Monday, November 26, 2018

"When you are gifted much, much is expected of you" - A young souls perspective of Haiti

Check out a story from our Taking Shape STAR Leader, Savanah Wozny
Meet Davidson and Evanston! These twelve year old boys love to show off and are quite the acrobats! They are two of the orphans that live at Lephare Orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti and attend our Taking Shape leadership and performing arts camps. Both times that I have been teaching our mission camps to these children I have been truly amazed at their raw talent. Some of the things they can do are things I have been training years for! They flip, walk on their hands, and can headstand all day long; on dirt and rock, mind you! There are no mats in the streets of Haiti!

I really became attached to these two boys as I saw how they loved to perform and how much strength they have. I seriously can’t believe how naturally talented these kids are! Both of these boys are always wanting to play and jump around. There is never a time that these two boys didn’t want to kick a soccer ball around for hours, or flip their bodies around the orphanages concrete or gravel floors. They just love being active and love having an audience.

I especially love these boys because both of them are never phased by the cool technology (our phones and iPads) we bring to the children to play with after a long day of camp. Because the kids never get the chance to play with technology, they are amazed with our electronics. Davidson and Evanston, however, could care less about the electronics; they just want to play even after a long day of camp! I have never seen these two boys with my iPad or phone in their hands. They are constantly wanting to play soccer, tag or they simply just want to be held and given attention to. It makes my heart grow a little bit bigger when I see these two boys because they value our worth and they personally love us, not what we bring for entertainment.

In December, I will travel back to Haiti to teach my fourth leadership camp with these kids. We started with just a team of 3 people; myself, my mom and my cousin Sam. Now, we are taking a team of 18, with the majority of us being college students. How awesome is that! I can’t wait to show the new mission campers what these kids have to offer. The love they share, the gratitude they show, and the trust they have in me and in Taking Shape, is so inspiring. I can’t wait to see how Haiti affects the other campers on this trip and how their lives will change.

Usually people ask me, “How was your trip to Haiti?” Most of the time my answer is, “It’s just something I can’t even explain, you just have to go and experience it yourself.” It’s incredible how you go into a mission trip like this thinking you’re going to help these kids, but in reality every time I leave, I discover that these kids help me. They have made me a stronger leader, they have taught me how to be grateful for what I have and to understand what is in important in life. These kids are more like siblings to me, and there is no greater feeling than being loved by them and their solid gold souls. We certainly learn from each other. ♥️

Savanah Wozny- Taking Shape STAR Leader

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Developing Trust as a Gen Z Leader

This month in our STAR Leadership program we have been focusing on the importance of building TRUST as a successful leader. Today, it seems more than ever, we can get confused about what a true leader is. We may believe that a leader is someone who has the most friends, has the most likes on a post, or even has the most views on a video. We can confuse leadership with popularity, and one doesn't necessarily equate to the other. Being a successful leader requires trust between the leader and those who follow. Not blind trust, but deep seeded faith in the leader and his or her decision-making ability. It is trust that is not earned by votes or fans. Our STAR Leaders dove deep into the following character values that are pertinent to establishing trust as a leader: Integrity Integrity means doing the right thing, no matter the consequences. Some have said it is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. It is having standards, even higher standards than most and living up to them. Generation Z is already more purpose-driven and that is a good baseline for integrity. Maintaining integrity involves making the right decisions more often. When one has an ability to determine who is authentic and who is fake, it helps weed out those who may be a threat to integrity. Honesty Honesty starts with being your true self. It is dishonest to try to be someone you are not or to say things to get attention or approval. It actually can be a relief to not have to hide who you really are. Honesty is being honest in your actions and being upfront with what you believe. Keep in mind, however, hurting people through actions or words is not a sign of honesty in leadership. Honesty can also be earned by being unselfish and having a focus on others. It can be strengthened by being empathetic and creating habits of being a good listener. Loyalty Loyalty takes commitment and perseverance. It is earned through consistency in the values listed above, integrity and honesty. Consistency is an area that is difficult for Gen Zers as they live in a digital, social and mobile world where they are used to getting quick results. If results don’t happen quick, this generation has trouble sticking with it. The good news however is that Generation Z leans towards more conservative and traditional values. With the right guidance and support system, these kids can strengthen their values in loyalty by creating solid habits consistently and seeing the value in their results. Reliability Reliability is earned and established by a pattern of consistent behavior. Reliability is living up to commitments even when you don't want to. It is doing what you say you are going to do. It is being timely. When people can count on you, you are building the foundation as a leader. There are no “cheats”, hacks or shortcuts. Every day there are opportunities, some big and some small, to exercise reliability as a true leader. As an educator and parent of the kids of Generation Z, I have found that they are like sponges. When exposed to these character values in the way they receive information, they get excited. The “light bulb” comes on and they love to jump into conversation on their experiences and ideas. I am so optimistic of this amazing generation! What they need from us as adults is for us to serve as a compass. We can take responsibility for our next generation of leaders and provide opportunities, examples, and guidance. We can all then, have renewed faith in our future.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August 2018 - Day 6 - Haiti Mission Trip

