On Sunday, June 5th from 12 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. will host its 4th Annual Youth Summit at St. Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY. This event is FREE and open to youth in the 8th – 12th grade. Click here to register. Here’s a direct invitation from the Founder, Ijana Nathaniel
The very premise of our organization is to empower youth to know that anything is possible when you take action and work hard to make your dreams come true. In January 2015, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc., partnered with a Brooklyn Girl Scout Troop to help their girls ages 9-15 earn badges for Financial Literacy and Career Etiquette. During our workshops we met Waverly Johnson, an 11 year old aspiring archery Olympian. She is using her love for archery to help her reach her goals. Watch and be inspired.
There is a saying that goes, it is better to give than to receive. This is a biblical quote that sums up what it means to be of service. In this blog I want to discuss the importance of being of service and how it could help your child, student or even anyone build and grow their resume. First, I would like to share my story of how I landed my first job as a teenager and how I ended up growing my career from volunteering and helping someone.
I was only fifteen years old when I started going to visit a friend of mine who worked at what I thought was regular office building. I used to go to her office every day after school just to say hello. One day, she asked me to help her with some of her work. She had me making phone calls, organizing files and stuffing envelopes (fun right)…lol. I did this for about six months. Then…one day, she came to me and said “there is a summer camp located in the building and that they were looking to hire summer camp counselors, are you interested?” I told her that I had no idea that there was a summer camp in the building and yes I am interested. She was able to get me an interview and long story short, I got the job. I ended up moving up in the company being promoted to other jobs throughout the organization over the next sixteen years.
How was I able to find such a great opportunity at such a young age? I did eight key things that can be duplicated by anyone reading this, especially youth looking to build their resume and gain new skills that will make them attractive and marketable in the career world. Today I will share three my top three.
One: Be of service. Think about people you know who have jobs and ask if they need help. If you do not know anyone, that is fine. There are plenty of organizations who could use volunteers. To begin, search for organizations on websites such as www.nycservice.org where they list various volunteer opportunities and select one that is a great fit for you.
Two: Treat your volunteer opportunity like a paying job. Yes, this opportunity is not something you are going to be paid for. However, in the end, it is a great possibility that the organization could hire you. With this in mind, treat this as if you are a paid employee. Be professional, show up on time and lastly, be the best volunteer they ever had by over delivering. What does this mean? This could mean showing up earlier, staying late, or asking for additional job duties if you know you can successfully do them within your regular job duties. These things will assure that the organization you are volunteering for will remember you and think of you if and when a paid opportunity comes available.
Three: Be intentional. What I mean by this is that you should not volunteer with an organization with the expectation of them offering you a paid position. When you volunteer, do it because you truly want to and you are interested in helping the organization. If you do it just for a reward, that will show through your work. When you are intentional, you will go above and beyond because it is something you want to do. Others will see this and you will be rewarded. Your reward will come in various ways. One reward will be the added skills and knowledge gained from the volunteer experience. These additional skills will be of use for future volunteer or job opportunities. Most importantly, you will now be able to build or grow your resume which will allow you to apply for employment or other volunteer opportunities. Getting hired would be the icing on the cake.
Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. (D2DL) teams up with a Girls Scout troop in Brooklyn to help each scout earn a Career Etiquette and Financial Literacy badge.
On January 24, 2015, D2DL facilitated the first of four workshops at St. Francis College located Downtown Brooklyn. We introduced the young girls ages 9-13 about setting financial goals, creating budgets, what is a side hustle, the importance of saving and how to create a vision board. As a bonus we also had the pleasure of sharing this information with their parents who stayed for the workshop. The highlight of the day was learning about the girls. Learning about their hopes and dreams. We had a host of entrepreneurs in our presence. We even had an archer among us. Needless to say, we had a phenomenal group of leaders in the room!
On June 8, 2014, Dare 2 Dream Leaders, Inc. hosted it’s 3rd Annual Youth Summit at St. Francis College for both middle and high school students. This year our event was sponsored by the Arbonne Charity Foundation. Our event was packed with activities geared to educate and inspire each participant.
We kicked off the event with special guest Sharon Clarke, Candidate for Civil Court Judge. She welcomed our guests and inspired them with a powerful opening speech with positive and motivating quotes to remember, daring them to continue to Dream Big!
Our Road 2 Success youth panel, which was moderated by our very own Board Member Francis Clifford consisted 6 students ages 11-21. These dynamic youth shared their experiences on how having a mentor inspired them to want to succeed now and in the future.
The afternoon was filled with career mentoring workshops featuring Filmmaker (Brigid Turner), Youth Leader (Omari Haughton), Vice President of Public Affairs at Brookdale Hospital (Khari Edwards) and VP Arbonne Consultant/D2DL Board Member (Leah Wagner). Parents even enjoyed a Financial Empowerment workshop which was led by Earlene Greene of Faith Walk Enterprises. Everyone had a chance to participate in an interactive Creative Arts Improv workshop lead by Leah and her Theater partner Max.
We closed the event with a high energy musical and dance performance by Fyrezone youth, Hip Hop Artist D-Rell, Poetry by Datrooth and the awesome and amazing keynote speaker Dawn J. Fraser who was the perfect fit for our summit. We set out to inspire our participants and I believe that is what we did! Can’t wait until 2015 to do it all over again!
On June 8th, Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. participated in Councilman D. Williams 3rd Annual Not In My Hood March through East Flatbush, Brooklyn. We walked in protest against senseless violence. We were joined by a host of community leaders and youth advocates. We ended the day with a resource fair in Flatbush Gardens formally known as “Vandaveer”.
On Sunday, June 2nd Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc. held its 2nd Annual Youth Summit at St. Francis College. I would like to thank each and every one that came out to the event. I hope you left more inspired than before you walked in. I was honored to be in a room with so many gifted and talented individuals. Our panelists Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Shaduke McPhatter, Shatia Burk D-Rell/Darrell Williams were amazing. Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc.’s Creative Arts students and Fyrezone youth performances were fantastic. Our parent and youth workshops were engaging and our keynote speaker inspired our youth to DREAM and set goals. To top it all off, D-Rell and Tazz Milano gave two thought provoking and high energy performances that left our audience wanting more. I’d say that we reached our goal of setting our audience up to be on or continue on the “Road 2 Success”! I want to send a big thank you to my Board of Directors Derron, Leah, Fran, Raina, Laurissa, Oriel and our Creative Arts Director for working tirelessly on planning this event and making it such a success. To our volunteers, thank you so much for all that you did at the summit to make the event run smoothly, stay organized and on time. If you missed out on this event we hope to see you next year!!!
Brooklyn, NY based nonprofit Dare 2 Dream Leaders held a creative writing contest among its students in support of Young & Creative: Youth Creativity Awareness Month. The contest was held over the course of 2 weeks and included any form of creative writing. Several students entered into the contest with beautiful writing pieces. The student chosen as winner of the contest is Aaliyah Nathaniel. Click here to read article…