Updates!

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!

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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!

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!

Our first class!

On Saturday we had our first ever class and it was wonderful! It was so nice to finally hang out with the girls after talking about them for two years! The first class was a moveHER class and Nena had us working harder than we had in a long time! Between the nutrition lessons, sack races, bush ups and even watching the Olympics we all learned about getting and staying healthy and having fun while we do it.

Deja killed us all in the sack race but we comforted ourselves¬†by remembering that she’s a track star.

moveHER chair Nena had more fun on the floor than hopping in the sack race.

Our volunteer coordinator, the new Mrs. Squires, got into post-honeymoon shape with a few sit ups. Want to volunteer with us? Sign up HERE!

Adorable Priscilla rocked the hula hoop and looked peaceful while she did it. She may have invented hula hoop yoga.

leadHER chair Jazmyn had a blast with the hula hoop.

When we weren’t sweating it up, Nena was teaching us how to read nutrition labels, about proper serving sizes and even giving the girls adorable water bottles for class workouts!

We had a blast in our first class and can’t wait to see the girls again. Up next? The girls start school soon and our teacher liaison, Ms. Evers and I are throwing them a pizza party and talking about the semester. Then our leadHER class is coming up where the girls will get to have a scavenger hunt and learn about leadership skills! So exciting that we’re finally getting started!

Wonderful Womble

I am constantly amazed at the generosity that I encounter when I am talking about MiT. People offer their time, wisdom and encouragement whenever I talk about our amazing girls. So, when I was looking for classroom space my amazing friend @carlamvaldes introduced me to Womble Carlyle, my new favorite law firm. It was important to me that the girls would be surrounded by a beautiful space during our classes and Womble’s beautiful new office fits the bill perfectly. The bright colors, beautiful artwork, adorable dining room and amazing technology are exactly what I was looking for. I know the girls will feel inspired, fortunate and that they are special enough to deserve such beautiful surroundings. And, to top it off, Womble is sponsoring our lunches for every class! Amazing. Thank you Womble!

Michelle in Training Launches at TangySweet!

Friday the 13th was a lucky day at MiT, we had a fantastic launch at the Penn Quarter TangySweet! We hosted a froyo friendraiser to get the word out about our program, sign up new volunteers and, most importantly, eat lots of frozen yogurt. All three goals were successful and we had a blast doing it! New volunteers signed up, new people got excited about MiT and we had a full day of healthy-yet-delicious snacking. A lucky day indeed.

TangySweet is light and pretty and the perfect place for our launch!

showHER chair Kiah hanging out at the table

kat and Darla, our amazing Advisory Board member!

Timika, our new volunteer!

Founders at work! Hanging with Capital Cause founder and MiT supporter Kezia Williams.

Kiah and our amazing intern, Faith.

If you couldn’t make it to the friendraiser but still want to volunteer, no worries! Just click HERE! Next up, our very first class with the girls. We’re having a tech day to get them set up with all of the email/docs/etc. they’ll need to get them through the first semester. We’re so excited to finally spend the day with the girls!