Jamaican Immigrant I Am, Resilience is my Name

‘Immigrant’ is becoming a dirty word. The word conjures either images of lazy outsiders who seek to use up the resources of hardworking Americans or large groups who seek refuge from battle-torn or disaster-ravaged regions, offering nothing in return. True stories, deeply personal stories are hidden behind scary statistics. So as American immigrants, we have lived in the shadows for generations, seeking to quickly integrate into American culture and not trigger the rejection that so often shifts... more...

Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot Granted Asylum

We are excited to announce that Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female airplane pilot who spoke at Generation W, has been granted asylum in the United States. Niloofar left her native Afghanistan in 2015 to receive training in the U.S. and to escape death threats directed at her and her immediate family. Now, U.S. authorities have recognized it is too dangerous for her to return home. “I’m really happy and thankful to all the people who made this happen,” Niloofar said, during an interview... more...

Inspirational Quotes from Generation W 2018

What a day!  It started as soon as Donna Orender spoke these opening words: “What is it about this concept of RISE & SHINE that makes us smile?  It’s about thinking that tomorrow we get another go at this crazy world, this life that is ours to reckon with, this life to make OUR TIME.  And once we do RISE, there is this optimism that it will be a good day, but more than that, that we have the ability to MAKE it a good day.  We will shine!” The energy of the room was electric... more...

5 Quotes to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!  Here are 5 quotes to inspire your thinking today.          

When Adversity Makes Us Stronger

Hey, our kids are angry, as they very well should be. Like Howard Beale in the classic movie “Network,” they are standing up and saying, “We are mad as hell, and we are not going to take this anymore.” THANK GOODNESS! for the voices, the passion, the anger and unfortunately the pain of our kids, who are doing their utmost to move the needle and create the desperately needed change to keep our kids, our teachers, and our school workers safe. Busloads of students and chaperones... more...

Diamond or Cubic Zirconia?

The blog is inspired by Javetta Fleury.   “Be yourself, but always your better self.”–Karl G. Maeser Women are born to love, but most of that love is focused externally. We find many people worthy of love in our lives, but very few of us find ourselves as worthy of that same love and acceptance. I know from experience; my journey to authentic self-worth started much later than I wish it had. So when I was given an opportunity to develop my own after school program for a group... more...

5 Motivational Quotes from U.S. First Ladies

When #MondayMotivation is also Presidents Day, we couldn’t help but share 5 motivational quotes from some of our U.S. First Ladies:                                                                                              

Generation WORKS on Facebook LIVE

In case you missed Saturday’s Generation WORKS (or just want to once again be inspired), here are some of the Facebook Live videos from our volunteers. Enjoy! Generation WORKS at R. V. Daniels Elementary Generation WORKS at Saint Augustine Boys and Girls Club Generation WORKS at Feeding Northeast Florida Generation WORKS at Children’s Home Society

WOW Mentors and Mentees Create Vision Boards

Last Saturday some of our WOW mentors and mentees got together to create vision boards. It was a great afternoon of fun and fellowship as we created vision boards that would help us start the New Year off right.  Here are some images from our day–thanks, Toni Hernandez for the pictures! Want to be the first to know about our next WOW event?  Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.            

Images from Jacksonville’s “Day of Action”

According to, an estimated 1,000 people from throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia participated in the ”Day of Action” rally co-hosted by the Jacksonville and St. Augustine chapters of Women’s March Florida at the Landing. Here are some of the images from the day captured via social media. You can see more great images here. Do you have some images to share? We would love to see them–post them on any of our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.     Signs... more...