This month, we had the privilege of launching our new interactive website (mythprogram.com). The development of the website has allowed members to stay up-to-date on upcoming events with the organization. Furthermore, the website provides information on how to get involved with MYTH as a mentor or volunteer.
In this same month, MYTH hosted a mixer for new and existing mentors to engage with one another and to learn about the expectations and policies of the organization as it pertains to mentoring and volunteering with MYTH. This allowed us to move on to open applications for new mentors and volunteers opened in early January for spring intake.
In February, we hosted a fundraising event at the Chipotle restaurant on Georgia Avenue in order to raise money for organization expenses. The funds that we had acquired through this event allowed us to sponsor events such as our Heart to Heart Service Event, which connected mentors and mentees from the Wheatley Educational Campus. Together, they created Valentine’s Day cards and delivered them to the elderly community in the LeDroit apartments.
In addition to our service activity with the Wheatley Educational Campus, mentees from Washington Metropolitan High School joined campus ambassadors on a tour around Howard’s campus to learn about the history of the illustrious HBCU and gained exposure to the opportunities that await them in higher education.
In March, we reached the benchmark of having a total of 100 participants, the majority of whom are MYTH mentors that had all been trained in this course.
We also had the opportunity to sponsor Henry’s Going to an HBCU book reading, where Howard author, Kyle McMurtry, partnered with MYTH for a book reading at the Walker-Jones Education Campus. In this event, students had the opportunity to learn about the presence of HBCUs and their significance in higher education.
Additionally, MYTH hosted an interesting meeting for prospective mentors and volunteers for the fall semester.
We began the month of April, by opening up applications for new mentors and volunteers for the fall semester. We then hosted a social media call-to-action for participation in MYTH’s World Health Day Event. MYTH collaborated with various groups on campus to garner attention to this event including HU Swimming, HU Softball, HU Lacrosse, HU Women’s Soccer, HU Football, and Royal Court.
Later this month, MYTH hosted a dorm talk at West Towers to discuss healthy mental health practices during finals season.
To finish off our events for April, MYTH partnered with Howard’s IVPP office to participate in Denim Day. Members wore denim to show solidarity with sexual assault survivors.
Applications opened for fall volunteer opportunities
To begin our 2019-2020 MYTH session, we hosted an open discussion amongst members of the program to discuss expectations/concerns with the upcoming mentoring/volunteering term.
In this same month, our Howard chapter had the opportunity to plant and landscape with the Halo garden during Howard's Day of Service.
Following this service project, MYTH hosted a social media campaign to teach about the importance of mentorship, self-care, mental health practices, and more.
In September, we hosted a mixer for new and existing mentors to engage with one another and to learn
about expectations/policies as it pertains to mentoring and volunteering with MYTH. We also hosted our biannual YMHFA course. Following this project, we held a fundraiser for Hurricane Dorian Relief in partnership with iPals in effort to provide assistance to those that had been affected by Hurricane Dorian.
October came with a multitude of MYTH events. For starters, our members handed out positive affirmations to students at Howard Middle School. Following this event, we collaborated with Tropical Riddimz to host a dance night in order to promote physical health. We then partnered with IVPP office to teach about healthy self-care practices.
To conclude this month, our Howard Chapter worked hard to improve the environment by hosting a Campus Clean-Up and worked with the HU Halo Garden to landscape and clean their land.
In January, MYTH was eager to welcome over 200 certified members to our organization!
We kicked off the year with a service project dedicated to high school students. At this time, we had recently implemented a new site where mentors could volunteer weekly as tutors at the local YMCA and give additional support in preparation for their SAT exams.
In February, MYTH helped spread the love to the elderly community of DC by creating and handing out Valentine’s Day cards to senior citizens at the Hayes Senior Wellness Center & Ledriot Apartments. The residents enjoyed the cards and thanked MYTH for the compassion and selflessness that was displayed during this event.
This month, MYTH partnered with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated as they hosted a Mind Over Matter Panel in which a MYTH representative assisted in speaking on various mental health issues that affect the black community. In this same month, we also helped to celebrate Arlington’s rich African-American heritage at the Feel the Heritage festival by volunteering to set up tables, chairs, and decor in addition to distributing snacks and t-shirts.
This month, MYTH welcomed new members onto the E-Board for the non-profit including a Financial Secretary, School Director, Administrative Assistant, a Grant Writer, and new school liaisons!
MYTH expanded to form the MYTH Howard Chapter in the beginning of July! Additionally, the M.Y. Virtual Summer Camp for MYTH mentor and mentees. This included a series of seminars and games that occurred over the month of July.
In August, we extended applications for mentors and mentees for the Fall 2020 semester, in addition to adding ambassadors to the MYTH Staff.
This new virtual platform brought many new opportunities for the organization. In September, the non-Profit collaborated with Howard University's Student Association in a virtual game night in effort to bridge the gap between our organization and the Student Disabilities and Campus Health Department. At the end of the month, we began MYTH Week, where we hosted a series of challenges and discussions for our followers to interact with. One of which was a mental health discussion on Instagram Live, which pooled in a lot of new viewers!
This month, MYTH launched our first edition of MY Virtual Adventures, illustrated by Howard student, Cody Smith. Additionally, we launched a series called Child Health Month, where each week, we posted videos of encouragement to our viewers from members of the MYTH non-profit staff. This also lead to a collaboration with Gabrielle Clarke and her organization, Bully Proof Kids for Blue Shirt Day. To wrap up Child Health Month, we featured videos from influencers Brandon Allen, Kahlil Greene, Claire Yu, and Marcus Alston for what we called KidsCare WeekOn the last week of October, MYTH's Programming team held a few events for Greek Week, which allowed people to learn more about greek life and community service as minorities.
To close out the year, our non-profit created a video to provide our viewers with guidance for navigating the holidays during the pandemic. Additionally, we hosted a joint event with 2Ways2Give, to spread the word about their winter initiative.