Becoming a well-developed, successful member of society can be difficult for anyone. The TAS’ Place helps to encourage, influence and teach the youth of today, leadership skills, etiquette, financial mastery and more to assist them in becoming productive and successful members of the community. Through their programs they hope to present responsible leaders, encourage healthy relationships, reinforce confidence, develop essential life skills, make connections and so much more. This week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Chief Executive Leader of Tas’ Place, Monica Swann, to learn all about the workshops they provide and some of their biggest challenges.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
A: TAS’ Place, Inc., is a non-profit Youth Leadership development organization that is located in Waldorf, Maryland. We serve youth boys, girls, young men and young ladies, ranging in ages 7-17 and young adults ages 18-24. We provide workshops on the following topics
Etiquette (with theme-based Tea Parties)
Purity and Abstinence
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
A: Our favorite moment was the Recycling Campaign that we held in 2009. The youth met with the local sanitation company, the local mall, developed and distributed flyers and received sponsorship from Chick-fil-A for this event. This idea was birthed during a public speaking workshop that we held. The youth loved the presentation so much that they wanted to put the “idea” into action.
Another favorite moment was watching as a young lady who was very shy and withdrawn find her “voice” and step out of her shell. She became very social and active in the organization and more comfortable around her peers.
We are also proud to see that young boys like to dress up and attend tea parties which show that social graces and values are not a lost cause.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
A: we have several daunting challenges. Our biggest challenge as a small organization is obtaining funding to host our workshops in addition to finding space or affordable venues to host our workshops and events. We believe that once we have a location we can be more affective and effective in the community.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
A: Our latest event was held on Valentine’s Day, which was our 3rd Annual “No Greater Love” Tea party. We do not have any events currently scheduled at this time but have several workshops on the calendar that will include a bullying and self-esteem workshop.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
A: If anyone is interested in volunteering with TAS’ Place, they can e-mail Monica Swann at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an interview to determine skills and proper placement as we have several areas that one can volunteer and serve.