Martini Rox: My Sister’s HouseWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The season of music and charity is in the air!
A nonprofit group for girls is the focus of the upcoming event, “One Mic For Every Girl.” The concept is derived from Cleveland’s well-known Hip-Hop event “Queens of the Iron Mic,” an event which features musically talented women from around Ohio.
“One Mic” is a female showcase that will feature women from the community with various artistic skills. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Toledo singer Yasu, Krystal-Monique, DNay (Detroit), rapper EB, poet Lethal and saxophonist Katrina Barnhill.
“One Mic for Every Girl” is June 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at ICE Restaurant and Bar, located Downtown at 405 Madison Ave., hosted by myself and my fellow Toledo Free Press Star contributor, lilD. The goal of the event is to showcase various mediums of art and musical talent contributed by women in the community while raising funds for the day-to-day operational expenses of My Sister’s House. My Sister’s House consists of a team of women dedicated to empowering young women of all ethnicities and backgrounds, ages 12-17. They are looking to use the money for activities and supplies that help further their teachings of self-esteem, self-respect, etiquette and accountability. These are just a few of the major components needed now more than ever to guide the next generation of women in Toledo and beyond.
Many of the volunteers and workers for My Sister’s House were mentored by LaDonna Knabbs, who started the program in 1999. The growing pains of transitioning from a young girl to a woman can be difficult as a memory, let alone as reality. Creating an environment where girls could learn the basics while expressing themselves came naturally to LaDonna, who considered herself to be what she calls “a borderline kid.”
She confesses to having had her own fair share of issues growing up; but because of her parents and the right mentors she found purpose in helping other young women the same way.
“I think the only way you can keep what you have is by giving it away, and that’s what I do and that’s what I’ve always done. To have a young lady say something that I’ve said or something that I have done has helped them be the young woman
that they are today … that’s rewarding!” she said.
It is a reward she has lived to witness in Heather Hagans and Leigh Wizgen, former My Sister’s House mentors and youth specialists, both of whom LaDonna once mentored.
The two have paid it forward by putting it back into My Sister’s House and according to Wizgen, “Finding a mentor in LaDonna has changed my life forever. She has helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and I will be forever grateful to her for that.”
The obvious impact of women helping women! If you are interested in becoming a part of the movement, My Sister’s House is now accepting resumes for volunteers from women of all backgrounds who specifically want to help young women. Support a good cause, donations can be sent to My Sister’s House P.O. Box 712, Maumee, OH 43537. Email MySisterHouse4Girls@gmail.com for more information.
As we continue on …