L to r: Barbara J. Thomas, co-chairman; Cassandra L. Evans, Venetta McCullough, Veronica Phillips, president; Yulanda Smith-Ellis, Tabitha Bush, chairman; Paula Edwards, Catrice Lee-Brown and seated: Dr. Rosalind Osgood, author, Story Behind Story.
Chi Psi Omega Chapter’s Initiative V: Social Justice and Human Rights Committee partnered with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Broward County SATC (Sexual Assault Treatment Center), PACE Center for Girls and MODCO (Mount Olive Development Corporation) to conduct another seminar in its for Girls Only Series, entitled “Real Talk”, June 28, 2014, at the PACE Center for Girls, in Wilton Manors, Fla.
This event was sponsored for young ladies 11 through 17 years of age; being advertised in the newspaper and on the chapter website. Fourteen young ladies participated in the seminar/event. The program agenda was designed for participatory interaction, engagement, involvement, knowledge enhancement, growth as well as life-long learning on the part of the participants. The pres-enter, author Soror Dr. Rosalind Osgood, School Board Member for District V, president/CEO MODCO, assistant pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church and former adjunct professor, Nova Southeastern University was introduced by Soror Cassandra L. Evans, committee member. Dr. Osgood demonstrated her ability to reach all age levels with her back-ground story. She has never been embarrassed to tell her story as she tells those caught up in the system of U-turns and second chances. Dr. Osgood’s book, Story Behind Story is a compelling masterpiece coupled with a unique, personal perspective; chronicling her trials to triumph. More specifically, the book is thought-provoking, motivational, designed to change negative, wayward, deviant or out of control behavior and to provide answers to questions otherwise not asked. Dr. Osgood has a love and is passionate about children and their success. More importantly, she is in her element and comfort zone when interacting with them.
Following the presentation, each young lady participated in a question and answer session that garnered them door prizes. Furthermore, each one was presented with one of Dr. Osgood’s books, received an autograph with a personalized message and community ser-vice hours for graduation.
This event attracted a host of community volunteers to assist in making this event a success. The basileus presented Dr. Osgood with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the chapter, took photos, provided closing remarks to the participants and encouraged them to be lead agents for positive change.
Healthy and nutritious snacks served to the participants for lunch included fresh fruits, granola bars, juices and water.
Evaluations from participants, sponsors, author/presenter, volunteers and sorors evidenced this was an outstanding seminar and achieved the goals of the sponsors.
Sorors in attendance, participating and making the seminar successful were Tabitha Bush, chairman; Veronica E. Phillips, basileus; Barbara J. Thomas, co-chairman; Cassandra L. Evans, program participant; Yulanda Smith-Ellis, 2nd anti-basileus; Venetta McCullough, Catrice Lee-Brown and Paula Edwards.