As Lauryn Hill sang, "How you gon' win when you ain't right within?" This rings true in all our lives. As we chase the sun, let's give a little shout out to women and organizations who inspire, encourage and pay it forward.
Oh how we love young women who can see A Bigger Picture! Check out Chanel Evans, founder and executive director of A Bigger Picture, a non-profit organization in a Washington, DC metropolitan area dedicated to providing mentorship, exposure, community service and traveling opportunities to young girls in grades 7 through 10. It's rare to find a young leader like Chanel, both dynamic and powerful in her own right. She is paying it forward with tireless dedication, grace and humility. Chanel Evans will be honored this June by Empower Magazine with a 2015 emPower Award honoring individuals empowering and making a difference in their community. Kudos, Chanel! Get involved and help Chanel Evans positively impact the lives of young woman in the Washington, DC area.
Website: A Bigger Picture
And then there's the incomparable philanthoptist, humanitarian and actor, Holly Robinson Peete, whom we've loved since her days as Judy Hoffs on the place drama, 21 Jump Street. Holly and her husband, former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete founded The HollyRod foundation in 1997 is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. They seek to fill an unmet need by providing compassionate care and services to underserved individuals and families that are burdened financially and emotionally by a diagnosis.
Recently, we were with Holly and her 17-year-old son, RJ, at the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala in Chicago. Holly was there to receive an award on behalf of the HollyRod Foundation for her outstanding philanthropic work. Her handsome son, RJ, who was diagnosed with autism when he was three-years=old spoke about growing up with autism and how his mother and loved and supported him throughout the years. There wasn't a dry eye in the house upon hearing his heartfelt words. Get involved and help Holly and Rodney Peete make a difference.
Visit the HollyRod Foundation website.
Girls on the run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Website: Girls On The Run