Final day in Haiti with our camp and team. What a week it has been!

We checked out of the guest house and loaded up like Sanford and Son in our tap tap. A final goodbye to our guest house and on the road to our final "party" day at camp.

Today was a day of showcasing everything we learned during our camp, letting the children do any special songs or dances that they had made up on their own. Oh and guess what?! Bob was back for the party! Check Bob out chasing the chicken during the showcase.

We finished the camp celebrated with a meal of chicken and rice and fruit punch. Our team got to hand out several prizes for our "superstar" students of the week and everyone left with a Taking Shape book bag full of school supplies to start the new school season. A huge thank you to Showcase Dance Studio and OBX the Studio Karma Kids program for the generous back to school donations.
Also a HUGE thank you to the amazing translators and volunteers from Cepras and their president Benson Jean. Benson is also an extremely talented photographer and captured the pure essence of our camp this week! 

We left the camp after a huge water balloon fight and many hugs and goodbyes that we will return next year.

A last hour stop at Lephare to eat lunch and pick up Greg before we left for our flight. Look what Greg completed while we were at camp all week!  A gazebo for shade and shelter for the orphanage children and a resting area for our future mission campers that will be housed at Lephare during our next camp this December. The materials for this project were donated by Leo Perez from Lee Summit, MO. 

What a week it has been. A week of growth with our team, relationships with so many wonderful people in Haiti and love in our heart! It is always hard to say goodbye but we will be back soon. Until next time in December our friends!! We learn more from you than you learn from us!

Monday, August 13, 2018

August 2018 - Day 5 - Haiti Mission Trip

Today is a day off from camp. We have scheduled a water truck delivery in the mountains of Titanyen, Haiti where after the 2010 earthquake many survivors went to the mountains to live but do not have access to running water. Many other missionaries in Haiti are part of water truck delivery where you purchase a semi tank of water and hire a driver to deliver it the area needing water. Teams meet up with the water truck and help disperse and carry water that comes out of a huge hose.

What an experience this was! The road up the mountain was gravel and dirt with several 2-3 foot holes every couple yards and our vehicles were stick shift, which even made it even more of an interesting challenge. The homes up the mountain ranged from 20 x 20 shacks made of tin to small tents made of canvas and sticks. We finally arrive at the top of the mountain to meet the water truck that hadn't made it yet. As we got out of our tap tap we saw many young Haitian kids come from their homes to greet us, they knew we were coming with water! Since the truck hadn't arrived yet we passed the time with some teenage Haitian boys from the mountain who played a round of basketball and soccer with Sammy, Ben and Davidson on a playground area that was built from another American missionary group. Alongside of the basketball game, Beana was greeted by young girls from the neighborhood who gave her some fancy hairdos!

Water truck finally arrived and things starting getting CRAZY! People came running from everywhere with their buckets for water. The water truck driver jumped out of the truck and filled big barrels with water. Many Haitian women were in a frenzy to help scoop out the water into the 5 gallon buckets for the children and other members of their family to carry to their house. Our job was to help carry them to their home. This was certainly a work out! Insanely amazed that some of these young children could carry this water further than we could.

During the water transport we also had kits of baby items such as diapers, soap, clothes and washcloths that we handed out to the families. The baby items were donated from Crystal's generous families of Showcase Dance Studio! Another set of donation were flip flops that came from Malia Casner and many ladies from Carrollton, MO. This was a sight! We decided to distribute these from the tap tap like we were setting up "shop" and the swarm quickly came. So many children needing shoes. Our tap tap van was a popular place for about 10 minutes until we ran out.

