their own creative projects for the city of Wilmington. My team tied for runner-up at this year's Wilmington STIR 9 and won a $500 prize! We plan on using the funds to develop space and make an impact for youth, starting this Spring and Summer season. Special thanks to Michael Kalmbach and everyone who came out to support!"
It truly does take a WHOLE village to raise a healthy child, strong family and thriving community. Thanks to Grace United Methodist Church, our funding partners and every agency and individual who continues to invest in our mission to grow youth into their true greatness through education entrepreneurship and the arts! Together, WE are "the village"! Get involved at www.iamthevillage.org.
OVA YOUTH SPOTLIGHT: Sophia Andrews, "Girls Can Do Anything!" Ambassador