I facetimed in with 12 year old, Ivanna late one Friday night - Her bright and bubbly personality caught my attention right away! I asked Ivanna how she likes to spend her friday evenings, and she told me she loves to sew! She sews pencil cases, and clothes for her American Girl dolls- how sweet!
(Ivanna even sewed a 24STRONG pencil case when we were searching for ambassadors !)
At 12 years old, Ivanna trains 25 hours/week in dance! (She is an incredible little dancer for sure.)
Her proudest accomplishment was performing ON STAGE with JUSTIN BIEBER, during his PURPOSE TOUR! JB had his eyes on Ivanna the entire time! Check out the video here :
2 favorite qualities about herself are that she is intelligent and generous.
The women she looks up to the most, are her mother, and her dance teachers. She said they always push her to her limits, showing her that she can achieve so much more than she originally thought.
Ivanna made an incredible acronym for 24STRONG.
Out and achieve
Her advice for other girls is to be yourself, and she wishes that all girls will support each other, and stand up for each other's rights.
Ivanna is interested in learning more about girls' rights in education, and one of her biggest dreams is to become a backup dancer for BEYONCE ! - I am very confident that she will make this happen!
You can follow along on her journey @IVIDANCER on instagram !
Being strong means : being determined to do the things that you want to do , and to help other people. Having a good outlook and surrounding yourself with other strong people.
3 FAV QUALITIES ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am Really determined, I set a goal and I dont stop until I get there.
I am bubbly.
I am spontaneous !!!
One of my biggest passions is helping people.
I went on a mission through a church to NB, through Title impact- 1500 youth and we were all doing different things at churches to involve the community more, like a massive food drive! I still think about it a lot. I like seeing other people happy- it makes me happy to see other people happy.
I just like living life. I like having fun
I was bullied really badly grade 3 until grade 8. A group of girls tried to gang up on me- they were at my dance studio and my school, so the bullying would start at 8 am, and last the entire day until 9pm.
looking back at it if I were someone else watching this happen it wouldve been so sad, because I LOVED dance, but I didnt want to do anything that involved them.
I removed myself from them, by switching classes at school, and later switching dance studios too. I think it made me realize who I am- there was a point where they tried to control who I was, they made me feel like i needed to be someone that I wasn't.
ADVICE: Be yourself. You need to be able to find yourself and then be able to express that person. Because the world needs YOU in it, to make it a better place if thats what you want to do.
Its Always better when we're together.
High school students, Natasha and Alyssa have decided to go on a mission trip to HAITI with their church. They will be heading over in February 2017- primarily to help build houses, and bring together the community once again.
They are currently acceping any donations/support that you may be able to offer. You can check out their gofundme pages, or donate to their local church if you live nearby!
"You just have to go for things. You cant put them off. If an opporunity arises you never know when you are going to get the chance again. You have to live for what you want to live for."
"FEAR is the only thing that seems to get in the way- and you can't let that stop you. Its the hardest obstacle to battle but what is the point in not trying something? If you dont try something at all, there is a guarantee of no success- if you try, you can actually succeed. "
"My favorite thing about Alyssa is her kind heart and her generosity. "
"My favorite thing about Natasha is her individuality."
These girls are taking action on their dreams, to make a positive impact in both their own lives, and the lives of others.
WHILE IN TORONTO, I MET TWO INCREDIBLE WOMEN- CASSANDRA AND ASHLEY. THESE GIRLS INVITED ME TO SIT DOWN AND CHAT ABOUT MY STORY, ADVICE, AND GOALS (BOTH PERSONALLY, AND FOR 24STRONG.) THESE GIRLS SHARE SO MUCH INSPIRING CONTENT, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO TAG ALONG ON THEIR JOUNREY.
" Dreams Inc. recognizes there is a need in the education system for self development for youth, an empowerment program inspiring them to dream big, an online community for them to believe in themselves and tools for them to achieve their dreams.
Through their social media platforms and their interactive workshops in collaboration with schools and community centres, Dreams Inc. is an outlet to help young people incorporate their dreams into their lives."
"Our mission is to inspire youth to dream big, believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. "