End of year 2!

It’s the end of our second school year! To celebrate, the incredible ladies of SALT treated our girls to a night of dinner and bocce at Pinstripes Georgetown! The girls had a great time trying new foods like goat cheese, smoked salmon and a wide variety of indulgent desserts. Then they played a mean game of bocce, a game we all had to learn. At the end of the night, the girls received a big stack of books from First Book. They have plenty of reading to keep them busy!

This has been an amazing year for us. We saw Hillary Clinton and Marion Wright Edelman speak. We attended a Nats Game, the National STEM Festival, and Black Girls Rock and had a sleepover at the Ritz. We did community service in a national park, a community garden and with middle school girls learning STEM. We met the President and were featured on BET! In between we studied for the SAT, learned about etiquette, healthy living, study skills, self-respect, dance, yoga and so much more.

Our amazing girls, volunteers, Leadership Team and sponsors made this year possible and for that we say THANK YOU.

This fall we have a lot of BIG changes coming. New partnerships, new programming, our first class of seniors and much much more. There are also lots of new opportunities to get involved! Be on the lookout for Leadership Team announcements, new volunteer signups, and a BIG event in September! Our third year will be the biggest and best so far, we hope you’re with us!

For questions, comments, or more info, email katcalvin@michelleintraining.com

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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!

Relaxation.

Tori showed the girls my favorite pose: Warrior Woman.

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

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!

MiT in the News!

Today LadiesDC published a post naming MiT founder kat calvin their Woman of the Week! LadiesDC is all about women supporting women so they’re a perfect fit for MiT! Here’s the story, enjoy!

Woman of the Week: Kat Calvin
Like most in DC, Kat Calvin is a lawyer. And like half of DC, she’s a lawyer who’s not practicing. What Kat is doing, however, is flexing some serious entrepreneurial muscles.

Founder of DC Young Entrepreneurs, a network of self-starters moving and shaking things in the District, Kat is getting ready to celebrate her two year DCversary in August, while looking to bring more excitement to year three. “[During these past two years] I’ve had a couple of fabulous jobs, I’ve met some amazing women through Ladies DC and elsewhere, and am now getting ready to work on my own projects,” said Calvin, “mostly dealing with women and entrepreneurs.”

One of those projects is a program Kat founded called Michelle in Training (MiT). Named after our country’s very own First Lady, MiT is a program that has created a curriculum to foster social intelligence, philanthropy, cultural awareness, educational curiosity, civic responsibility, and personal branding in high school girls who aren’t receiving enough of an education on these values inside their classrooms. With a lot of effort and some serious dedication, Kat and her MiT board plan on welcoming 10 high school sophomore girls from DC’s Dunbar High School this fall to make up the organization’s first-ever class. The selected participants will evolve and grow together, spending the following three years exploring everything from new cultural experiences to shadowing young professional women and building their own portfolios in order to take on the world post-high school graduation.

How has Kat gotten so involved with helping women advance professionally? “I was raised by a woman who went to a women’s college in the 70s and then I attended that same college, so I’ve pretty much always been about helping women,” Calvin said. “All of my Barbies had professional careers and Gloria Steinem was one of my earliest heroes.”

As Kat gets ready to induct MiT’s Class of 2015, she offered some thoughts to how women can continue to evolve professionally. “We have to work together,” she said. “It’s only through peer mentoring, resource sharing, and joining women’s networking organizations like Ladies DC that we’ll all be able to help each other out. We have to look out for each other, for the girls coming up, and always be looking for opportunities to improve.”

Want to learn more about MiT? You’re just in time! There will be a launch party this Friday, July 13 from 1pm-6pm where you can swing by TangySweet in Penn Quarter, get your FroYo fix and learn all about these wildly ambitious young women who are following in the footsteps of Gloria Steinem, herself—soon-to-be heroines for future generations of girls across the country.

Dunbar + MiT= <3

It’s official! MiT is partnering with DC’s most historic high school, Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School! Our first class of girls will come from this wonderful school in the heart of DC and our first teacher liaison, Dorian Evers, will be a fantastic connection for us between the girls, the school, and the community. We’re so excited!