Our girls had an extraordinary experience today. Thanks to my amazing new company, The Advisory Board Company, four of our girls were invited to attend the reception for the WNBA national champions, the Minnesota Lynx. Not only did the girls get to attend the reception, they sat in the front row for the President’s speech, got a tour of the White House, and they MET THE PRESIDENT!! Best. Day. Ever.
We are so lucky to live in a city where young girls can go to the White House on a school day. The experiences and opportunities in this city are extraordinary, and MiT is working hard to provide as many of them as possible for our girls. We are so lucky to have partners and sponsors who care as much about our girls as we do. Thank you ABC!!
MiT has had SO MUCH going on, we haven’t even had time to update our website! So what have we been up to?
- We went to Black Girls Rock: One Mic at the Kennedy Center, where we saw MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill and more!
- We had amazing seats at a Nationals Game and enjoyed a Plain White T’s concert after the game.
- We had a sleepover at The Ritz where we learned about etiquette from a wonderful teacher, tried on prom dresses donated to us by Howard University’s Fashion Law Week and Womble Carlyle, and we tried on accessories and handbags donated by Andrea’s Beau!
- We worked in a community garden in Columbia Heights, planted our own plants and made a Caprese salad fresh from the garden!
- We have been studying for the SAT every Sunday afternoon with a very dedicated volunteer and our incredibly hard working girls.
- We attended the US Science and Engineering Festival where our founder, Kat, spoke on two panels and the girls were able to explore careers in STEM!
It’s been an amazing few months!
Our tickets to BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
We saw a lot of amazing female performers at BGR!
Hanging out at the Kennedy Center!
Group shot at the USA STEM Fest!
Our founder, Kat Calvin, speaking on a panel about women in STEM.
Chillin’ with Miss Frizzle
The girls learned about the science used in Antartica.
We learned a lot about Women in STEM at the festival.
Janazjia practiced her estimation skills to try to win a jar of candy!
Studying for the SAT!
Exploring Ancient Rome in virtual reality.
The googly eyes were especially fun!
Trying on prom dresses at The Ritz.
Thanks for the donations Fashion Law Week and Womble Carlyle!
Keiseana just cannot say no to pink!
Andrea’s Beau donated a lot of beautiful hair accessories and handbags for the girls!
So many dresses, the generosity of our partners and donors is astounding. Thank you!
Keiseana wearing one of the donated dresses to prom!
Keiseana getting a corsage!
We had a blast at The Ritz, especially swimming!
Our amazing etiquette teacher, Maia Tucker, taught the girls about social media and email etiquette.
The Nats game! It was gorgeous and we had great seats. Thank you Ms. Evers!
Group shot at the game!
We saw a lot of amazing female performers at BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
Gardening at Bruce Monroe Community Garden.
The community garden is an amazing way for anyone in the area to have an affordable way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
After working so hard we made a delicious (and fresh!) Caprese salad!
The incredible ladies of DC’s Fashion Law Week have chosen Michelle in Training as this year’s non-profit partner! In addition to inviting the girls to the annual Fashion Show and making a donation, FLW is hosting a dress drive to collect prom dresses for our girls! If you would like to donate, email email@example.com to arrange a pick up or bring your dress to the show!
Click here for tickets to the Intelligent Design Runway Show and all symposium events.
Thank you Fashion Law Week!!
For this semester’s community service day, our girls led groups of middle school girls at the AKA’s annual STEM conference. From leading the girls to each session to helping them with materials and lessons in classes about smart social media habits, robotics, chemistry and even trademarks. Learning STEM and volunteering? Amazing.
Big thanks to our amazing Community Service Chair Jazmyn Singleton for planning this event!
This weekend our 16s had their annual Career Networking Brunch. This is an awesome opportunity for them to enjoy the most DC pastime after happy hour- brunch- while interacting with a group of young professional women with a variety of careers. This year’s brunch was sponsored by the ladies of Sisters Achieving Life Together, or S.A.L.T. SALT is a group of young women who go through life together, from socializing to supporting each other and even vacationing together. They didn’t just cook an awesome brunch for us, but they spent the morning telling the girls all about life, careers, school and everything in between. The brunch was so amazing that we had an MiT first, the girls were asking their favorite S.A.L.T. member to be their mentors before they would leave the house!
Surrounding our girls with amazing role models is what it’s all about and the women of S.A.L.T. certainly fit the bill. Thanks ladies!
This week a few lucky MiT 15s got to attend the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Center. Blanche Heard, an amazing member of the Dunbar Alumni Federation gave us these amazing tickets! We are so lucky that the Dunbar community is so supportive of us! After a pizza dinner at school the girls got all dressed up (SO glad we’ve given the girls some beautiful dresses over the last year, they all had something perfect to wear!) and we headed out to KenCen.
The girls (and some of the board members) had never been to the Kennedy Center before and it was wonderful to show them the gorgeous building, the gardens and the incredible view. But nothing compared to seeing the students of the Freedom Schools, the singers, cellists, and tap dancers who look like them, Geoffrey Canada and all of the INCREDIBLE stories of perseverance, determination and success in the face of incredible odds. So many of the evening’s speakers had faced the same situations that our girls are coming from right now and it was amazing for them to see young men and women with similar backgrounds telling their stories about how education, mentoring and hard work got them to that stage.
On top of all of that, the most incredible moment was hearing Marian Wright Edelman and Hillary Clinton speak. How lucky is that? For our girls to get to see and hear both of these amazing women on the same stage in the same night was extraordinary. It was an experience they’ll never forget.
We would never be able to give our girls these experiences without our amazing supporters. Thanks so much Ms. Heard!
This week was our first leadHER class with the 2016s. Our amazing leadHER Chair, Jazmyn, always has one of the best classes and this week was no exception. leadHER is all about leadership and community service and the girls spend this first class learning to define leadership (with a collage!), learning about their own leadership skills (with a really great self-assessment), going on a scavenger hunt to work on their group leadership skills, and finishing up the day with a moveHER class, which today was a dance class taught by Howard student Ebony Ingram. Ebony was an amazing dancer, the girls loved her so much they even asked for more stretching! She dances with Greenpoint Unlimited Dance, a great dance company that works with young dancers. It was a great class for our girls! My favorite part? The girls wrote letters to themselves, encouraging themselves to read when they are down. They all wrote pretty powerful stuff, I think Damoni’s line “Pick your head up high, you have a lot to be proud of” says it all. They’re such amazing girls.