Please help us congratulate our very own LBAMS CHW Mentor LaTrese VanBuren-Thompson. The MNCHWA has selected her as the July 2019 CHW to Spotlight for her fantastic community work.
Balance is Essential to Growth!
Mentees and Mentors Are You Balanced?
Certain areas in our life are essential for every human being. These leading mind, body, spirit, social relationships, emotions, finances and belongings, and career. Depending on your degree of what's important can differ, but if you can have a particular focus in all areas, you can achieve a lifestyle that represents a healthy balance.
Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation."
“ My strength to keep hope alive gave someone the courage to hope today.” - - L.D. Black
Inspiration Blog by, Mentor Vonyee Howard
Today I had the pleasure of meeting my mentee Shanika, at the LBAMS Meet & Greet! I’m honored to be a mentor, and I can’t thank LaTanya enough for having the insight to create such a thoughtful and much-needed program.
Shanika and I had a chance to talk about her aspiration to become a CHW, as well as her professional and personal goals related to the completion of the SAOIC CHW and LBAMS programs.
I can already see that Shanika possesses strength, passion and leadership qualities; critical qualities of a CHW. I’m excited to see her evolve from a student to CHW professional. She will do well!
Today I introduced the LBAMS program to Summit Academy OIC students, and in sharing my personal and CHW journey, I became a bit choked up as I talked about the hurdles I endured and had overcame since graduating from Summit's CHW program seven years prior.
After I was finished speaking there was a young woman who approached me while I was standing in the hall area and thanked me for coming to talk to her class, as she spoke her eyes welled up. She removed her glasses, apologized for crying and told me that in my sharing I gave her “HOPE.”
It was at that very moment I completely understood my purpose was in my passion, and that my responsibility to the recipients of the LBAMS program runs deep. That brief but inspiring conversation touched me and validated that I must always stand in my unapologetic truth!