On June 17, 2017, Redefined hosted a medical career workshop. We are especially proud and very thankful for the distinguished medical professionals, speakers and to the participants who attended. Some crossed state lines to attend this event; we are humbled and grateful for their participation.
We received the survey results from the participants who responded, and we are humbled by the results: 100% provided positive feedback (survey range 1 out of 10, 10 being the highest) on the impact of the event. Specifically, we received a 10 out of 10 in all measured areas including professionalism of the speaker’s, engagement with the audience, and children felt inspired, encouraged and would be attending future events. Moreover, we gained additional volunteers who expressed interest in working with us advancing the mission and vision of Redefined. We are measured by our social impact. Thanks to those who made the event powerful, impactful and transformative! On July 15, 2017, we engaged in serving missionaries in a community service event. Currently, we are planning future events designed strategically in the domains we seek to influence: careers , confidence, community service and communication.
This newsletter serves an additional purpose- as our first monthly newsletter, it is intended to explain, in more detail, our mission. This newsletter is entitled “Are Stereotypes Wrong? “ Why are we seeking to redefine labels? Negative labels and stereotypes have an effect on perceptions which are limiting. According to an article published by sciencedaily.com, “ researchers did two experiments to determine whether stereotype threat hindered boys’ academic performance. In one, involving 162 children ages 7 and 8, telling children that boys did worse than girls at school caused boys’ performance in a test of reading, writing, and math to decline (compared to a control group that got no such information). In the other experiment, involving 184 children ages 6 to 9, telling children that boys and girls were expected to do equally well caused boys’ performance on a scholastic aptitude test to improve (compared to a control group). Girls’ performance wasn’t affected. “ Please feel free to read the entire study (reference below) to gain a deeper appreciation to engage your thinking. This is just one of many empirical studies reflecting perceptions that inform attitudes. I encourage you to also reflect upon the Movie Hidden Figures and read the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.
At Redefined, we understand what it means to be labeled or defined “at risk. “ We understand the hard work and sweat equity it takes to overcome tragedy , experience vast dysfunction and brokenness to rise above circumstances. We are social change agents seeking to transform and impact perspectives. Anyone can be redefined with courageous and fearless intentional pursuits. How? God is the Wind, we are Kites, this is how WE RISE. “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly and tread safely on paths of testing and trouble]; He sets me [securely] upon my high places. Psalm 18.33 AMP
Finally, our next event is in the planning stage (coming in the fall) and will be populated on our website and to social media platforms shortly. Never underestimate the power of humble beginnings.
Society for Research in Child Development. (2013, February 12). Negative stereotypes about boys hinder their academic achievement. ScienceDaily
. Retrieved July 19, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130212100554.htm