5 Valuable Lessons from The Three Doctors Foundation Mentor Day

14372051_10153654882651582_1012988330988310449_oAs you probably know by now, my heart is  deeply rooted in helping others. Moving in the states at the age of 12 age, it was strangers that helped me accommodate to my new lifestyle but also helped in regards to pursuing a higher education. This is why whenever I can share information or help  others, I DO IT!

So of course, when my friend reached out to me to become a mentor for a day at the Three Doctors Foundation, I didn’t think twice about it and boy was I glad I got the invitation.  Here I was surrounded by individuals who had questions regarding college, finding their passion and  much more.

14444657_10153654868291582_3150717928921343090_oAlthough my job was to teach my group about my college and career track, by the end of the day , I was the one that walked out with valuable lessons. As my youngest mentee, a six grader told me  “Don’t let fear  stop you from living, go and ride  Kingda Ka.” * he doesn’t know how bad I hate roller coasters* face palm, but I might give it a try this year.

Here are 5 valuable lessons that I learned during my mentorship day.

  1. Impossible means “I’m Possible”
  2. Don’t take challenges personally.
  3. Don’t indict yourself based on your shortcomings.
  4. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.
  5. Don’t let fear  stop you from living.

Save the Date for the next event!

The Three Doctors Foundation Holiday Health Basketball Benefit/Toys for Teens at Edison Job Corps in Edison, NJ; 1-3pm.

How Can You Benefit from Volunteering?


As a young professional, it is very easy to get caught up in the 9 to 5 routine. Two weeks, after starting my new job, I felt empty… what was missing in my life? During a conversation with one of my girlfriend, she mentioned, “Aren’t you always volunteering somewhere? You should really get back to that.” She was right. I’ve probably clocked in more volunteering hours during my college career than the combined student bodies at both of the universities I attended. Of course, I am exaggerating, but you get the point.

Naturally, when a friend of mine mentioned her “Beautiiful” prom drive a couple of months ago, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to do what brings me the most joy; that is: helping, networking and being a social butterfly.

By deciding to participate in the prom drive, I joined a team of professional women from various industries. They included PR consultants, fashion stylists, makeup artists, bloggers,graphic designers, and events marketing specialists, among other professions. Together, our witty personalities, go-getter attitudes, strong work ethic, and personal strengths contributed to an environment shaped by an inherent focus on empowerment (of each other and of others), and actively pursuing the completion of our goal – organizing and hosting a pop-up prom shop for girls unable to afford the luxuries that accompany prom night.

Beautiiful Team

Beautiiful Team (L-R) : Jocelyn Pizarro, Nathalie Cazeau, Autumn Johnson, Amanda Clarke, Nicolette Tucker , Raven Robinson.

After four months of preparation, we were able to stage a successful prom drive on April 30, 2014, during which we displayed over 300+ dresses, donated by generous individuals who sought to invest in our mission.That night, we succeeded in helping 150 New York City area students find their dream prom outfit. The successful completion of this project not only helped forge a deeply-rooted bond among a group of aware young professionals, but it also reawakened in me the desire to help.

With that being said, you may be wondering what kind of benefits accompany volunteerism. Why should you should you volunteer? Below are four reasons why I think everyone should make an effort to H.E.L.P:

Have an impact! The thought of putting aside your wants and needs to bring joy to someone’s life or help a community in need speaks volumes. No matter the amount of time or effort you invest in helping, you are making a big difference. Find something you’re passionate about and get involved; volunteering offers a way to have a real and lasting impact.

Expand your network While organizing the Beautiiful prom drive, I have been interacting with individuals from various industries. Meeting people from all walks of life is one of the benefits you get from volunteering. You never know who you might meet and what new information you might learn that could impact your life.

Learn new skills Coordinating and planning a fundraising event can allow for the acquisition of budgeting, supervisory and training skills. The possibilities and opportunities are endless, and many of these skills are transferable.

Practice Balance Practicing balance is being reminded to be grateful for what you have. Too often we get lost in superficial things, especially when we enter the professional world. As a result, we miss out on opportunities to reach out and give back to the same communities that have shaped us.

Let me know how you are becoming more involve in your community. Be sure to  check out your local non-profits organizations and find out how you can assist them.

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