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  • Ten Years of Show Me Shoes by Intern Makayla

    Photo:  Cynthia Kittler

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    In September,  Show Me Shoes celebrated its tenth anniversary.

    Although I haven’t been with them for that same amount of time, the past four months have been great. I joined the Show Me Shoes Foundation for their drive to help young girls like me achieve their goals.

    It feels incredible to be apart of an organization who built their foundation on teaching young girls to hold their head high. It is even more amazing to see volunteers live by their standards!

    I remember when I first joined Show Me Shoes, I was confused. I didn’t know what I wanted out of life or what I enjoyed doing, but after two meetings and an exciting field trip, I became confident.

    Now I am in school,  majoring in Communications in hopes of becoming a Brand Strategist. If it weren’t for the Show Me Shoes Foundation and its volunteers, I probably would be uncertain of what I wanted to do.

    I am proud to be a part of Show Me Shoes!

    They are sure to welcome me and others for many more years to come because they embody what empowerment truly means.

    Makayla

  • Meet Makayla!

    Hey everyone!

    My name is Makayla Bass and I'm very pleased to be a part of Show M Shoes!

    I could go on and tell you the simple facts that I feel you would want to hear, but instead I'm going to go out on a limb and really give you guys a sense of who I really am.

    What better way to do that then to tell you guys how I start my day? Okay, so if I'm being completely honest, every morning with me is unpredictable, but I try to start my morning off with prayer and then some music from my favorite artists. I feel as though prayer helps me to stay humble and bring to light my gratitude and music just gets me pump for the day. Whats the point of getting pumped for the day ahead if there is nothing to look forward to?  Well, I'm glad you asked!

    I know this may seem cliche, but my greatest inspiration is the yearning I have to be joyful. (I know weird right? lol) The truth is once I completely capture the essence of joy, then I will know that I exemplify what it means to have compassion, gratitude, love, and more. Which is why the current book I am reading right now is called The Book Of Joy by Dalai Lama. I encourage everyone to read it because it is amazing. 

    Let's see..... AH! My favorite song has to be Ashton Martin music by Ric Ross ft. Drake. That song just gives me chills! It takes me back to simpler times before I was forced to grow up and gain realization of the world we live in. One last thing about me is my favorite self-care activity is getting my nails done. I love bright colors and sometimes soft ones as well, but I feel bright ones go better with my skin tone. 

    I hope you enjoyed my first post!  Stay tuned for more as I recap my experience as an intern for Show Me Shoes!

    Makayla

  • My First Prom Project Journey: More Than a Dress with so much SOLE

    My First Prom Project Journey: More Than a Dress with so much SOLE

    My First Prom Project Journey: More Than a Dress with so much SOLE

    By Nykeeshia Beasly

    Living in Kansas City, Missouri the weather is unpredicatable like.... a beautiful sunny day to a full on snow and rain mix in the middle of April unpredictable! As the snow poured down, Show Me Shoes made sure that the girls would get what they came for,  a  free day full glam, shopping experience and giveaways.  The girls showed up by the bus load (Yes, literrally a bus full of young ladies pulled up to the event!)  The atmosphere and layout of the event was very fun, colorful, organized and thanks to Transformed Barber Acadamey, very spacious. The event was sectioned off by items/services, which made flow of the event very easy.

    There were different make-up artist doing “beats” and giving tips to the girls for their big day, nail techs, a lash technician, hairstylist, henna and throughout the evet, DJ Diamond Diva made sure to play the hottest music which made the event feel like a party. The ultimate goal is to make sure no girl left empty handed.

    The intent is to never make the girls to feel like they’re some type of charity so that’s why it’s important to make the girls feels special and make sure they are having fun while “shopping”.  This year, Show Me Shoes was very fortunate enough to provide a wide selection of gently used heels for the girls to have, Prom can be very costly from the hair, dues, makeup and Show Me Shoes provided a wide selection of dresses and heels from the girls to shop from and at $0 cost to the families.

    Each year the Show Me Shoes Foundation is very fortunate enough to have so many volunteers that are interested in helping with Prom Project. Devoting their time and attention to young girls, being that big sister for those who need that role model or just simply giving that extra boost of confidence, goes a long way!

    Speaking with some of the volunteers, I found that like many of the young ladies that come out, they also struggled to afford prom leaving many to not attend and they had no resources or organizations like Show Me Shoes Foundation.  Each year the Show Me Shoes Foundation started by two black women with that thought in their minds to give back to their communities to help alleviate some of the cost for young girls attending prom, is a wonderful thing and it's no wonder they have so many people eager to help out in any way they can.

    At the end of the day as a volunteer, I realized how in that one day you not only helped a young girl find that special dress and gain confidence but you also walk away feeling great about yourself knowing you helped with that.

     

    Keisha is currently volunteering with Show Me Shoes Foundation as our Assistant and Volunteer coordinator. You can also catch her blog post and fashion deets @thatbeaslygirl on Instagram