Seventh Annual Tea & Ties Mentoring Evening

The young men split into groups to work as a team putting together playing cards that have been cut into pieces. This icebreaker had these young men communicating non-verbally to reach their goal.
The young men split into groups to work as a team putting together playing cards that have been cut into pieces. This icebreaker had these young men communicating non-verbally to reach their goal.
The young gentlemen learned the value of transformation and shared with one another after hearing from volunteers and keynote speakers about handling change and navigating through life in a successful way.
The young gentlemen learned the value of transformation and shared with one another after hearing from volunteers and keynote speakers about handling change and navigating through life in a successful way.
Young ladies learned about and utilized table manner skills to prepare them for the upcoming brunch at Oheka Castle in February.
Young ladies learned about and utilized table manner skills to prepare them for the upcoming brunch at Oheka Castle in February.
Keynote speakers asked the young ladies to participate in an activity to promote awareness and being mindful of each other.
Keynote speakers asked the young ladies to participate in an activity to promote awareness and being mindful of each other.
Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan with LUNA Reflections shared their mantra with our Project Excel Ladies about always doing their best.
Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan with LUNA Reflections shared their mantra with our Project Excel Ladies about always doing their best.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from MALIK Fraternity, sets these young men up as they readily learn the skill of tying their own ties.
Mr. Bedel Saget, from MALIK Fraternity, sets these young men up as they readily learn the skill of tying their own ties.

On Friday, January 11th, our Project Excel team hosted the annual “Tea and Ties” program at Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center.  This is the seventh year Mr. David Perkins and Project Excel have hosted this event, providing students with an evening of mentoring from dedicated graduates and adults from the local communities.

Through the partnership with the Malik Fraternity Inc. and Hofstra’s NOAH Program, our young men listened to inspirational stories of character, transformation, and participated in wise-decision making exercises and team building skills. These young men practiced non-verbal communication in an icebreaker exercise that set the tone to work as teams for the evening. The activities for the gentlemen also included a lesson in professional dress, which involved an important tutorial on the appropriate method for tying a tie, which was greatly appreciated by our young men.

The young ladies enjoyed an equally impressive program. Keynote speaker Cynthia Quinlan, daughter Alexandra Leftridge, and Natasha Vaughn from LUNA Reflections, Inc. presented an informative workshop designed to have girls develop positive self-images. Our young ladies participated in discussions on being authentic and present while participating in learning activities that allowed these young ladies to put those skills into action.

We would like to commend our Project Excel on helping to ensure the evening was such a success, with a special thank you from Mr. David Perkins who is “proud to see how we’ve evolved as a true dream team of coordinators:” coordinators Ian Denson (BW), Maria Colon (MW), Shaka Williams (SW), Jen DeNoble (SMS) and Mark Grancini (WW). And of course, Bidania Criscuolo for her excellent work with Project Excel.

A special thanks to our partners from LUNA Reflections, Inc., Malik Fraternity, Food Plaza, Entenmann’s, and Brio for making the evening extra special. Special thanks to our Project Excel coordinators Sarah Friedman, Omari Harper, Martine MacDonald, and Anissa Rasdall, as well as our mentors Alex Baez, Laura Certa, Jackson Hoppey, Dawn Littles, Josh McDowell, Stephanie Muller, Christine Powers, Rebecca Smith, and Dominique Zummo.

 

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