Quarterly Newsletter
April 2015 
 
 Captivating Ladies Acquiring Successful Standards Yearly!

These days it can be difficult trying to be your own person, especially when you’re a girl under the age of 18.

 
There are so many pressures to be, or act a certain way as a young lady in our society, today. Ladies need the opportunity to explore who they are and to be themselves, without critique or skepticism. This year, C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. dedicated our first event of the year to “social creativity”, a theme where ladies get to be sociable and creative with their peers- no pressures, no rules.

Now at the finish of our first quarter, we are very proud of our accomplishments and looking forward to what the second quarter will bring. 

Our first event of the year was the “Creative Girl Painting/Writing Social”, held at the Elk Grove Library on Friday, February 6th. This event catered to our ladies between the ages of 7-11, while our older ladies (12 and over) assisted as mentors for the event. 

Participants were able to get in tuned with their creative side by painting on professional art canvases, as well as exploring their creative writing side with fun poems and stories.

 
The ladies were able to take their masterpieces home, and their youth mentors were able to earn community service hours for participating in the event. These activities were 100% free of charge, and as you see, the girls did an amazing job. What a way to keep it “C.L.A.S.S.Y.”!

 

(Mayor Kevin Johnson, being greeted by  A C.L.A.S.S.Y. volunteer) 

On March 6, 2015 C.L.A.S.SY. Inc. was able to participate in the annual "Northern California Physicians forum" hosted by Sacculturalhub.com. This was an incredible event for ladies interested in the medical field. The Sac Cultural Hub hosts a very sophisticated, upscale forum that allows physicians from the northern part of California to come together and discuss health disparities that are impacting our communities. Teens were able to meet real physicians and medical students, as well as listen in on the forum and gain more in depth knowledge about the types of health issues threatening our communities today.
 
 
 
Prior to the event, our ladies worked at the registration desk, greeted guest and helped arrange the set-up of programs and resource information. All of our young women had a great time, and it was an excellent professional experience for everybody involved. The ladies even got to meet the mayor of Sacramento, Mayor Kevin Johnson. We were so proud of the professionalism that our ladies showed- it just doesn't get any classier than that!

 

C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. would like to thank Pleshette Robertson of Sacculturalhub.com for allowing C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. the opportunity to learn and serve. We would also like to recognize Tikara Murdock with Health Professions high school in the Sacramento Unified School District, who worked diligently sending students our way to participate in this event. Because of the work she did recruiting interested youth, this was one of our biggest turnouts! We cannot thank her enough for helping us to have such a successful evening.

 "Get Fit, Get With It!"

Are you tired of seeing the epidemic child obesity damaging our youth and their health, even right here in our own community? Here at C.L.A.S.S.Y. we decided to do something about it. For the past three years we have been hosting our “Get Fit, Get With It” program, a free event where we educate ourselves on staying healthy through healthy diet and exercise.  
 

 This year our event took place in the beautiful garden area of the Colonial Library. Each young lady came up with their own exercises that they shared with the group, for us all to try. It was pretty intense, but we definitely got quite the workout!

 
Once the exercise regimen was done, we rewarded ourselves for all of our hard work by going to the kitchen to learn how to prepare healthy (and yummy!) smoothies with tons of great, healthy ingredients!
 
 

 "Capitol City Legends Ball"

Over the years since C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. was founded in 2007, we have received many acknowledgments from local nonprofits that we have advocated. We had never received an honorary philanthropy award, however, until March 21, 2015 at the Capitol City Legends Ball. Our organization was recognized for our services to our community, young ladies in particular. Multi entrepreneur, Sharie Wilson, who has been an advocate of our organization since the beginning, nominated us for this honorary award.

 
 (Mrs. Sharie Wilson pictured above)
 
Though we received this acknowledgment as an award, our youth still wanted to volunteer at this event to assist us as well as earn more community service hours. The event recognized so many contributing members of the community; one that we would like to acknowledge is another youth who is doing amazing things for his peers and community. This young man’s name is Qamdhyn (pronounced "Camden") Hale, and he is one of the many faces of the autism spectrum. Qamdhyn has Asperger's Syndrome.
 
