From the President’s Desk


Thank you for visiting our home on the web!

When I started I Am My Sister back in 2010 my goal was to create a support system for others that my grandmother and aunt was for my sister and me growing up. Being born to a teen mother who would spent more than half of my life on drugs and a father I would never come to know created a number of emotional challenges; fear of abandonment, feeling isolated and not feeling good enough.

Through many life experiences, professionally and personally, I would hear the re-occurring themes that would all go back to a lack of self-love. I would hear the struggles of my own sister as she longed to have a love from our mom that she just wasn’t capable of giving. The desire to connect with her by any means lead her to a life of destructive choices.

As the mother of four beautiful daughters, I wanted to ensure that my daughters were raised to love and support one another. These lessons weren’t just important for my daughters, but for all young ladies. I desired to start an organization for young ladies that would become their support system. It would be there when faced with defining moments in their lives, when dealing with self-esteem issues, relationship questions, and college questions, finding a job or starting a business, questions about sex, possibly unplanned pregnancy, or how to be a great young new parent. We would be there to help them develop skills and to provide resources for them to accomplish their hopes and dreams. It would also be a way for my own sister to know that she was not alone and that I understood; it would be called I Am My Sister.

As you browse through our website, my hope is that you will be inspired and then feel a desire to inspire your fellow “sisters” and “brothers” with the inclusion of “I Am My Brother”; an initiative to support young men.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with some “Beauty Tips” that Audrey Hepburn highly recommended for every girl! “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a friend run her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”

Warmest Regard,

Lela M. Blackwell
Founder & President

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