Albeit, the fashion show wasn't exactly in my city. However, I look at UConn as my second home! So here are some photos that I captured during my time at the event.
"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."
This past year, I have spent a tremendous amount of time in the community, primarily the North End of Hartford. I was lucky, with a group of my peers, to take part in a year of service and bring something refreshing to the community. Anyone who knows me knows that Hartford holds a special place in my heart. I have seen the city go through many changes but one thing has remained constant, and that is violence. The potential dangers of the city are clear to me, from a former classmate getting shot right in front of my house to seeing brawls of 100 kids outside a middle school. I look around the city and notice the lack of role models, the broken promises, and the people just trying to make a dollar off of us. It is sickening to say the least.
Below, you will find a video that I constructed to showcase a series of events I planned and implanted with my fellow Public Allies of Hartford. We community mapped the city, trying to grasp what Hartford residents felt about their community. We held community conversations to get residents in the same room and converse about polarizing issues surrounding our city. Through assessing and analyzing the research we conducted, violence and youth were the most pertinent and prominent topics that came to the surface. So with that information, we developed “comPACT Series: A Passport to Nonviolence.” Watch the video to learn more about the series of events we put on for the city of Hartford.
How would you feel if I told you that good things happen in Hartford? That not only violence takes place in this city?
Thanks to the fine folks over at Fletch Firm Public Relations & TimeLess Trail, they put together an event that brought a sense of unity and camaraderie to the community that I call home. The Pop-Up Shop: Networking Edition was a great event that brought people of like minds to one place. From jewelry dealers to make up artists, photographers to fashion designers, people from different lanes came to Club Downtown to showcase and sell their products to the public while getting to network with young entrepreneurs who shared the same aspirations for self drive.
My experience at the event was rather satisfying. Being that this was the first event I was asked to attend and blog about, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. However, when I got there with my tie and kangol on, I felt like a real journalist. I thought to myself, like damn, this was Stephen A. feel like? Maybe not that high profile, but while collecting 10 or so business cards from young entrepreneurs I was able to have great conversations about what inspired people to start their businesses and why they continue to chase their dreams. Whenever you can get a group of people chasing the same thing in one room, it’s sure to be a fruitful success!
Some of my personal highlights about the night: