Learning to Accept and Develop You
Dorothy Riley Chapter #189 (DR#189) created Learning to Accept and Develop You (L.A.D.Y.) Mentoring Program the spring of 2010. This program, a long time vision of Worthy Matron, Tanya Bridgewater was developed to give one on one mentoring and developmental activities to young women in need of additional guidance and support. L.A.D.Y. is a community service project of DR #189; all members of the chapter take a role in the implementation, oversight and ongoing development of the program.
Learning to Accept and Develop You (L.A.D.Y.) Mentoring Program provides mentoring to young women ages 5 - 18 by offering developmental activities and skill building.
The purpose of L.A.D.Y. is to provide young ladies ages 5-17 with a supportive environment that assists in their personal, social, and academic growth and development. The participants are nurtured through On- on-One Mentoring, Learning Sessions and Pro-social Activities that reinforce character building.
To promote educational, career and self-development; focused on (5) principles: obedience, friendship, purity, faith, and love, taken from Order of the Eastern Star heroines; Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa.
Obedience – Teaches us to comply with and submit to authority and consistency and commitment in all endeavors.
Friendship – Teaches the value of friendly relations, harmony, and loyalty and how to create valuable bonds with people.
Purity- Teaches freedom from “anything” that debases, contaminates, or pollutes us. Purity also enables one to be free from guilt and evil.
Faith- Teaches confidence and trust in a person or thing and having a belief so strong proof is not needed.
2019 Calendar of Activities
4th Saturdays at 12 - 2 p.m.
December 19th -TBD
Zaria - 2019
Shakenya - 2019
Bianca - 2016
Imani - 2015
L.A.D.Y. ACHIEVER 2018
Sha'Kenya has been a mentee of L.A.D.Y. for over 8 years. She is currently the Vice President of Youth Move Detroit. She was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority for always being the first to volunteer and assist. Along with her work with Youth Move, Sha'Kenya is a Senior in high school and actively participates in 4 different sports while maintaining a high GPA.
While unsure what college Sha'Kenya wants to attend, she aspires to be a Manufacturing Engineer and a Surgeon. When asked what inspires you? She replied "I don't really have an inspiration. I kind of just do what I have to do and give it my all and never forget where I came from or who I am."