SMART Leaders Report

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Slideshow report for the first annual SMART Leaders drawing contest for children, ages 5 to 13, of Dress for Success Austin clients.

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SMART Leaders Report

  1. 1. Successful Moms are Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders<br />What do you see when you picture success <br />in your future?<br />
  2. 2. A CLIENT’S STORY…<br /> Single mom of four, Dress for Success Austin client and PWG member Chinara rushed to the grocery store after a nap to purchase ingredients for dinner, unaware that her 9-year-old son had tied a cape around her neck while she was sleeping. When a customer commented on the accessory, her son beamed at his embarrassed mother and explained, <br />“I put it on her because she’s Super Mom!” <br />Chinara, a Nigerian refugee, was referred to Dress for Success Austin by SafePlace, where she fled with her children after enduring years of domestic abuse. Through Dress for Success and the PWG, she has developed her confidence, independence, skills and profession. How remarkable that today her son views his mom as a superhero, not a victim, demonstrating the positive influence a mother’s accomplishments havein her child’s life.<br /> How could we cultivate and raise awareness of this powerful association? <br /> <br />
  3. 3. We received this opportunity when YSC provided $1,000 seed money with a challenge to turn a hypothetical project into a sustainable program.<br />With additional sponsorship from local supporter Dell, <br />we were able to set our goals for far reaching impact even higher.<br />
  4. 4. of Dress for Success Austin clients <br />61% are mothers<br />81% are heads of household<br />The mission of SMART Leadersis to break the cycle of generational poverty by encouraging children of Dress for Success Austin clients to identify with their mothers’ success and recognize their own unlimited potential for leadership and achievement. <br />A drawing contest for children ages 5 to 13 of Dress for Success Austin clients, SMART Leaders promotes family dialogue and early planning for future success. <br />The contest provides a creative format for children to express their understanding of success and to illustrate their personal goals.<br />
  5. 5. SMART Leaders steps<br /><ul><li> Contest brochures were mailed to every client served within the last year with eligible children.</li></ul>suc•cess<br />noun<br />The achievement of <br />something desired, planned or attempted; <br />One that is successful<br />from YAHOO! Kids dictionary<br /><ul><li> Follow up calls and emails were made to encourage every mom to discuss the meaning of success with her children and encourage them to share their “pictures of success” with us.
  6. 6. In order to raise awareness of the broader impact our service to women has in families and communities, all entries were posted online for voting by the community. Voting was promoted via Facebook and email.</li></li></ul><li>Connecting with the community…<br /><ul><li> We also wanted to establish a physical presence and engage directly with the community, so we set up a voting table at the local mall.</li></ul>Over 1,000 ballots were received!<br />
  7. 7. Choosing the winners<br /><ul><li> Winning drawings were selected based on originality, creativity, and consistency with the theme </li></ul>What do you see when you picture success in your future?<br /><ul><li>The collective public decision counted as one vote on the judging panel. Two successful moms in the community also served as judges:</li></ul>Kendra ScottandDonna Howard<br />Jewelry Designer Texas State Representative,<br /> and Entrepreneur 48th District<br /><ul><li>The winner in each age group received a $1,000 College Savings Fund scholarship and a new Dell computer and printer. Three honorable mention winners received VTechLearning Laptops.</li></li></ul><li>Celebrating success!<br /><ul><li>The first annual SMART Leaders drawing contest culminated at the finale Kids Fun Fair and Awards Ceremony, which was open to the public and took place at a local middle school.</li></ul>Star Achievers<br />
  8. 8. Celebrating success!<br /><ul><li>The first 50 children to arrive received SMART Leaders goodie bags which included:
  9. 9. Success-themed word search and crossword puzzle
  10. 10. Star shades
  11. 11. Friendship bracelets
  12. 12. Buttons
  13. 13. Stickers
  14. 14. Toys
  15. 15. Pencils
  16. 16. Book covers
  17. 17. Raffle ticket sales helped us recoup some of the cost of the event
  18. 18. Capital One Bank informed parents of college savings options</li></li></ul><li>Celebrating success!<br /><ul><li>We served hot dogs and local favorite Jim Jim’s Water Ice
  19. 19. Guest speaker Rep. Howard encouraged families to strive together for success and later congratulated the winners</li></li></ul><li>Celebrating success!<br />Kids jumped for joy in the moonbounce!<br />
  20. 20. Celebrating success!<br />They enjoyed an early taste of stardom singing karaoke, which was hosted by<br />a Dress for Success Austin PWG member!<br />
  21. 21. Celebrating success!<br />They sported painted faces – some wild, some pretty, some funny!<br />
  22. 22. Celebrating success!<br />And they made new friends in the petting zoo!<br />
  23. 23. Successful Moms are Raising Tomorrow’s Leaders<br />And now for the winners…<br />
  24. 24. Age Group 5-7 Honorable Mention<br />Jeremiah, age 7<br />
  25. 25. Age Group 8-10 Honorable Mention<br />Noel, age 8<br />
  26. 26. Age Group 11-13 Honorable Mention<br />Elijah, age 11<br />
  27. 27. Age Group 5-7 GRAND PRIZE<br />Jessica, age 7<br />
  28. 28. Age Group 8-10 GRAND PRIZE<br />Vennicio, age 8<br />
  29. 29. Age Group 11-13 GRAND PRIZE<br />Natalie, age 13<br />
  30. 30. A big THANK YOU to the following affiliates for their input and support!<br />Indianapolis<br />Midwest<br />Palm Beaches<br />Shreveport-Bossier<br />and Dress for Success Worldwide<br />
  31. 31. Fostering a legacy of success for future generations<br />

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