This was a gratifying day for the team as we left feeling like we really did valuable work but oh, was it heartbreaking!  Shoes and water, something we so easily take for granted, were such a scarcity among the Haitians living in these mountains.

We finished our day at the beautiful Wahoo Beach with our team!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

August 2018 - Day 4 - Haiti Mission Trip

It's Thursday and another full day at Cepras.  Our tap-tap rolled out from the guest house at 8:30 am to head to camp. The drive is one of our favorite parts. Everyone is Haiti has a purpose, they are all up and doing something. It may be to set up a couple of milk crates to sell bananas or it may be a walk across town, dodging the crazy traffic, just to visit a family member. Everyone here has a definite mission!

We arrived at camp, greeted with all of the kids who were behind the gate waiting for the entire team with hugs and high fives!  It was so fun to see them proudly wear their SDA passport lanyards and sunglasses we gave out to them the past several days.

Today our surprise activities included Sumo wrestling with inflatable inner tubes, dream catchers for arts and crafts and a group dance to Cotton Eye Joe. Oh and we can't forget the younger kids got to put on a show with some fancy costumes!

We were a little sad at the beginning of camp because we didn't see Bob today but found out that he was so wiped out from the last two camp days before that he overslept. Bob needed some rest!

After the third day of camp it was so neat to see the growth of these kids not only in their activities and skills, but the relationships and friendships they were building among each other. The children of Cepras live a good 20 minute tap -tap drive from the children of Lephare orphanage. These kids are  brought together only by our camp. Very grateful that they have had this experience together this week making friends.

We finished the day with a drive up the mountains of Haiti for a delicious dinner and incredible view over the entire country of Haiti. What a beautiful country!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

August 2018 - Day 3 - Haiti Mission Trip

Meayla on the mic!
Up and at it again for Day 3 of our week and the second day of our camp. Today we started our camp out with each child coming up to the microphone, saying their name and telling us what they wanted to be when they grew up. This was a confidence builder for many kids as some where a little shy but others had no trouble taking the mic, especially 2 year old Meayla! She can't speak clearly yet but oh boy, can she sing! As the rest of the kids took the mic, we heard a lot of aspirations to be doctors, football players (football in Haiti means soccer) and pastors. Pretty cool!

"Bob" and Beana
Have I mentioned how AWESOME our team is! Beth and Beana are rocking the crafts. So far we have made aluminum foil figurines, jeweled fish puppets to go along with Beth's bible stories and tie dye flowers from coffee filters. Kids of every age here love to create and it is amazing how detailed and focused they are in their work.

Ben, Sam and Isaac keep the sports and games going on with soccer, baseball and a team challenge of using a bed sheet. Meanwhile, Crystal continues to be a rockstar in the the gravel dance floor area teaching hip hop and a creative improvisational game where the kids made letters with their bodies.

Older boys of the camp making the letter "K"
Oh, and there is this funny little 2 year old guy here we named "Bob" who we later found out is really named Marcus. We didn't know where "Bob" came from for the first couple of days. He just showed up and wouldn't tell us his name so we named him "Bob". After a couple of days a couple kids that knew him kept telling us "no, his name Marcus." So Beth said, "Oh, Bon Jour Marcus!"  He looked at Beth and pointed to himself and said "Bob, Bob, Bob." I think he likes his new name! Bob has brought a lot of humor to this camp. He is a wild crazy kid who spends his time running around chasing the wild chickens that sometimes come through the camp.

Smore time at Lephare
We returned back to Lephare to drop the kids off and had time for a smore party with the neighborhood. This has turned into an annual event as we taught them this last year when we visited. Funny how excited the kids got when we pulled out the smore supplies. They knew exactly what we were doing!

Fritznel, our awesome dance translator, and Crystal!
Overall, another great day building relationships with these kids, this team and this community. It is so evident that these children are so hungry for organized, social and physical activity. They are creative, athletic, fun and full of energy. Ready for tomorrow!

Friday, August 10, 2018

August 2018 - Day 2 - Haiti Mission Trip

Breakfast on the deck at the guest house is always one of our most favorite parts of the trip. Juicy mangoes, fresh pineapple and bananas along with scrambled eggs and assorted peppers cut in detail to the smallest squares. Brunet’s beautiful wife is always the best cook!

