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Queendom Come is a nonprofit female empowerment and mentoring program with an in depth training academy for teen girls known as ASCENSION SISTERHOOD ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM or ASAP. The curriculum was created with a specific intent to empower girls by glorifying the majesty of feminine expression and exquisite character as the girls are introduced to metaphysical ideas and behavioral modification principles known as the “Rules of Royalty”.
ASAP is a yearlong program designed to take girls ages 9 to 17 years through a series of womanhood rites of passage courses. These development courses or phases were created by the Queen Team, (Sadiyah Evangelista, Oshea Weaver Muhammad, Qiana Manns, Patricia Davis Muhammad, Wakiti Muhammad), to connect adolescent females with their inner power and divine purpose. ASCENSION IN SCHOOLS is an abbreviated version of the ASAP program intending to meet the same goals and objectives as the original format while integrating educational standards and benchmarks to better equip female students with the necessary 21st century life skills.
Through the assistance of Lawrence Muhammad, Community Relations Liaison of Strategic Partnerships for HISD, Queendom Come Inc. partnered with Principal Duane Clark at Evan Edward Worthing High school located in the Sunnyside area of Houston, Texas to offer the Ascension Sisterhood Advancement program to a group of thirty Ninth grade students for the 2015-2016 school years. The students whom were selected to be in the program were initially invited to an introductory meeting with their parents in December 2015. Thereafter, the Queen Team begin meeting on campus for its monthly three hour training sessions on Saturdays. However, after a few sessions the participation was so low that the Queen Team requested to have the sessions during the week, whereas an adjustment was necessary
mid-semester such that ASAP training courses were held during the week near the lunch period. There was a consensus by the Queen Team that the sacrifice from work was necessary to serve the students since more were able to attend the Ascension training during the week. Also, we observed that the girls would look forward to the Queens coming on campus, even if it meant they had to hurry to eat one bag of hot chips instead of two for lunch. The head tilted hot chip bag waterfall made for great impromptu discussion on how a Queen should take care of her castle (body).
The training for the students is always hands on, interactive and fun. The courses include the following: The Queen’s Legacy; The Queen’s Character; The Queen’s Ascension. These topics developed mind empowering techniques and tools to assist in training them in their maturity from girls to women. Thus, as the director of ASAP, Qiana Manns, goal was to teach the freshmen class about their inherent value, purpose and potential through education and mentoring. By the grace of God, Worthing High School principal has been added Ascension program to the weekly course schedule for the 2016-2017 students. We are extremely excited about the future to work with these young women to help mode them into emergent leaders within their communities as they matriculate through high school.
On July 1, 2016 Queendom Come joined with Bro. Minister Willie Muhammad and Models for Success to take the Ascension program on the road for a one day workshop in Louisiana on the campus of Dillard University. The Essence weekend turned up while the Queen Team connected a group of eighty young girls to the historical value of women from Sara Bartman to Queen Latifah. As well as encouraged the love of the sisterhood with presenters that coordinated healthy relationship bonding with group activities and serious discussions. Thus, the impact of ASAP is evident whether it be for a semester or just for one day, the program has proven to enhance the lives of girls everywhere and because we recognize the “ascension” with these young women then Queendom Come will commit to continue to serve them, even if it is just to teach one.
A. 12 Major Character Development Concepts for Worksheets & Exercises
2. Self Love
3. Self Respect-How you think of yourself?
4. Respect –How you Act?
5. Respect-How you treat Others?
7. Personal Responsibility
(For more information on Queendom Come, Inc. visit their official website @ http://myqueendomcome.org/)