Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

Information is in the TOP menu. Inspiration is BELOW the fold!

“The Normandin Middle School Sorority” Defining Youth Philanthropy

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Kayla Smith, Flavia Miranda, Adrienne DePina, India Santiago, Sabine Charles, Anitra Alves, Alianah Grajales, Sofia Dias, Diana Jesus, Rylee Nogueira, Natasha Ferro and Martha Kay. (Not in order)

Two amazing women; Natasha Ferro and Martha Kay have been mentoring groups of middle school girls, after school, since 2012 at the Normandin Middle School.

“The Sorority” morphed into a Youth Philanthropy Group this year and with the guidance of Natasha and Martha their young women focused on issues that concerned them. In the beginning of the school year, they brainstormed a list of needs within our community and settled on animal abuse, domestic violence, gang activity, and homelessness.

This week they made a presentation to the Greater New Bedford Homeless Providers Network. Their speech was inspiring as was their work. Their speech defines the work they’ve done, please read it.

Chef Victor shares more than just a recipe

GiftsToGive_Sorority_2_October21-2014_6-M 16 young women from our Normandin Middle School Sorority, spent two hours after school on Tuesday, with Executive Chef Victor Vieira.

Chef Victor brought $33.22 worth of groceries and demonstrated how to make two meals for five people that are not only nutritional but scrumptious! He talked to our young women about the food cost, engaging them in a math quiz for per-person servings comparing that to fast-food meals.

Talk about a service learning experience…conversations were had about how carrots are grown, the benefits of celery, we even learned that a part of the chicken is called an oyster! Chef even talked about the different fats, comparing the meals that were being cooked and the fat content and types in processed food.

Video: Chef Victor talks about the costs of healthly food and fast food!

The Sorority at Normandin Middle School, New Bedford
October 21, 2014

The Sorority Visits UMass Dartmouth’s School of Community Nursing!

Normandin's Sorority and UMD Nursing Students

Normandin’s Sorority and UMD Nursing Students

On a Thursday afternoon, after school, young women of “The Sorority” at Normandin Middle School, visited with Seniors at the School of  Community Nursing at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

The Sorority sisters were hosted by the Seniors, they took a tour of the campus, visited the Simulation Lab (which very few visitors get to do), participated in a self-esteem exercise and most of all they made new friends and saw for themselves – new options, possibilities, and choices!

New Bedford’s Finest, Now One of Boston’s Finest!

Jennifer Penton

Jennifer Penton

On a Thursday afternoon, after school, one of Boston’s Finest, Jennifer Penton,  visited with our young women of The Sorority at Normandin Middle School. Standard Times – Post

Jennifer grew up in New Bedford, is a Normandin alum, so who better to visit and speak at the Sorority?

Jennifer served on the New Bedford Police Department for three years until she decided to make a lateral transfer to the Boston Police Department, where’s she’s worked for the last five-and-a-half years.

Who influenced you as a young woman?

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

We’re building a network of gifted and connected women.

Our Sorority for Middle School girls is at the Normandin Middle School in New Bedford.

We’re looking for guest speakers for Thursday afternoons, in school, after school, from 3 to 4:30pm.

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