11.07.2015

Serving Others

"Our souls ought to be on fire yet no one seems awake." - Susan B. Anthony 

Last week, the girls learned about the importance of being aware of their privilege in order to take control of their future. It was a really special moment for the girls. As they watched their friends step forward and backward within the circle, many of the girls felt saddened and even surprised as they learned about the disadvantages that their close friends face on a daily basis. In that sacred moment they learned that no matter how much they think they know someone, their real story may be completely different. 

My girls are some of the most loving, sensitive, and compassionate people that I know. I am consistently inspired by their genuine desire to share their heart with others. After last week's lesson, the girls went home and wrote the most heartfelt entries in their journals. Almost all of them talked about their desire to share their privilege with people less fortunate than them. It was so humbling to listen to their charitable reflections. These girls are 8 & 9 years old and they're already willing to jump into a world of helping others and making a difference. I didn't ask them to write about helping others - they did that on their own. Their souls are on fire and they are most definitely awake. I am so proud of the young women they are becoming. 

I want RISE like a girl to be 100% driven by the girls. I create lessons every week they are inspired by what they truly want and need. So, in order to align to their passions, we devoted this week to brainstorming ways to serve others. Timely enough, a coworker of mine actually shared a documentary with me that completely aligned to what we were talking about. The documentary is called CodeGirl. The documentary highlights high-school aged girls seeking solutions to their community's problems through technology. In the world of technology, 4 out of 5 app developers are male. CodeGirl supports young women entering a field traditionally occupied by men in order to make the world a better place. 

Here's the trailer:

In the documentary, high school girls from Moldova, a country in eastern Europe, were upset that people in their community didn't have access to clean water. Instead of standing by and allowing the problem to keep happening, the girls sought a solution. They created an app that helped people locate wells in their area with clean drinking water. 

I showed the documentary to the girls for this reason: when we see a problem, we fix it. We stand up, we own our privilege, and we use our voice to make a difference. So, the girls and I make a list of the problems we see in our community. Here's what we came up with...




Then, the girls met in small groups to brainstorm some possible solutions for those problems. It was beautiful watch how passionately they came up with ideas to serve others. Although, it's not common for women to be CEOs, business leaders, and other professional/social innovators, the girls are learning that they have what it takes to make a difference too. Our brain is worthy, our ideas matter, and our voice is significant. Little by little, we're breaking through genders barriers and making our mark as the empowered girls we were born to be. 

One of the problems that was super close to their hearts was homelessness. Here in Houston, there are displaced men and women on the street almost everywhere you go. Many times, you'll see them at an intersection holding a sign asking for money. We want to help those people - not by giving them money, but by giving them care packages to make them feel cared for and valued. Next week, the girls and I will spend our meeting assembling bags of snacks, water, warm socks, and kind notes. I'm so excited to work on this project with the girls. We saw a problem and we're seeking a solution to share our privilege and serve others. 


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"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself to others." - Gandhi 

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