The Queens of Our Future program was launched at the beginning of 2017, following a discussion with Ms. Cherrilan Perryman of New York. Ms. Perryman shared her vision for the event 'Elegance Meets Royalty' and through constant contact and lengthy discussions, the Queens of Our Future program was launched. Over the next few months, the pilot program was developed and launched, working with young ladies chosen based on personal knowledge by those involved in the program's execution. In the end, ten young ladies were chosen to complete the program.
On August 6th, 2017, the ladies logged on to the first virtual session hosted by Evangelist Christine Nicholls, author of the book "I Found The Worth In Me", the second session was hosted by volunteers of the Ammar Empowerment Network entitled "I Am Worth It!" Over the next two weeks, the ladies were treated to sessions by Mrs. Alison Biscette-Glasgow, Melinda Belle and Zhané Padmore on entrepreneurship. They were also taught on leadership by Ms. Alison Holder of TenStep East Caribbean Ltd. along with sessions on public speaking and etiquette.
During this time, the young ladies were involved in fundraising activities at Sky Mall and in Bridgetown, where they worked together to reach the target needed to execute the program at its maximum potential. By the end of this initial phase, the young ladies were all embracing a new challenge, for all of them, speaking openly in public was a new challenge for them and parents and guardians commented on how much they'd seen the growth in these young ladies.
On the 26th of August, 2017, the ladies journeyed to the Golden Grove Great House, where they spent the day relaxing and lounging by the pool, as they prepared for the night ahead. During the afternoon, the ladies were treated to an exquisite makeup experience sponsored by The Queen Bay Beauty and Girls Night Out International. They were then all clothed in their elegant attire and prepared to enter the evening prepared specially for them.
Joined by friends, family and supporters, the ladies went through the evening where they enjoyed an exquisite meal by the Golden Grove team and were serenaded by none other than Mr. Jaicko Lawrence himself as he was accompained by Mr. Xavier John-Clair. The ladies then took hold of the opportunity to snap as many photos as possible with them as we prepared to make the presentations.
At the end of the evening, each young lady was presented with a special gift consisting of a gift item from one of our sponsors, a necklace from Cultured by Zhané, and a bag of goodies prepared specially by Ms. Cherrilan Perryman. They were also given a certificate of completion and a tiara, as they were presented as the Queens of Our Future.
A special Thank You must be said to our sponsors:
- Simpson Motors
- Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union
- Golden Grove Great House
- Atlantic Computers
- The Queen Bay Beauty
- Girls Night Out International
- TenStep East Caribbean Ltd.
- Express Bikini
- Pastor Linda Jones
- NLG Griff Audio
- Cooke's Finest
- Sky Mall
- DreamWare Apparel
- Atlantis Submarines
- Harrison's Cave
- The Loft Spa
- Andromeda Gardens
- Cultured By Zhané
- Fashion Closet
- Elegant Hotels
- Diamonds International
- Kromium Digital
The kind contribution of all those listed above assisted in making this program and event a huge success!