 
 (Qamdhyn  Hale pictured on the right)
He is a 14 year old student attending Antelope Crossing Middle School, located in Northern California. Qamdhyn is on a mission to show how people with any type of autism, no matter what part of the spectrum, should not be tolerated, but accepted. He wants people to understand that your toleration implies negativity, while acceptance, like love, is unconditional. It is his hope that his comic strip, Asp and Norm will serve as a teaching tool, as well as provide some much needed clarity, in a light and fun way that will help more people get a better understanding of this part of the autism spectrum. To learn more about this amazing young man please visit his go fund me page at: http://www.gofundme.com/qamqomics

 

 Thank you to  Sharie  Wilson  at: http://www.dghair.com/  and the Capitol City Legend’s committee for recognizing our efforts in the community and allowing our youth the opportunity to volunteer at such an inspirational event.

On March 28, 2015 C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. hosted our “Way too smart to start" Crime Prevention Youth Forum.  statistics show that ladies under the age of 18 are six times as likely to end up in a juvenile detention center than boys younger than 18. This is not an extremely well known fact to our young women, which is why in 2011 we decided to create a platform for young ladies to learn about the incidents that put their peers in such predicaments. In the past we have had incredible police officers, reformed inmates, and a host of educators that work in the juvenile detention centers come and talk to us about their real life experiences in hopes to make a lasting impression on the young women that we’re trying to protect.

 

 (Jeffrey Cueno addressing youth questions pictured above)

For the second year in a row, this year, the My-Fi coalition granted us the funds and resources to make these events more innovative and fun. Our youth mentors, Kyleeah Howard, Khiara Brown, and Kylah Bennett hosted an amazing event to over 50 ladies under the age of 18 at the Fruitridge Community Center. They were even able to invite and obtain a guest speaker to co-host the youth forum, public youth defender for Jeffrey Cueno. Jeffrey was able to answer all of their questions about the justice system, and situations that land young women in it, with a realistic approach. He did not become short or offended by their many inquiries, but instead stayed until their every question was satisfied. Given the many social issues that youth are exposed to, their minds can be easily persuaded to believe what they see or hear on the internet, television, and radio.

 

These days it is not uncommon to see young ladies on video fighting in a classless, senseless manner. It seems like almost every other day we are watching ladies pummel one another to the ground, while bystanders just stand around and encourage them, video tape them, gawk at them or simply walk by and do nothing. It’s become so common that we act as if it’s okay!
 
 
  
At the forum, youth were able to watch several videos of how they are portrayed in our society. It was very disheartening, however the enlightening aspect of the forum was that they were inspired to offer solutions as they partnered with each other as teams, and worked together as a group to exchange their thoughts and ideas on how to end the issue. C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. couldn’t be more proud to have worked with such incredible youth, who offered up their time to discuss and invoke change.
 
 
 
Ladies working together to come up with positive solutions for the issues that their peers are impacted by today defies the odds that we see these days, and is totally, without a doubt “C.L.A.S.S.Y.”

All participants received community service hours for their participation in the event. A huge thank you to our most gracious sponsors in this event, the My-Fi Coalition and to Southgate Parks and Recreation center. Without your support and continuous investment into young ladies who seek to do better, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission.


 On April 4, 2015 C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. hosted the “Volunteer Opportunity” at the Under Water Easter Egg Hunt, at the Southgate Recreation, Fruitridge Community Center.
 
 
 
C.L.A.S.S.Y Inc. prides ourselves on participating in opportunities that strengthen and improve our communities. As volunteers at the event, the ladies had a great time, they assisted in the set-up of decorations, photo booths and registration, as well as the clean up afterwards.
 
 
 
 “It was very exciting watching the kids enter in the area that we had decorated and set up just for them”, says Kyleeah Howard. “I had fun helping the kids count the eggs they had found for the egg hunt contest”, beams Kiara Belcher.
 

As a treat to the youth that got up early in the morning to give back, not only were the participants given a pizza lunch, but C.L.A.S.S.Y. Inc. provided every participant with Jamba Juice gift cards for their assistance. Looks like there actually are some good deeds that go unpunished!


We did it!

The first quarter of the year was visibly very active. We have learned and engaged in a plethora of events, and we don’t expect to slow down anytime soon. We’re headed into our second quarter with our Annual Mother Daughter Brunch, taking place on May 9, 2015. In just four months, look at what these ladies were able to add to their college profiles and resumes. Some ladies participated in every single event, Saturday after Saturday, with a positive attitude and a willingness to engage and help put their peers and community!

Overall, engaging in these events allows participants to gain more confidence in the opportunities that they are exposing themselves to, and rings true to our mission, “Improving the self-esteem of ladies 7-18”

Thanks again to every single person who made these events possible! It makes us feel great about working with good people on such a meaningful purpose, but don’t go anywhere! We still have second quarter to achieve, so stay a while and continue making a difference with us!