On Saturday, July 30, seven women came together with one focus; empowerment. In collaboration with Heir PR, The Star Boutique hosted AssistHER, an event that created a forum of experts to share their knowledge and real-life experiences with a group of young girls who have suffered from homelessness, domestic violence and bullying.
The occasion began with a keynote introduction from Alechia Reese, Strategist & Founder of The Girl Rethought Project, who spoke about her personal passion to help those who have dealt with domestic violence, being a survivor of domestic violence herself. Following her introduction and overview, attendees were able to ask questions to panelists before Alechia dived into one of the most impactful conversations that day. Reese asked, “With connections being so instrumental in today’s society, what is the most meaningful relationships you have made to date?”
Danielle Skeen, Founder & Executive Director of The Star Boutique, answered, “the board of directors of my life,” referring to the two women she partnered with to start a non-profit charity driven pop-up shop that provides clothing, shoes, accessories, makeovers and mentorship to girls 13 to 20 who are affected by homelessness in New York City. She went on to say how women must form sisterhoods, ones that push you personally and professionally, sisters who check you when you are wrong, praise you when you deserve and comfort you in times of need.
Other panelists included: Ashley Fox, Financial Architect, Coach & Founder of Empify ; Malyia McNaughton, Model & Designer of Made by Malyia Jewelry; Tori Elizabeth & Victory Jones, Co-Founders of The Colored Girl, Inc. and Tyanna Jones, Recording Artist & American Idol Season 14 Top 5 Finalist.
Each of the ladies had individual stories to share as they have confronted the same issues these young girls do day to day. When the panel was over, Idol’s Tyanna Jones took to the couch to perform her rendition of Beyonce’s God Made You Beautiful.
Jones delivered a very soulful and vulnerable performance, leaving everyone in the room with wet eyes and warm hearts. Accompanied by former Idol contestant, Qaasim Middleton, the acoustic strings he played made her performance all the more emotional.
Reese finished up the occasion with a quotable proclamation,
“The best way to eat an elephant…is by eating one piece at a time.”
The event spoke true to the dreams and goals the young girls shared and how they to can do what it takes to achieve them. Reese reassured the girls to take things a day at a time and reminded them to take care of small tasks that lead to the larger picture in life. Each young girl left with a more positive outlook on life and the confidence to go for it.