Yesterday was a bit bittersweet. It was the last day for ‘Girls in Gear’ with this group of incredible girls. They have just been the sweetest, most thoughtful and super enthusiased. They have all been so kind to one another and have complimented and helped one another through the program.
The speaker / community leader that spoke with them yesterday is a dear friend of mine and life coach – Naila Chauncey Hughes. Through the program and getting to know these girls, Naila was the one that kept repeating in my mind to meet and inspire these girls. And, she did! ‘The bike allows you to go at your own pace and that’s how you need live your life – at YOUR own pace and nobody elses.’ She engaged the girls in a way that they all could understand. I was inspired. I’ve only been in Nai’s presence a couple of times when she’s doing her thing and yesterday, she just reconfirmed how much she loves what she does and how good she is at it. These girls are still sponges when it comes to opportunities and I want ‘Girls in Gear’ to be this eight-week tsunami of opportunities and experiences that they all soak in and hopefully use throughout their lives. Thank you, Nai!
After, the girls received their bikes, we practiced the correct way to lock up your bike and then we took one last group ride together through the neighborhood. We also rode on W. Broad St! If any of you reading this are familiar with Broad St, it’s an inner-city highway that runs East and West. I pulled the girls over before getting on Broad St. and asked them how they felt and they WERE READY TO CONQUER! One of my graduates from the first round of ‘Girls in Gear’ Keagan took the very back of the group while I was in front. She was fantastic at being the end leader :)
I’m currently recruiting for the next cycle and will be heading back to the Hilltop YMCA as they would love to have another round of ‘Girls in Gear.’ The girls from this round are all ready excited to come back and help mentor the upcoming round of young girl leaders.
Enjoy the pics.
Be safe and keep riding