Laces to Bows INC. is an unconventional organization that creatively focuses on topics that most organizations neglect. We promote and support creative expression of the unique experiences the girls encounter and promote ways to channel their energy for a positive impact on themselves and their communities. We focus on multi-dimensional areas, ensuring we address topics affecting the mind, body, and spirit.Our organization starts at the formative years of a girl’s life, and through mentoring and coaching, identifies life skills prepares them for living a productive and successfully independent life. Bridging the gap of areas that can be neglected at home and school. Laces to Bows is truly committed to breaking the cycle and barriers of poverty that continues to impact our target areas. We will educate our target audience with seminars, workshops, and programs focused on education, personal health and safety, and positive self-esteem. We believe we can make an impact – one girl at a time.
In 2014 I started Laces To Bows INC.
In my first year I lost two cars, received 3 eviction notices on my first apartment and by the grace of god I didn’t get put out until the 6th letter.
I held mentoring sessions in the back of my moms hair salon. I found out that two of my mentees mom lost her job and took what little money I had and sponsored their immediate family for the holidays by paying the monthly bills for 4 months all while having mini “am I sure I want to do this” breakdowns every other week causing me to question my ART and MYSELF. I was a MESS and that’s exactly what my dream was....a MESS.
Laces to Bows INC. hosted a spa day and brunch in Baltimore Maryland, with special guest LOVE AND HIPHOP TV STAR and Entreperneur Yandy Smith to speak to the girls.
Soon after the event I was offered a position from Yandy Smith herself on the EGL team.
EGL is Short for Everything Girls Love.
A nonprofit organization created by Ms.Yandy Smith for women and girls as well as an opportunity to speak in LA,
but due to high belief in myself and Laces To Bows Great purpose the offer was declined.
I received my 501C3 status for my mentoring program, I was able to make huge accomplishments that showed my trials I had to endure was a message for someone else.
In partnership with DTLR short for downtown locker room I hosted a large back to school event which consisted of 500+ girls and boys to get pampered, and receive school supplies. Soon after I received an invitation to New York to an open discussion lead by Yandy Smith.....there I was able to meet amazing women.
I held an overnight week long boot camp and a 8 week - weekend camp providing pre teens and teenage girls the opportunity to cooking and sewing classes, etiquette 101, and daily mentoring sessions covering confidence, determination, budgeting, and how to be a positive role model. During the camp laces to bows mentees had the opportunity to have lunch with Ms.Cook, and The directors of shoe city. In April of 2017 laces to bows first annual cupcake wars took place were we gave away $1,000 Cash and a contract to cater shoe city shoe release events for the summer of 2017 to a Georgetown university student by the name of angel cheeks. Angel received a check for every release she catered.
I was able to take an exciting trip to ROC Nation headquarters to have a very impactful relationship with MR. Emory jones and soon after landed a speaking engagement alongside Roc Nations A&R Rell Carter who is also JayZ nephew, Justin Stewart the producer of fox 5, and DJ Flexx of WPGC 95.5
On behalf of the National Women’s History Month Award Show ’17 I was honored for all the great work that I do with the youth.
In October of 2017 I honored 12 women who are kicking cancers butt and that event landed me an exclusive page in the Washington informer newspaper.
April 8th we held our 2nd annual cupcake wars event.
I have a documentary titled Empower, Inspire,Evolve that is based around the journey of Laces To bows inc.
this film is now in the consideration stage to be screen at the American Black Film Festival, I was featured on Channel 8 news Goodmorning Washington segment , and I am servicing over 300 plus Girls in the dmv area with mentorship.
Ive Landed a partnership with Prince William county detention center servicing over 200 plus incarcerated youth through mentorship.
The mentees Of Laces To Bows And I have a book titled “pretty girl with purpose” Channeling 5 agreements
Taking nothing personal
Living a life of impact
This book is due to be released in November 2018.
I am choosing to save the youth.