6.02.2015

The Wrap Up

Hi everyone! I apologize for this post being a little late but everything has been kind of crazy. It's the end of the school year so I've been running around trying to tie up loose ends and wrap everything up. This past week of Girl Rising was our next to last meeting. Because this week's meeting will be devoted to celebrating our year together, I used last week as an opportunity to review and reflect on what we have learned. 

I made the girls a powerpoint to review all of the topics we learned about since October when we first started. All I can say is "Thank goodness!" for this blog because it made my life SO much easier. Here's a few of my favorite memories: 


 



So many things come to mind when I look at those pictures. My heart feels full and my mind immediately focuses on the immense possibilities of the future. I'll save the sappy reflections for my next post but this experience has blessed me beyond measure and I am eternally grateful for these beautiful girls.

Over the past couple weeks I've been collecting surveys from both the girls and their parents. I chose to do the surveys as a way to document my progress as a leader and as a way to prove that what I'm doing is working. I want to make sure that I am staying mindful of my mission, which is ensuring that girls can transform their hearts and minds in order to use their power to reach their full potential. It's very important to me that I'm not only making an impact on the girls, but also an impact on their parents. I need to make sure that what I'm teaching them in school is also being used at home for their parents to see. 

I asked the girls to answer the following questions: 

  1. What is your favorite part about being in Girl Rising?
  2. What was your favorite thing you learned this year? 
  3. How have you used Girl Rising in your real life? 

Their answers absolutely warmed my heart. 

  • "In Girl Rising we talked about being FEARLESS. You can always be that amazing person. Just do it." 
  • "Girl Rising has helped me use my self confidence when I play soccer with the boys."
  • "Now we are more confident. When we walk out those doors, we are not the same person anymore. Now we know how to solve problems." 
  • "Girl Rising helped me find the real me." 
  • "My favorite part about being in Girl Rising is that I feel more safe being a girl in my life." 
  • "Girl Rising helped me to help a friend that really needed it and I inspired them just like Ms. Martin inspired us."
  • "I have used Girl Rising by being strong even though people say I'm ugly or they put me down. They don't affect me." 
I asked the parents the following questions: 
  1. What changes have you noticed in your daughter as a result of being in Girl Rising? 
  2. What do you think has been the most meaningful or valuable aspect of Girl Rising?
  3. What topics, in regards to girl empowerment, do you feel would benefit your daughter? 
  4. Additional comments
 These were beautiful. Some of them definitely brought tears to my eyes. Their responses make everything worth while. 
  • "Girl Rising has been valuable because MaKayla is around girls who are inspired by each other in a positive way." 
  • "I have noticed that she is more responsible and believes she can be anything she wants to be."
  • "She has more of a positive outlook on things and is more open with her feelings." 
  • "Kymori is much more confident in her daily activities. Not only is a positive thinker, but she consistently helps others with their attitudes and positivity." 
  • "Girl empowerment is so essential. These young ladies are able to embrace their love for one another and create special bonds." 
  • "Thank you Ms. Martin. This has been a special experience for my special daughter and it only takes a special teacher to do this very special thing. You are amazing." 
  • "It is great to have people like you that not only help with their education but help them grow in life." 
  • "Taking these girls under your wing shows you go above and beyond to make sure not only you impact lives but these girls do too!"
Those words are so special to me. I am honored to know such amazing people that value my passion and support my work. Their answers to my questions validate me in making me feel like what I'm doing is worth it. I am more excited than ever to fulfill my big goal of inspiring girl empowerment not just in Houston, but all over the country. 

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