"Each of the women recognized had an amazing story and journey that led them to the work that they are doing here in Milwaukee. Which was so inspiring. And each of them when they accepted their awards offered a word of encouragement and some even shed tears when they shared their testimonies with the audience.
What impressed me so much about this event was its sincerity. It was clear to me that this event was birthed from someone’s heart and sincere desire to uplift girls and women. I was also impressed with the fact that their sponsors were small local businesses and individuals who contributed to make sure the event costs were covered. The venue and decorations were beautiful along with all the guests. To read her full article click here.
MPS SOCIAL WORKER
"My Sista's KeepHer (MSK) workshop proved to be a transformative experience
for the middle school young ladies of 81st Street School. The messages given, so eloquently, delivered
in spoken word and conversation, supported all of the interventions that I was conducting in the PBIS tiers. Through spoken word, journaling and Circle time, the participants heard and accepted into their hearts, that their Truths may be difficult and hard to accept but by sharing and honoring them, they can bask in the support of their Sisters as they work to heal, learn to survive and thrive. The MSK experience impacted us all and may prove to be a life changing event for the students. At the school level, the impacts immediate as the bonds created and the support for one another overtook the drama and conflict that previously dominated. I highly recommend the MSK experience for young women. Actually, I recommend it for all!"
Cathleen Pollock, MSW School Social Worker MPS & UWM Graduate Field Liaison
This invaluable organization is an essential part of the Milwaukee
community and the larger community of individuals concerned with the psychological and emotional well being of young girls. This organization offers a unique approach to increasing the self esteem of young girls and women throughout the community. Having had the opportunity to work closely with these talented and inspirational women during the planning and implementation of the UW-Milwaukee My Sista’s KeepHer: Girls Empowerment Summit, we had the chance to witness firsthand not only the unique use of self expression and writing to deal with challenging issues and experiences, but the passion these ladies have for girls empowerment and healing. Throughout the workshops, Tina, Shelly, and their My Sista’s KeepHer Team quickly connected with the 100+ middle school and high school girls in attendance and assisted them to work through—or write through—a myriad of challenging experiences, emotions, and truths. What many deem to be a difficult and challenging task was done effortlessly by these ladies. Candidly, reading the evaluations submitted by the girls is, to us, the greatest testimony
to the amazing work My Sista’s KeepHer is doing in the community.
My level of appreciation is through the roof. I want to give a special shout out to Kashunda Brown for being there for me when nobody else would. I can't put into words how I feel so I'll just say YOU DID THAT Kashunda, Tina & Shelly! All 3 of these beautiful women deserve the world and more. Ya'll probably don't know how much ya'll helped me out and how much of an impact ya'll have on my life. I'm sorry, I have a big headache but I just wanted to end my night thanking ya'll!-Lanikqua
REGARDING OUR CELEBRITY POETRY SLAM FUNDRAISER-
"To say the least....it's LIBERATING. It was a way to make an abstract painting....with WORDS. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most of all....you'll heal and heal others"~Adi Amour 1st place winner
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ATTENDEE
"I was totally blown away Thursday night at My Sista's KeepHer workshop. I am praising God that Shelly and Tina are working together in this ministry. And trust me, IT IS A MINISTRY. The rawness of emotions shared, and the depth of Love and support shown, was overwhelmingly phenomenal! I needed to see this on so many levels.~Evangelist Banks
ANITRA RILEY-2019 F.I.R.E. AWARD ATTENDEE
The work you all do to restore women & girls while also celebrating women & girls is amazing!! -- Its not always trauma. You all changed my nieces life by celebrating her WIN, her SHINE, her TALENT, at your F.I.R.E. Awards! You brought out all of her closest peers in red carpet fashion!!
The kids still talk about that day!! Several of them started businesses of their own to strengthen and display their talents!! I love it!! You redirected them to POSITIVE PEER PRESSURE!! AND THAT'S SUUUUPER COOL!!!
... And we was ca-uuuuuute!!!