Hope for the Future

Sometimes I get saddened by the headlines I see.  I’m particularly saddened by what I hear and read about our young people.  If you listened to the news reports you’d believe that they are all murdering each other, dropping out of school, giving birth to children that they can’t afford to feed, abandoning children that they can’t afford to feed and about a million other pitiful things.

I was honored to be a speaker for Tau Nu's "The Apprentice."

I was honored to be a speaker for the Tau Nu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s “The Apprentice” at The College of The Bahamas.

Don’t get me wrong.  These things are happening.  They are happening at an alarming rate.  But there are amazing things happening too.  Young people are quietly doing things that give us hope for the future.

The Tau Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is an organization full of young women who give me a reason to hope.  The chapter of the sorority is brand new and was established earlier this year.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization founded by women of African descent, and is known world-wide for providing “service to all mankind.”

As a member of the organization, I was thrilled to see an undergraduate chapter established locally here in The Bahamas.  But I was also worried.  I wondered if the young ladies of today would honor the time-honored tradition of making the community better.  One look at their social media page just a few months after they were chartered told me that I had nothing to worry about.  Through Facebook, I could see that these young ladies were doing great things on campus and in the wider community.

I was thrilled and honored when they allowed me to join them as a speaker for a program they provided to the community.  The program called “The Apprentice” focused on educating future entrepreneurs on the ups and downs of business.  It was my pleasure to share just a few business tips that I’ve gleaned from my freelance writing business.  Then Debbie Bartlett, a Bahamian media mogul, shared valuable pointers.

The event was well-organized and well-attended.  And I was impressed with the questions from the students.  Tau Nu did an amazing job of providing a needed service for their peers.

Less than two hours with these young ladies gave me what I need to combat the unending headlines.  Hope for the future!

What gives you hope for the future?

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Woman On The Move: Darcy Moss

This month’s “Woman On The Move” is someone that I truly admire.  Many of us make a difference in the business world or support the community, but Darcy Moss is making a big impact in both arenas.  Read on to learn more about this inspiring woman in her own words.

What makes you a “Woman On The Move”?  As a Marketing Manager living in the United States, I decided to quit my job and start designing jewelry, which I currently still do. Jewelry items can be found in a few stores locally here in Nassau, Bahamas or on our Darcy Antonia Jewelry & Accessories Facebook page.  In 2009, I began mentoring primary school children through a local church and saw that many of the kids were having a hard time keeping up academically in school.  From this the KPACE Afterschool Program was birthed!   We began our service to the children on March 15, 2010 and to date offer a full slate of programs, activities and projects.

In my opinion, I’m a woman on the move because I’m in constant motion.  Whether it is communicating with my clients, organizing events, fulfilling orders, planning activities, scheduling meetings, doing training or volunteering in varies areas — I’m always on the go.

What is your biggest challenge?  My biggest challenge is saying “no” and because I struggle in this area I also struggle with time management.  I thrive under pressure, but living on an island where everything is “laid back” doesn’t really help my time management challenges either!

How do you find balance?  Balance?  What is that?  Okay so I’m still trying to understand what that word truly means.   When I’m in full swing of a project, I have tunnel vision.  My focus is on the project…I eat little, sleep little and I make a mental note that when the project is done I’ll relax.  Unfortunately, after that there’s usually something else to work towards!

How do you get inspired?  In jewelry design I’m inspired by nature in all its glory and color.  I’m a color hog and love to mix colors to create new colors.  The little faces that light up with expectation when the volunteers and I arrive daily at the KPACE program inspire me.  It motivates me to keep going even on the worst days when fatigue sets in.

To support Darcy Moss with her efforts at KPACE Afterschool Program or to buy fabulous Darcy Antonia Jewelry visit their Facebook  pages.

If you know an inspiring “Woman On The Move,” email me at ydarville@yahoo.com.