Seven students from AU’s Drop Back In program in Orlando had a unique opportunity in early March when they attended the Love Yourself First conference and retreat that included National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day activities.There were also workshops on self-esteem and dating; HIV and STI prevention; and beauty and female hygiene
DBI attendees (see photo, from left) were Sallinia Collins, Nakesha Williams, La Paige Stokes, Weperia Williams, and Chastity Garden with Charmaine Blue, AU’s executive director for grants and accountability, who arranged for the young women to attend this event. Not pictured but attending were Tynisha Whitfield and Ashley Hall.
Here are excerpts from their letters of appreciation to professors at Florida A&M University, School of Law; AU staff; and sponsor The National Council of Negro Women — Greater Orlando Chapter: “We are writing to thank you … for giving us the opportunity to attend the “Love Yourself First Conference-Retreat.” It was a wonderful experience and we want to share with you some of the ways it impacted and influenced our lives.
“On Friday, we attended the workshops. Some of the information we already knew but it gave us even more knowledge. We definitely would like to attend other events that they have.
“On Saturday, we attended a Conference/Luncheon with guest speakers. Wow, all we can say is we have never experienced something so amazing. We appreciated the speakers sharing their lives and how HIV/AIDS impacted them and the ones they love. Their stories really opened our eyes and helped us to understand how the things we do and decisions we make impact us and others around us.
“Thank you for everything. We are thankful to have someone like yourself that cared about us, wanted us to learn something new and be involved in something special. We will never forget what you’ve done for us and we promise to help someone else along the way too.”This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.