Nearly 400 middle school girls from all over the Coachella Valley registered for the 3rd Annual Rae of Hope Retreat in 2016. The girls learned about leadership, self-love, anti-bullying and inner beauty from the newscasters of KESQ, News Channel 3. At this critical age in development, having solid role models and mentors is crucial. This year we had over 75 girls on a waiting list, and with more funding we could give more girls this life-changing experience.
At the 2nd Annual Rae Of Hope Leadership Retreat, excitement was palpable. Three hundred and ten middle school girls came to the Renaissance Indian Wells, eagerly awaiting the one day event and the chance to meet the valley's newscasters: Karen Devine, Bianca Rae, Laura Yanez, Alexandra Pierce, and producers Sarah-Jayne Simon and Ariane Stroschein. Many attended last year, others were about to experience their first Rae Of Hope Retreat. The women of KESQ News Channel 3, CBS Local 2, and KUNA, Telemundo 15 lead the breakout groups, excited to share their own experiences: bullying they experienced, insecurities they had, etc.
Girls from all over the Coachella Valley participated in four breakout groups. In Bold and Beautiful, Girls got "make-unders", learning less is more and talking about inner beauty. In Fit and Fabulous, they learned how to make healthy smoothies! They also learned some workout moves they can do at home to stay healthy. In Building Your Dreams, the girls created a pictorial collage of what they want to be when they grow up. Lastly, in the Leadership group, the girls talked abut anti-bullying, standing up for your beliefs, and getting involved in the community. Mika Moulton of Christopher's Clubhouse also touched on internet safety.
It was an incredible day where our valley's youth got to hear about morals and values from local celebrities, ladies they likely have on a pedestal. It was a community effort - with so many donors and organizations coming together to help. The 3rd Annual Rae of Hope Retreat is in the works...stay tuned!
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The Inaugural Rae Of Hope Retreat was overwhelmingly successful! We had 160 middle school girls from almost every city in the Coachella Valley register for the free event! The Bianca Rae Foundation and Gulf-California Broadcast Company teamed up to host the free retreat at the Miramonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells. Coachella Valley middle school girls enjoyed a day of breakout groups about health and wellness - all led by our valley's local celebrities, the women of the news!
The breakout sessions were extremely active. In 'Bold and Beautiful', the International School of Beauty gave the girls make-unders, preaching the concept of less is more. In 'Fit and Fabulous', the girls got on their feet practicing kid-friendly cross-fit moves and tennis swings. During the 'Leadership' session, we spent a while talking interactively about bullying and its presence in middle schools. Afterwards, the girls got to walk around to various tables where local organizations such as the Braille Institute and The American Cancer Society had volunteer information. Lastly, the "Building Your Dreams' group gave the young ladies a push toward their dreams. The girls cut and pasted pictures and words out of magazines onto a "dream board", representing their goals and how they can get there.
All day long, the middle school girls were asking the TV personalities for autographs and pictures. One thing was very clear- kids in the valley hold our local celebrities up on a pedestal. Whenever someone has somebody else on a pedestal, they can be influenced by them. Thus the basis of the Rae Of Hope Retreats. People in the spotlight have a duty to be a good example for our youth.
Bianca Rae and the other group leaders each kept getting the same question, "When will the next Rae Of Hope retreat be?" In the works!!