Monday Motivation: Virtue – Girl With A Purpose

virtuelogoVirtue- Girl With A Purpose is changing Princesses into Queens. This non-profit organization has its focus on youth mentoring as it is their mission to encourage young ladies to become leaders of their community by targeting refinement, self-respect, and unity.

The organization makes it their business to help young women within the Metro Detroit area to make decisions to become great community and business leaders.

“We encourage our girls that anything is achievable despite what the media says as long as they are dedicated to fulfilling the goal,” says Lauren Gillon, Founder of Virtue- Girl with a Purpose.

laurenLauren Gillon, senior at Ferris State University, created this organization with the hopes of changing the lives of many young women. The Detroit native is currently studying to become a Medical Director with hopes of changing and creating health care policies. With Lauren’s burning passion for making a difference, the organization values success, etiquette, leadership, and sisterhood.

The organization is known for facilitating events such as community health workshops, conferences, sisterly group outings, soup kitchen and food bank outings, and their well-attended Virtue Summer Camp.

The group’s mentors consist of hand-selected women from some of the top universities and colleges throughout Michigan. All mentee’s are young women ranging between the ages of 10 and 14 years-old.

Within the next five, the organization plans to expand their efforts throughout other cities within Michigan promising to guide, mentor, and further society’s newest young Queen’s.

To become a mentor, all interested applicants will just need to submit an application and undergo an interview. For all interested mentee’s, all applicants must range between the ages of 10 and 14 years-old, be Metro Detroit Residents, and submit an application.

For more information about Virtue-Girls With A Purpose, click here to visit their website.

As always… Be Honest. Be Humble. Be YOU!



Rising In Detroit ELDORADO Style

[Credit: I Am Young Detroit | Erin Gavle]
[Credit: I Am Young Detroit | Erin Gavle]
By: Sydney B.

Think back to when you were a kid, and you adored finding some of the world’s most interesting treasures. Did your initial thought cause you to smile inside as you thought about how excited you used to get after finding new trinkets?

Eldorado General Store, located in Corktown Detroit, embodies a combined love for travel and a knack for treasure hunting. Its home to some of the most original assortment of vintage knick-knacks from across the nation. Founder Erin Gavle, originally from Detroit, left her executive lifestyle in New York City to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams here in her hometown. After leaving her job as an advertising executive, she began to realize that her level of success is not defined by wealth but rather happiness.

“I began to realize that my expertise is in treasure hunting, or as I’ve labeled it “trinketeering”,” says Erin Gavle tells I Am Young Detroit as she reflects on starting out as a new business owner.

[Credit: Chris and Michelle Gerard | Detroit Curbed]
[Credit: Chris and Michelle Gerard | Detroit Curbed]
Eldorado General Store carry’s handcrafted items made by Detroit artist such as organic lip balms, soy candles, handmade jewelry, fragrances and much more. From vintage clothing for men and women to gathered talisman, guest can also find one of a kind items that Gavle traveled to find.

“It represents the perception of wealth and the struggle for creativity. Growing up in Metro Detroit, I’ve always had a love affair with the city. To me, it has always possessed this intriguing sense of wonderment, beauty, and magic. Detroit is the lost city of gold. And it’s my Eldorado,” Gavel says.

In addition to spreading the word about her general store, Gavel also makes it a point to encourage new entrepreneurs to chase their goals and reach their measured level of success.

“Becoming an entrepreneur is an investment in yourself. The sooner you start living like you are broke the better. If you want something bad enough, you start prioritizing being your own boss. Take calculated risk!” says Gavel.

Remember, success is only an arm’s reach away and failure is simply a mere opportunity for success. If you would like more information about the Eldorado General Store click here.

Carve Your Success; Happy Birthday Sydney B.| EP.1|Season 1

Happy Birthday Sydney B.

Life is a gift offering us the opportunity, privilege, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more than what we were yesterday.

This week on The Social B. show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Todd, founder of Big Sister Mentors of Metro Detroit and the creative director of Clique.

Between inspiring women to become queens and encouraging young people to form a unique crew of their own, Christina shares her success story and what she has in store for 2015!

Check out the interview and tell us what you think! Always remember… Be Honest. Be Humble. Be YOU.