Daughters of Destiny Girls Mentoring & Empowerment

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What Happened to Us In 2020?     Pandemic Drama Revealed

Drama, drama, sadness, death, isolation, and at-home school, and lots of frustration and emotional days! While some youth were reveling in their days stuck at home playing hours of Playstation, XBox, and television show bingeing things weren't like that doe everyone. Some young people were hungry, some were lonesome, and even sadder some became very depressed, and angry trying to understand just what was going on in our communities, and in our world. Some parents and friends were helpful while others were not. This was a test of times for all of us and it played out different across the board. For some it was as if they had been placed in a long term 'Time-Out.' I don't care how comfortable some adults say they were with some days off of work it wasn't necessarily that way for kid's and teens, and those in between! Fighting with siblings over game time, toys, computer time, and tablets became the norm for those who had the fortune of owning such. Others were busy trying to find ways to get classwork completed. Zoom classrooms, and sharing books online worrying about being accused of plagiarism was difficult. Having struggle meals was the norm for most. What's a 'Struggle Meal?' You may ask well let's say it's whatever is available to eat combined with leftovers, etc. Ramen noodles with cut up bologna, or white bread with sugar and peanut butter and that's on a 'Good Day!' Until you came to Daughters of Destiny meetings or the schools later started distributing meals during the week for breakfast, lunch, and afterschool snacks to take home. This Pandemic has been a hard experience for those of us living in and through 2020 and now in 2021. Some of us are still living as though this pandemic is over but we must endeavor to remember that its still here and we must still take precautions. Remain wise, and not live in fear. The Class of 2020 didn't even have formal Graduations! Some were televised, some were performed with just students, there were even drive-through graduations, and mostly due to fear had no graduations at all. At Daughters of Destiny Girls Mentoring and Empowerment we were blessed to have sponsors that kept the ball rolling. So here's a shout out to our sponsor's EasiHair Pro and Mr. P. Reynolds, the Sam Walton Foundation, and WalMart Community Grants. Thank you for not forgetting those of us who are still trying to make a difference in marginalized, disenfranchised, and underrepresented communities across the United States! May we all continue to create a better life for those who need someone to care, someone to share, and someone to be there in times of trouble.  Thanks Again Sponsors! We Couldn't Do What We Do Without Each of You! From those of Us at Daughters!                

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Community Service At Daughters of Destiny 

We've learned that helping our community is a jump towards helping ourselves. At Daughters of Destiny Girls Mentoring and Empowerment we use the scripture that "It's more blessed to give than it is to reecieve."  Are you just looking to gain in this world or are you endeavoring to give back? Mother Teresa once said, "I never learned to live until I learned how to give." Developing good character and strong citizenship requires that we look outside of ourselves and our selfish desires to help meet the greater need of our brothers and sisters amongst us and around us and serve them as we would like to be served and treated ourselves. This is quite the example of Christ's love and what it means to be Christ-like.

What example in compassion, humanity, and brotherly love do you set? If it's one to be proud of congratulations but if you need to shine a little brighter come help us learn to shine too.

Parent's Can be Involved To

This is Min. L. Howse with a parent Ms. Cheryl Joseph. She is the President of  Daughters 's Parent's Advisory Board. Our parent's have a voice and an opportunity to be of great aid and assistance in our non-profit organization. They may help with fundraising, or in some elements of program supervision, or classroom assistance. We allow them space and opportunity to help us make a difference in the opportunities offered to their daughter's and in the Hillsborough County community .

We're delighted to be able to host Mother and Daughter special date days and Father and Daughter Date days as part of our developmental curriculum and also just for a chance to have  bonding moments within Daughters of Destiny Girls Mentoring and Empowerment involving our parents in the process of our growth.





Making New Friends at  Daughters of   Destiny Camp 2012

Wow, camp is just about over! We've come to our concluding weeks and wow it's been interesting and exciting! We've been busy learning and growing and also learning to give back to others in the Tampa Bay area. One of our greatest lessons this summer has been not just focus on our growing desires and needs but to also continue to help others and to develop an understanding of the importance of helping and serving others.  This summer  we've helped at 'Be Beautiful Inside and Out' Surviving Domestic Violence with Fruit of Glory Ministries under the leadership of Dr. Sydel LeGrande and Mr. George LeGrande. We've also served Everyday Blessings Child Placement Agency with a great funfilled 'Game Day' for all of the children on site.

Learning didn't end there! Chef Greg Martin took time to provide us with 'Culinary Skills 101' where he taught us very important food prep, the importance of kitchen sanitation and the best part "How to prepare Chicken Casear Salad." We were stoked amd enjoyed this course tremendously! As we munched on our salads and enjoyed our brewed iced tea we marvelled at the quality of the instructors, and opportunities that have been brought to us this summer in our Daughters of Destiny Camp 2011.

These are just some of the courses and opportunities that we've experienced this summer at Camp we also had the following:

*The Importance of Proper Hygiene and Skin Care with Ms. Susan Burk  a Mary Kay Skincare Counsultant. She also included a make-up session for our high school age mentees!

*We had Ms. Toye Johnson-Vincent  who visited us and instructed us on 'The Importance of Workplace Etiquette' which  included - human relations soft skills developmental skills such as telephone etiquette, professional introduction skills, and  refined office etiquette.'  

*Rhythmic Dance has been brought to us by way of Miss Tonisha Martin via FAMU. Our ladies have thoroughly enjoyed her instruction and the performance skills that she has taught them throughout the summer.Dance classes have been fun!

MRID Solutions and KTR Enterprises has added tremendously to our Daughters Camp as well by supporting us  as a Gold Partner and by offering our mentee's Career Iniatives  opportunites through workplace mentoring and technology  development opportunities.  As you can tell we have had an exciting summer  and we're kinda of sad to see our Daughters of Destiny Performance and Preparation Camp 2011 end but alas we must get prepared to go back to school for our 2012 Fall and 2012 Spring seasons.

Even though our Daughters Camp is over you too may still make a difference for Daughters of Destiny. What can you do to make a difference in the life of a young lady that may need direction, guidance, and assistance navigating throguh this maze of teenage life in today's post -Columbine  and cyber-bullying generation? What can you do?  Contact us and let us tell you how you can partner with us to make a difference in the life or lives of our young ladies in Daughters of Destiny Girls Mentoring and Empowerment.   Will you step up and accept the challenge?