Let the CELEBRATING begin!
Ending 2022 on a HIGH NOTE
GRATITUDE & RESPECT
*ONE'S LIFE IS DEFINED BY THEIR FOOTPRINTS*
There are many things that I hold dear and one of them is 'Respect for my elders'!
This past March, 2023 in honor of 'Women's History Month'; I was SHOCKED when I was informed that I was the Recipient for this year's award from the nonprofit orgnaization, NANBPWC, Inc. This organization was established in 1935 to honor Black women, who are professionals and business owners! I was awarded a plaque and I was extremely HUMBLED by the honor!
So; it was truly a pleasure to meet the President- Mrs. Beryl Small in person when she visited and shopped at the Greenburgh Farmers Market, where I am a Farmers Market Manager. I am GRATEFUL that my life's work (purpose) is RESPECTED!
A GREAT MEMORY
Back in June, 2018; I fulfilled one of my life's PURPOSES as a Writer-Teach youths through literacy!
I introduced my YA/Education book, "Francesca's Journey" to one of the oldest communtiy nonprofit organizations (125 years old)-
Located in the City of Yonkers, I received APPROVAL from the CEO, who then directed me to the counselors in charge of the afterschool program, The YMCA Clubhouse. After the four-member staff read my book and liked it, they decided to implement the book into the program. Seven teens read my and LIKED IT! I did not take this for granted, because teens will straight out tell you if they like or do not like something.
To show my GRATITUDE, I gave them a 'Book Club Party' and it was a blast!
I gave each of the teens certificates and the staff, prizes and did a Q&A about the book. I was surprised, when I found out the event was published in the 'Yonkers Rising Newspaper'.
'MY SISTERS KEEPER''
Being a member of a nonprofit is a RESPONSIBILITY, not about status! When I was elected in (2020) as a Board Member for the 25-year old, Yonkers-based organization:
Sister-To-Sister International, I took it as I took everything else in my life- Seriously!
In 2021; I again saw this as an opportunity to share my literary work with the youth.
So when I approached the CEO & Founder of the organization- Cheryl Brannan, she reviewed my YA/Education book, "Francesca's Journey" and then gave me a THUMBS UP. I introduced it to the girls in the 'STEAM Summer Camp Academy'.
I received such positive feedback from the students and gave away a prize (from my business- Unlimited 'A'rtist).