Our Board of Directors spent a morning in April at Cobalt & Clay for our PLUS ME Spring Board Retreat. Board Member, Lilian Miller, facilitated "Board Members Make The Best Fundraisers" and shared her development expertise with our team. We also discussed ways to further engage as board members and finalized our plans for our 5th Annual Silent Auction Benefit. At the end of our agenda, we played with clay and created our own masterpieces.
Our PLUS ME Champions got together to celebrate our Motivational March success and strategize for our 2018 - 2019 year. We enjoyed lunch at The Standard and finished our day at our Cross Campus Downtown LA office space.
Our Executive Director, Richard Reyes, was selected as a semi-finalist for Social Venture Partners LA's Fast Pitch 2018 competition. From January - March, he worked on creating and delivering a 3-minute pitch that centered around PLUS ME's impact and innovation. SVPLA partnered him with two coaches, Joan Herman and Evelin Montes, to support Richard throughout the 3 month process. Below is a video to the final pitch that was delivered in March at Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
PLUS ME Champion, Bethanee Epifani, has brought her voice and story to thousands of students over the past year. Through our Leaders PLUS ME program, Bethanee has also had the opportunity to facilitate our leadership workshops. During one of our sessions, we introduce students to a goal setting formula and help them set their own academic and life goals. Each time Bethanee facilitates this particular session, she shares with the students a real life example of a goal she set and met. One of her life goals was to write a book and a few years ago she published her first one, "My Quarter Of A Century Life Lessons".
In February and March, Bethanee had the chance to work with a cohort of students from Will Rogers High School under the Project STEPS GEAR UP grant. She visited Mrs. Mikhail's class for 6 weeks and built a strong connection with the students and teacher. When she delivered the session on goal setting, she brought her book to show the students her accomplished work. The students and teacher were so inspired by it, they asked Project STEPS to fund a classroom set of Bethanee's book for the students to read and learn from.
Mrs. Mikhail emailed us saying, "Thank you so much! We are very blessed to have met you all and I am super excited to include her book in next semester's syllabus for Psychology. The students will learn from a young writer and benefit from everything she's gone through. It's so cool that they've already met her. Maybe they too can see themselves as accomplished authors."
We are honored to have Bethanee on our team and are lucky to have great partners that invest in their students and our team!