MLK DAY 2023: Herstory is History
Herstory is History
"We are our ancestors' wildest dreams come true!"
Epic Elevation Presents: The D.R.E.A.M Initiative
TDI was founded by Ms. Ashley Logan
Bridgeton, NJ Native & Bridgeton Public Schools employee.
Since 2019, I have founded two mentorship programs for Bridgeton Public Schools focusing on the personal development and empowerment of young ladies in grades 5-8.
In May 2022, TDI was launched in the community where I was raised - The Southside of Bridgeton. This was intentional - a demonstration of ‘Sankofa’ & undying love and commitment to ‘Lift as we climb’ #commUNITY
MLK DAY National Day of Service 2023
“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The mentees of The D.R.E.A.M Initiative commit to serve in a number of ways; Our first service project of 2023 was in partnership with St.Phillip’s Missionary Baptist Church.
The D.R.E.A.M Team decided to visit a local neighborhood to welcome all to our MLK National Day of Service Event; There was an open invitation promoted on Facebook as well. Dreamers created and distributed “Blessing Bags” while hosting a soup kitchen for the community; Mentees served however Rev. Jauzell Dozier and congregation donated and prepared the meal: Chicken Noodle Soup, Chili and biscuits - Homemade | From Scratch. The prep area was transformed into a cooking workshop and the girls were able to participate in a hands-on demonstration. That’s a perk of Rev. Dozier being a culinary artist | Chef de Cuisine and true Servant Leader!
TDI mentees have participated in the following service projects:
Bridgeton, NJ - MLK National Day of Service
Vineland, NJ - Unity Day | Back To School Drive
Vineland, NJ - Artistic Activism Project for the Homeless
Glassboro, NJ - Holiday Cheer Project for Homeless Shelter
Through my program, each mentee is a member of Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey ; The Girl Scouts Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The commitment to personal growth, achievement and service by my mentees is beautiful to witness. As each young lady paves her way to the greatest version of herself, she will take up space and leave her mark in this world undoubtedly! I am most proud of my dreamers; I dedicate this Women's History Month highlight to those young queens. I am honored to assist them on their journeys. #LetsMakeHerstory
Thank you to those who have supported the program in any way!
“TDI’s Soup Kitchen” | We hope that those we served enjoyed the meal, Blessing Bags and time shared. We were honored to host The Honorable Mayor Albert Kelly; After dining with The D.R.E.A.M Team, he shared words of encouragement and wisdom to all in attendance. The event was fun, action packed and in service of #CommUNITY. #EpicIndeed Sincere gratitude for the leadership and support of Reverend Jauzell Dozier | Congregation and The Honorable Mayor Albert Kelly | Associates in The Great City of Bridgeton, NJ.
Here are a few pictures from MLK National Day of Service 2023: