Yep, Carmen and Bobbie always have those beautiful smiles on their face.
That’s why they’re the perfect people to greet our attendees!
Let’s get some food in those tummies!
These girls needed fuel for the fun filled day they had ahead of them!
(Thank you Panera Bread for being our breakfast sponsor two years in a row!)
Let’s break the ice by working together and laughing at ourselves!
You would have thought the girls knew each other forever after this!
All that work, we had to refuel them for the first workshop!
The girls did not hesitate to grab a yummy snack during break time.
Workshop II: Masked Emotions W/ Leanna
Unmasking those emotions that we often hide
Thank you to our lunch ladies who always make us yummy lunches!
make a new friend!
We encouraged the attendees to sit with someone they didn’t know to make a new friend.
They did & learned three new things about someone at their table.
Workshop II: Connected
Proving that they’re all connected in ways that they would have never guessed.
Workshop III: Booster Jar W/ Shakia
Because we all have those days when we need a little boost
and our TAI sister does too.
Each girl is presented with a certificate of completion
you can see that they sometimes get a little shy .
Coming to a close
what better way to end the day than with Ice cream, raffle prizes & dancing?
…I can’t think of any way better either!
Look mom, we did it!
certificates in hand, smile on faces & friends on each side.
The second Talk About IT Seminar was a great experience & a very emotional one.
I would say that at least 50% of the attendees cried. They cried as they spoke something’s into the atmosphere that they had never spoken, they cried as they expressed the love and admiration they had for their sister (but had never shared it with her) & they cried because they witnessed their fellow attendee deal with some hard emotions. I even cried. However, those tears were cathartic. We felt good after letting those tears finally escape.
don’t worry, we didn’t cry all day.
We laughed .
I left the TAI seminar in sheer amazement.
I am always amazed at how a group of young girls can attend an event for 8 hours and do all that I previously listed; with people they have just met.
They come in as strangers looking for a safe space & leave with a group of sisters they will forever have this experience with.
I wish they knew how thankful I am to have witnessed their vulnerability, their strength and ability to create a safe space by expressing both.