Building Resilience in African American Families Program
Girl's Africentric Youth & Families Rites of Passage
Affirmation for Today
You are POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT!
Queen Check In & Unity Circle: Mon-Wed-Fri 4:30 PM
Traditions are important. Our Unity Circle is where we check in with each other, pour libations in honor of our ancestors, and identify our highs and lows for the day. In our closing circle, we recite our principles, Queen's creed and express our gratefulness. Frequently the Queen's express gratefulness for their family, sisters, mama's, and guest. We want to continue our traditions by logging in at 4:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click on your image, and let's do a virtual unity circle by answering questions and submitting your answers.
We will stand bound together, in common loyalty that will transcend any personal selfishness. As Iron sharpens Iron, so shall we as sisters sharpen one another. We will use our principles for daily living and conduct ourselves like young queens at all times. With great expectation of each other we will live to the highest standard and be accountable for our actions and the actions of our sisters. We will refer to our sisters as our sisters. Never forgetting the foundation our ancestors have laid before us. We will always strive for greatness. Through our conduct we will stand on what is right and faithfully safeguard the reputation of this SISTERHOOD at all times.
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This is a bonus area. Complete as many of the Daily Chores & RESPONSIBILITIES as you can while you are at home. And don't be surprised if something special get's dropped at your doorstep for OUTSTANDING effort. You must do the work!
Pick one or two chores daily. You must complete the chore as needed. For instance, if you have dishes to do, you must make sure dishes are washed, dried, put away (dishes include plates, cups, silverware and pots and pans. Counters should be wiped down, food put away and floors swept and mopped just as we expect at the BRANCH House on program days.
Find a recipe that you can plan and prepare for you and your family, (it may be a main dish, side dish, or dessert). If needed choose one that you can utilize items on hand unless you are able to shop. We are encouraging you to include family members in your preparation time, asking them to assist in cutting, measuring, and preparing. Lastly, enjoy the meal together. Use your table setting skills as well as family style eating and managing appropriate etiquette and conversation.
This job will be used for self-check and rate yourself on the quality of your own performance in all areas. How well are you doing without being watched and guided daily? What are areas you feel you can still improve in? What areas are you highly successful ? Is someone having to step in and assist you? Are you being assisted? How is it without assistance from your sisters.
We all get a little behind sometimes and while we have time to get ahead, we ask that you plan some study time. You all have access to your assignments. Spend time practicing math problems, read at least 20 minutes a day and write about what you read. Journal daily about your feelings, emotions, or whatever comes to mind.
Ancestor for the Week
Laura Wheeler Waring
Born on May 16, 1887, in Hartford, Connecticut, Laura Wheeler Waring was an African-American teacher and artist who became known for her portraits; the subjects she painted include W.E.B. Du Bois and Marian Anderson. A member of the NAACP, Wheeler also contributed many illustrations to its magazine, The Crisis.
The little girl within
Do you remember the things you loved to do as a child that you have strayed away from as you became older? What about those dreams and goals that you knew you were going to accomplish when you grew up? Maybe you dreamed of being a doctor, or a superhero. Maybe you loved to paint as a child or play outside. Sometimes allowing ourselves to become in touch with that little girl within that was so passionate and optimistic about life will inspire us to allow her light to shine again.
“We are unaware of our inner child, nor are we aware that the many difficulties we navigate, including relationships, our behaviors and our emotions, stem from her being unacknowledged.”
What is one thing that you absolutely loved doing as a little girl? Go do it NOW! Do not forget to record it, we would love to take that trip down memory lane with you! Also, tell us how it made you feel, would you do it again?