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On December 12th, 2020, StrongHER TogetHER hosted a virtual fundraiser...A 2020 Musical Sendoff! Guests enjoyed performances from several of our community's most talented musicians! It was a night that allowed us a moment to rise above pandemics and winter and all that 2020 brought us. It was a night the voices of the Bull City rose above all.
On November 8th, 2020, StrongHER TogetHER hosted a Mentees to Mentors Webinar with 3 of Michelle Obama’s longtime mentees - Chynna Clayton, Kristin Jones and Yene Damtew. These 3 women were featured alongside Mrs. Obama on one of her podcasts to discuss the mentee/mentor relationship. Upon hearing them speak, we felt their stories dovetailed beautifully with our mission. So we reached out to see if they would be willing to talk with us and lo and behold, they said YES!
Chynna, Yene and Kristin joined us on a webinar along with many girls and young women from throughout the Durham community. In our time together, these 3 powerhouses were authentic and thoughtful in sharing wisdom about things like how situations that might’ve embarrassed them during grade school ended up being integral to their adulthood, managing social media, maneuvering through mean-girl situations, the reality of inequities for women and special insight for girls and women of color. We are so thankful to be a part of the journey from MENTEE to MENTOR with these amazing young women. They were honest about the hardships, but they inspired each of us to believe the difference is ours to make.
(The recording begins after our first question has been posed. The welcome included introductions and an overview of StrongHER TogetHER's mission. We also acknowledged the election results the previous day, but reiterated that StrongHER TogetHER does not have a political affiliation and as such, the election would not be a topic of discussion.)
The recording begins with Chynna, just after the first question has been asked, which was MANY OF THE YOUNG GIRLS ON THIS CALL ARE IN MIDDLE GRADE, HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. WHAT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT THOSE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE THAT MIGHT'VE EMBARRASSED OR WORRIED YOU AT THE TIME, BUT THEY ENDED UP BEING INVALUABLE PARTS OF YOUR LIFE THAT HAVE SHAPED YOU IN A POSITIVE WAY?)