This Black Girl
This Black Girl is a campaign that highlights the alumni of LOV to tell their amazing stories while highlighting the impact of mentorship through the leading mentoring and leadership program in Chicago. By telling their stories, the communities they’re from, and who they’ve become as young women, we hope to inspire more Black girls to follow their dreams and that all who witness this campaign will celebrate each girl and explore how they can support more success stories with LOV.
Meet Madison from Englewood
"Ladies of Virtue has impacted my life because I was given a group of women and girls that look like me, to look up to and lean on. No matter what I'm going through academically, personally, or emotionally, everywhere I turn there is love and guidance.”
“One of my greatest accomplishments that I can thank LOV for is not only meeting Former First Lady Michelle Obama, but her writing about me in her new book, The Light We Carry. If it was not for LOV inspiring me to always serve my community joyfully and encouraging me to stand out in every room, that would not have happened.”
Madison attends Texas Southern University in Houston, majoring in Psychology
Madison served as a summer intern for our LOV Club programs.
Madison hopes to become a child and adolescent psychologist and one day own her own practice. She also wants to open an outreach center for kids and offer pro bono therapy services.
Meet Kayla from Park Forest
"As a first generation college student, I was so lost and confused about how to continue my education after high school. The mentors at Ladies of Virtue helped me with my college applications, scholarships, and my personal statements. With their support I was able to attend Benedictine University. I even won a $1000 scholarship because of my leadership project with Ladies of Virtue, which focused on Domestic Violence.
My first semester was a very exciting and nerve wrecking point in my life. However, the new freedom from being away from home caused me to lose focus on my schoolwork and I ultimately performed poorly. I was put on probation after my first semester and dismissed from Benedictine University after my second semester.
But Ladies of Virtue never gave up on me. The mentors at Ladies of Virtue continued to check in and assist me when needed during my first year away. When I left school, they continued to support and encourage me to go back.
I remember them saying “if everyone had the same journey with no bumps in the road, then nobody would be able to tell their own story because they would all be the same”.
Those words stuck with me and helped me with the struggles I faced. I knew I owed myself another chance to prove that I wasn’t a failure and that with the correct focus and support I could graduate from college.
That summer I applied to Prairie State college with a new drive and a new major. I started completely over and have not looked back since. That year, I earned a 3.4 GPA and started Prairie State’s RN program in the fall of 2015.
Meet Cheyenne from Matteson
“I am so proud to see where LOV is. When I joined, there were 40 girls in the Saturday institute, and now we have served 1,000. I’m proud to see LOV has grown into the best mentoring program where our girls go on college tours, develop leadership skills and become change agents in our community.”
“LOV has helped me accomplish my lifelong dream of graduating from college and becoming a confident professional woman who can shine bright in any room.”
Cheyenne graduated as Cum Laude from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL with a major in Business Administration.
She currently works as a Risk Analyst at a Private Equity Firm.
Meet Mikayah from Rosemoor
“Ladies of Virtue has taught me to view myself as a young woman who is beautiful, intelligent, outgoing, virtuous, kind, sensitive, and strong, all at the same time.”
Mikayah attends DePauw University as a Posse Scholar
Her current roles consist of First Year Chair for the Association of African American Students.
She is a Fitness Instructor for the Lily Center and First Year Manager for the Heat Majorette Team.
Meet Treazure from Englewood
“I learned all the skills that I needed such as public speaking, dining etiquette and just how to be a woman in general. Ladies of Virtue has shown me a different side of the world that I would have not seen if I did not join”.
Treazure is currently an Intelligence Analyst in the United States Army.
She is also a full-time student at Fayetteville State University.
Treazure is the owner of Digital Treasure Management/ Treazure LLC where she provides marketing and social media services.
Meet Layla from Woodlawn
“The guidance from LOV mentors as a junior and senior related to college and scholarship applications is something I will always praise the program for. I don’t think I would have been able to navigate the process as well without the help I got from Ms. Francine and especially Ms. Thee. The time spent with them working on interview skills and essays helped me thrive in the competitive atmosphere.” - Layla
Layla currently attends the University of Mississippi. There, she is majoring in Public Policy Leadership at the Trent Lott Institute of Public Policy. She is also a Stamps Scholar, receiving a full ride scholarship.
Layla expressed that yearly leadership projects with LOV helped her discover a passion for politics in order to make change in her community. In her first semester as Public Policy Leadership major, in which she made the Dean’s Honor Roll, she wrote her first public policy proposal. She has done work around issues including gender-race bias in the workplace and financial literacy in minority communities. Her practice in defining problems, drafting solutions, and publicly discussing issues gave her the confidence to tackle modern voter suppression. Because of her confidence, abilities, and knowledge of the issue, she was able to articulate her arguments and have the bill passed in the classroom Congress.
Layla also received two other full-ride options to Ohio State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. With the help of LOV, she received acceptance to all ten colleges and universities she applied to.
Meet Dequana from Parkview
“LOV has impacted my career tremendously with my career advancement and navigating womanhood. I have been able to strengthen my skills and knowledge in healthcare. As well, I've learned negotiating strategies for a higher salary and different avenues to enhance my skill set.”
Dequana attended Southern Illinois University for her BA in Psychology. She went on to further her education, receiving a MS in Neuroscience. Currently, she works as a research coordinator for Northwestern University.
Meet Maya from Dolton
Meet Sabrina from Chatham
“I did not have a role model before joining Ladies of Virtue. When I became involved with this organization I began to discover myself and my passion for writing and helping others who need the support and encouragement to tell their story. There is not just one story but there are so many stories that need to be told. I would have never discovered this if I had not joined Ladies of Virtue and received the mentorship they provide to girls of color.”
Sabrina currently attends Columbia College Chicago, majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism to one day become a Storyteller. Sabrina credits her involvement with Ladies of Virtue as the reason she was able to discover and cultivate her passion for writing.
Meet Sydney from Bronzeville
“Ladies of Virtue has opened up so many opportunities for me such as an internship at The Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, which got me published in the American Journal of Public Health.”
“I’ve learned public speaking, resume writing, and so much more. I’m so thank to have been apart of Ladies of Virtue”
Sydney attended Harold Washington College in Chicago, IL.
She currently works for Chicago Public Schools.