At Morton School of Excellence, we had the opportunity to work with 24 powerful and admiring young students. From the moment they walked into the room, they were very excited to begin the workshop! Before beginning the activities, the students introduced themselves by saying their name, followed by a word that best described their character. Many students described themselves as loving, helpful and funny individuals, which was very apparent throughout the workshop! As we continued our activities, we saw the girls beginning to further understand the concept of self-esteem. The students were smiling, laughing and working together as a team to achieve a better understanding of self-expression vs. self-objectification and reclaiming their own personal style. With the help of their volunteer stylists, the students were able to grasp the concepts more thoroughly and apply them to the final game - " Shopping Show Down."
We had a great group of volunteers who came out to visit the students at Morton School of Excellence. The ladies from Jo Chicago, along with Alex Brown from Heidrick & Struggles, and Debbie Khan from Style by Deco worked independently with the students and guided them through self-esteem exercises and fashion styling activities.
We want to thank all of the volunteers for their continued support and dedication to helping and empowering Chicago's youth. Your work never goes unnoticed!