DC Housing Authority sponsored their annual basketball tournaments and youth empowerment program. This year’s event held at McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC not only offered youths the opportunity to participate in basketball tournaments but to partake in varied life skill development workshops with the intent to motivate and uplift them toward success in life.
There were multiple teams of boys and girls participating in the tournaments. Many of the girls also served as cheerleaders enthusiastically applauding the basketball teams. When the youths were not playing basketball, they attended motivational workshops.
One interesting participant at the tournament was Saniyah Stevenson. She was one of two female basketball players on a team. When asked why she wanted to play in the tournament, she calmly replied, “I just like playing basketball.” In a recent article, it was revealed that girls who are involved in sports have the opportunity to increase their self-esteem by developing new skills and being encouraged and praised for their efforts by coaches and parents. This young lady definitely expressed confidence in her abilities as a player. http://voices.yahoo.com/why-all-girls-play-basketball-including-your-724531.html
Angela Harris, the founder of ALHsuccesslines LLC, a company with the mission to motivate and inspire girls toward success in life offered a workshop titled, “What is a CEO?” The facilitator constructed this program based on her children’s book titled, Mommy What is a CEO? This workshop concentrated on providing the girls with a clear and easy to understood explanation for what it is to be a leader and a CEO of a company. Jovona Anderson, one of the youth participants in the workshop excitedly announced she wanted to create a lipstick and cosmetics company. Sydnae Becton, another participant revealed she wanted to ultimately study to become an anesthesiologist. These young ladies are well on the way toward becoming CEO’s, in charge of their lives. The overall theme of the training was to establish the reality that the desire and ability to do great things starts with the thought that they can do it.
Chonya Johnson, youth advocate and author of the book, The L Factor, 8 Ways for Cultivating Young Leaders also offered her inspirational messages to the girls. In Chonya’s book, she describes the L Factor as a combination of traits, values and skills which one possesses allowing the individual the ability to navigate life and to lead. The book explains 8 practices which will assist young people in making responsible choices thus becoming better leaders.
Grace Amazin, another mentor at the event served as one of the basketball coaches. Grace is the CEO, Founder and Chairwoman of Grace Period, a non-profit organization with the mission to provide innovative and practical life coaching, mentoring, and encouragement to local and international under-served teens and young adults.To learn more about Grace Period, go to http://graceperiodnp.com/.
There were many female business owners present to include, Dartesha, owner and style consultant at LucyLunaee Boutique. She presented several of her amazing fashions for women. To learn more about her business, please visit her website at http://www.lucyylunaee.com/
Lanell Lightfoot not only did a remarkable job singing the National Anthem but she is the proud business owner of Lanell’s Jewelry Box, a company that offers top quality, fashion jewelry for the high class woman with a contemporary consciousness for the latest trendsetting style. To learn more about the company, please visit her website at http://www.lljewelrybox.com/index.html.
Overall, this year’s event was a huge success focusing on youth empowerment through sports and life skill development. Furthermore the event offered small business owners the chance to display their products and services. What a wonderful way to inspire while uniting the community.
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