Comfortable in Your Own Skin (C.I.Y.O.S.) Empowerment Conference for Women and Girls
C.I.Y.O.S. unites women and girls to a full day of seminars focused on building their confidence and self-esteem. The conference objectives directly impact these societal images that may negatively impact women and girls’ body image, sexual decisions and educational choices. The conference also improves the quality of life by assisting in the leadership training, personal and professional development of conference attendees. The perennial challenge for many women is being “comfortable in their own skin”. For many women this issue begins in childhood and continues throughout adolescence, young adult and adult years. Often women compare themselves to other women, allowing media to define them, and discount their own uniqueness. Without proper guidance, tools and inspiration, women can use these influences to define who they are and develop an unhealthy sense of self. The target population for the CIYOS Conference is women and girls who represent various socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. These women and girls represent middle school, high school and college students; young adult and adult women. MSK Foundation also partners with area school counselors, churches, youth leadership programs and sororities to identify women and girls who would benefit from the conference. Beyond the CIYOS Conference, MSK Foundation seeks to foster relationships with community partners in providing mentorship and coaching support.
C.H.O.A. Mother's Day Dinner
My Sister’s Keeper Foundation’s work in the community extends to the annual Mother’s Day Dinner at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egelston Hospital. Honoring the memory of Raven C. Johnson who was a patient of CHOA until her passing in 2009. This event began as an outreach to Raven’s mother, Yolonda G. Johnson who had been sitting by her daughter’s bedside for several days to include Mother’s Day 2008. MSK sponsored dinner for Yolonda, other mothers whose children were hospitalized, and the entire Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Staff. Since 2008 the MSK’s team of volunteers give of their time and resources to serve at the CHOA Mother’s Day Dinner bringing a ray of hope and joy to mothers and families of these special children who are patients of Children’s Health Care of Atlanta-Egelston Hospital.
Women of Excellence Award AND BENEFIT LUNCHEON
Women of Excellence Award and Benefit Luncheon is designed to recognize outstanding women for their leadership in business, civic, community, education, ministry, science and related professional fields. The graduates of the MSK Leadership and Life Coaching Program are honored and pinned as the newest Focus Group to graduate the program with family, friends celebrating their success at this exquisite affair. The Women of Excellence Awards & Benefit Luncheon also serves as the annual fundraising event for MSK Foundation, creating awareness of the organization, its life changing program, and opportunities to give and partner with MSK in empowering women and girls. Since its inception, the Women of Excellence Awards & Benefit Luncheon has impacted over 500 women, graduated 75 women from the Leadership and Life Coaching Program, awarded $25,000 women in financial scholarships for college and professional certification programs through the Margaret G. Baker Second Chance Award and assisted single mothers with vouchers toward fees related to extra-curricular, academic, athletic and fine arts programs for their children through the Single Mother’s Resource Exchanges and Benefit Luncheon.