1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news unto the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. – Isaiah 61:1-3
He (God) has sent me (Sapphire Kharyzma)….to bestow upon them (young women) a crown of beauty (a divinely purposed life) for their ashes (their painful past).
Beauty for Ashes creates a safe haven for young women to heal through storytelling (public narratives), set to the therapeutic power of sisterhood.
Like the Phoenix, our resilience empowers our endurance…as we continue to rise through the ashes. Fire cleanses, purges and paves the way for new life! God is a consuming fire. Our foundation is rooted in the ministry of Christ…and we gather at retreats and curated empowerment events, around the world; to make a positive impact in the lives we touch. We are completely led by the God – who comforts and protects our steps.
Beauty for Ashes strives to become the pillar for resources and empowerment to discover that they are young women of virtue destined to change their community and influence the world (Kingdom building). Beauty for Ashes serves as a catalyst that inspires young women to discover their selves, the way God sees them (self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence) while building and establishing life skills taught through our life coaching support and mentoring program. Beauty for Ashes bridges the gap, while encouraging young women to pursue and fulfill their God-given purpose.
Experience Abroad Initiative
This program aims to expose low-income, “at-promise” youth to opportunities abroad — for studying, living and working. European countries, such as Germany, France, and Denmark, offer free college tuition to all students, both domestic and international.
With proposed budget cuts to education within the United States, it will become harder for students to fund their education. The goal of this program is to take middle-school and high-school age students on college tours, expose them to different learning opportunities and cultures, while providing with various options to choose from.
For middle schoolers (sixth – eighth grade), the program will be a week-long excursion, likely to Canada or universities across the US.
For high-schoolers, the program will be during the summer, two to three weeks during the summer. They will have the opportunity to visit international universities, and look into options for living and working abroad. There are multiple opportunities for students graduating from high school, wanting to take a gap year.
Upon completion of the program, we will continue to help students with college preparation, including securing funding or financial aid and the application process. For any funds secured, we will match the funding for any expenses, including books/supplies, living, etc.
Its time that we start seeding into our younger generations, but it starts with us! Check out the wisdom of our very own Kayla Jasmin, one of our mentee, who helped innovate this initiative, based on her own experience abroad! In fact, it has inspired her to pursue her Juris Doctor Degree from Queens University, in Northern Ireland. She is the brains and beauty, behind this program!
When it comes to travel, I am a novice. But, I know this for certain: I LOVE Travel! My first experience with travel started the summer after my ninth grade year, and I haven’t looked back since. There is always a story behind each place I visit. I love the journey; it’s about traveling to new places and seeing new things. And, for me, that means engaging with the local communities in the country or destination. After a study abroad trip to Italy, I realized how much travel means to me. I encountered obstacles that put travel into perspective for me. It’s not all glitz and glam; sometimes, it’s up to YOU to make the most out of your experience and learn from it. – Kayla Jasmin
You can catch her journey, at Kay Travels the World.