Fashion & Yoga

Saturday’s class was hilarious. Board member Kiah Rhode taught the girls about personal style, what is and isn’t an MiT thing to wear in different situations (including why a sweatsuit may not be the best thing to wear on a first date, even if it does match). They heard from the fashion director of Neon V magazine, Kimee Brown, who was awesome and the girls loooved getting to hear from a bona fide fashionista. They also made lookbooks and learned a lot about their own personal style and what kind of options are out there besides their usual t-shirt and jeans/matching sweatsuit ensembles. The biggest lesson of the day? TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS.

After class the girls had a yoga lesson by the very fun and very zen Tori Gordon, yoga instructor to the stars. Or, at least, she will be soon! The girls were surprised at how much they enjoyed it and at least two of them are future yogis in the making. All in all, a great class and a great end to a VERY busy September. Our next class isn’t for a few weeks and we can’t wait!


Stephanie and the girls had fun making their look books.

Kimee Brown held the girls’ attention with stories of fashion and style.

Janazjia explained why cheetah nail polish made her feel unique.

Amina Gilyard helped the girl find outfits to fit their personal styles.

The girls stretched and twisted in yoga.

Priscilla was in the yoga zone.

Don’t let this picture fool you, they didn’t hold the tree pose for long!


Tori showed the girls my favorite pose: Warrior Woman.

Thanks so much to Kimee and Tori, we had a great time!


Nation’s Next!

Last week MiT participated in a really unique event called Nation’s Next. The idea is to move away from the usual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference happy hour madness to something that’s really useful. So a few non-profits get together and have a huge event where people can get drinks and socialize but also talk to non-profits about how they can get involved. The event is put on by Capital Cause, which is a fantastic DC organization, and it was a blast. We met a ton of people who were excited about MiT, we signed up lots of volunteers (yaay!) and even lost our voices shouting over the music! Thanks so much to Angel, Stephanie and our amazing Advisory Board member Amina for coming out to help!


Our fabulous table.



Stephanie giving the scoop to a prospective volunteer.

Amina talking to the Administrator of our partner school, Dunbar High!

Angel doing double duty and looking fabulous.

We’re always looking for amazing volunteers for our girls. If you’re interested, sign up HERE!

hireHER: Career Day!

Career Day is finally here and we are so excited! We’ve been looking forward to this for months and months and thanks to our amaaaazing hireHER chair, Angel McNeil (yes, that’s her name but she is one too!), LaToya Grant, a good friend and the person representing our sponsors at Benevole, and Tabaq, my new favorite place on U Street, the event was a success! Of course, I can’t forget the amazing professional women who came in to talk to our girls about how to achieve their dream jobs and completely inspired them, and of course our amazing girls!

Angel & LaToya came up with a fabulously creative format for Career Day- speed dating! The girls sat at tables with our professional women for about five minutes each and got to talk and ask questions before the buzzer went off and they switched. After they spoke to all of the women the girls filled out forms saying which woman they wanted to have brunch with and they were paired with them for our amazing meal provided by Tabaq.

After lunch, there was a little time for more talk and then the professional women left and our girls sat right down to write thank you notes! We believe strongly in stationery and stamps at MiT. =)

Everyone agreed that our girls are amazing and I am already completely obsessed with them. They’re smart, funny, ambitious and are so excited about spending the next three years changing their lives with MiT! I love them! Here are the pics so you can love them too.

Career speed dating!

Keiseana was eager to learn about becoming an engineer.

The delicious breakfast provided by Tabaq!

Our marvelous schoolHER Advisory Board member, Darla Bunting, came out to support!

At the end of the day, the girls were exhausted!

Angel and Latoya put on an amazing event for us!

The group!

Class #2: leadHER!

Today we had an amazing class that was a blast for everyone. Our leadHER chair, Jazmyn Singleton, taught an incredible leadership class that covered everything from leadership characteristics to standing up to peer pressure to a fabulous scavenger hunt. The girls had a blast and it was amazing to watch Jazmyn take the germ of an idea and turn it into a valuable experience that every young girl should have.

But enough talk, here are the pictures, and check out the fabulous t-shirts made for us by Soulsquad!

Class is held at the amazing Womble Carlyle who not only let us use their beautiful space but even sponsor healthy lunches for the girls!

Jazmyn, our leadHER chair, read an amazing story about peer pressure.

Keiseana and LaQuesha are natural leaders and active participants in the group.

Amazing Naima from Womble hung out with our class, she and our VMiT coordinator Stephanie made up a new word, “swaggerific”. I think it applies.

Priscilla read her letter to her future self. The girls’ letters were surprisingly heartfelt and intense. Our MiTs have big dreams and a belief in themselves that’s unusual for 14!

Our MiT handbooks are the physical representation of everything our MiTs are learning. Today they wrote letters to their future selves and they also found words that represent the kind of leader they want to be.

The girls chose their own names and Team Awesome certainly was. For schoolHER they found two girls wearing Baylor shirts to pose with them!

This team couldn’t decide on a name so they created a mash-up, “Team FabuMind MiT”. We didn’t ask… but where they confused us with the name, their pictures were faaaabulous. This is their picture for schoolHER. I think ANTM will be calling soon!

To represent moveHER, Team Awesome took pictures of Deja “smoking”! This is so obviously not something MiTs do.

Team FMM had a blast at a sports shop, for moveHER they went with a bit of a retro workout theme.

For leadHER, Team Awesome took a picture next to our 4th favorite Obama (after FLOTUS and the weeMichelles of course!), the President. Well… maybe 5th favorite, after Bo!

The showHER picture was supposed to be something the girls have never seen in DC before. Team FMM didn’t have to travel far, they chose the Womble bulldog! It looks like he recently enjoyed some Chinese food…

For hireHER, Team Awesome convinced a shop owner to let them take a picture behind the desk! That’s true leadership.

For brandHER the girls had the option to take a picture at a fancy restaurant. Team FMM stopped at a sushi restaurant. Keiseana is really rocking those chopsticks!

Team Awesome was on fire and took two pictures for each subject! In their second moveHER photo, they’re trying out their yoga skills outside of a Dupont Circle studio.

Team Awesome had a volunteer worthy of the name. Donna was involved, supportive, and had a blast with the girls. We hope she comes back!

For brandHER, Team Awesome had to pull out their Spanish skills to ask this stylish couple from Spain if they could take a picture with them. They looked so good, the couple took their own picture!

Team FMM was lucky to have Shamelle as a volunteer. As a health and fitness expert, Shamelle was the perfect person to take the girls around the city in the hot sun!

Team Awesome won MVP for this amazing photograph. They recruited some art direction in Dupont Circle and after several attempts, came up with this perfect picture!

The girls had an amazing time today and, most importantly, they learned a lot about leadership and what it takes to be the leaders they want to be. Next week is career day and we can’t wait! But for now, the girls have their second week of school ahead of them. Good luck!