It’s the end of our first year!

It’s the end of Michelle in Training’s first year and I don’t know about you but I thought this year was AMAZING! So much more incredible than I imagined it would be.

We spent first semester getting to know our amazing girls and teaching them the basics of the HERs. It took some time but we could really see a difference this semester. Even better is that they have. The girls are more organized, more polite, more dedicated to their schoolwork and each other, and generally just really growing up before our eyes. They ask me constantly if we’ll have MiT in college, they came running to our teacher liaison absolutely devastated when someone told them MiT was only for sophomores and they were really, really picky about what girls we accepted this year. They care about the program and each other and it’s starting to show.

The school is also really starting to respect us, being an MiT is super impressive at Dunbar now! They put us in the yearbook and we had a lot of girls apply this year. This is all due to the amazing work of our incredible board, the girls being such great examples and ESPECIALLY to Ms. Evers, our teacher liaison, who is an amazing MiT ambassador at Dunbar.

Next year we’ll be continuing with six girls in the class of 2015. Every one of these girls loves MiT and is so dedicated to the program, each other and their own futures. It has been really amazing to see.

As for the Class of 2016, we have nine new girls who are so excited to be in MiT! One girl is the sister to a current MiT (yaay!) and another was so excited when I called that she made me say it again with her mom and grandmother listening! They’re a great group of girls and can’t wait to get started. In fact, two of the girls came to our amazing community service day last week (thanks Jazmyn! If you haven’t seen the pictures, check them out HERE) and had a blast.

On the other side, we now have a roster of 80+ volunteers with more applying every week and the community is continuing to rally behind us. We’ve had several people go out of their way to fundraise for us, offer us assistance, venue space, computer and supply donation and everything else we needed to succeed this year.

So exciting!

So what’s next? This summer we’ll have a VMiT happy hour (so sign up to volunteer now!) to celebrate our amazing volunteers, we’re looking for mentors for the class of 2015 and we’re planning an amazing fall semester for both classes. In August our second year starts. The Class of 2016 will have the same fall semester that this year’s class had, learning the basics of MiT and building the relationships that will help us succeed with this new class for the next three years and beyond. The Class of 2015 will work with their mentors and SAT tutors to prepare for testing and college applications. It will be a busy semester, our first with two simultaneous classes, but I know it will be even better than this year.

Thanks so much for all of your support and good wishes! We couldn’t have made it this far without an amazing community behind us.

See you next year!
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Community Service Day!

As an end of the school year treat, we took a few of the girls from the class of 2015 and our brand new class of 2016 to a community service day! Our wonderful leadHER chair, Jazmyn, found out that the National Park Service was having a day to encourage more African Americans to visit national parks, so she signed us up for a community service project at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Kenilworth is pretty amazing, the gardens are beautiful and they’re right in Anacostia! Who knew?

Not only did the girls get to learn a little bit about planting grass and dealing with worms (you can guess how they felt about that one), they also got to meet Audrey Peterman, an amazing woman who travels the country and writes book to encourage more Blacks to visit National Parks. After lunch in the park we took the girls home and celebrated the end of our very first year!

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