Off to camp we go packed with our suitcases on top of the “tap tap” (the Haitian name for taxi).   We have 10 of us riding to camp looking a little like Sanford and Son. Tight quarters, no AC but it doesn’t matter. The liveliness of the streets of Haiti keep us totally entertained on our journey to camp. 

Taking Shapes hosts the camp for the children of Cepras, a Haitian ran organization whose mission is to grow young Haitiain children through education and Christian faith. We combine Cepras kids with the children of Lephare orphanage for the entire camp week. Total kids in the camp are 75! 

Haiti children don’t have the exposure to organized activity, sports and fine arts. We quickly saw once they were introduced to the activities, they were like sponges! We divide the kids into 3 rotations according to age and they rotate to arts/ crafts with and bible stories with Savanah and Beth, sports and games with Ben, Same and Isaac and dance with Crystal and myself. These kids love art and are so artistic! The detail and time they put into their work is so amazing.

Favorite dances are the Chicken Dance, Baby Shark and Tootie Ta! It doesn’t matter the ages of these kids, everyone is participating, laughing, enjoying time together and learning. Such a cool experience! Oh and also keep in mind it is 95 degrees and no AC. 

Meanwhile while we are busy with our kids at camp, Greg is back at Lephare Orphanage helping complete the building project at Lephare. Taking Shape will be housing it’s future summer mission campers in the expansion of the Lephare Orphanage, giving them a total immersion inside the Haitian culture. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

August 2018 - Day 1 - Haiti Mission Trip

This is a big week for Taking Shape as we have launched our first “official” mission camp operation. Up until now our mission camps and trips have consisted of our immediate family. Greg, the construction guy and Sammy, Beana and myself as the camp counselors and Luke and Brooklynne who came in December. This summer we have added 4 very AWESOME individuals to our Taking Shape mission camp team. Crystal, a dance studio business owner from Manassas, VA and a colleague of mine in our MTJGD coaching group. Then there is Beth and 14 year old Isaac who are a mother and son team right near me in Hardin, MO. They found out about us in the church bulletin and it is crazy that both of us are from the same small town area but our paths have not crossed until this trip. Then there is Arkansas Razorback college student, Ben, my incredible nephew who wanted to be a part of the experience and help us with the camp! We are here in Port au Prince, Haiti and serving over 75 children ages 2 and up in our summer mission camp which focuses on dance, games, sports, arts and crafts, bible studies and of course LEADERSHIP!

We all made it safe and sound and I will admit I was somewhat nervous with the protests and level 4
threat level last month in Haiti. No problem though arriving, the threat level is back down to level 3 and we breezed through customs and the airport which can be a little crazy!

Our first stop was to Lephare Orphanage, the orphanage that Taking Shape has partnered
with since 2015 where we are completing an expansion and living quarters for over 23 Haitian children. The team was welcomed with open arms of the children who were excited about our arrival. Crystal, Beth, Isaac and Ben quickly became family to the children of Lephare as we spend the remaining afternoon playing, singing and dancing with the kids. We had a huge meal fixed by the hardest working ladies I know, the Haitian cooks! Our team got to experience the Haitian staple meal of chicken and rice, plantains and “french fries.” Meals are always topped off with a tall glass bottle of 7up or Coke, which I have learned is a delicacy and extra special treat.

After an afternoon of visiting the children at the orphanage we were chauffeured by the best chauffeur in all of Haiti, Brunet! Driving in Haiti is a mastered skill. There is not right or wrong, you just go. Think of it like a game of “Frogger” for those of you from the 80’s! 

A quick stop at the “Stop and Go” which is the local grocery store to stock up on bottled
water and coffee. I would like to know the labor cost for the grocery store, there must be 30 employees in the grocery store with a couple people carefully watching every aisle. Couple of men outside with machine guns too! They guard their food very carefully!

We settled into the guest house which is located in Delmas, Haiti. I little quieter place up the mountain. Tomorrow we head to camp! 

Taking Shape’s mission on the FAR front is to raise leaders who serve others. Yes, we are serving the Haitian children by hosting camps in an active, learning and healthy environment but more importantly the team that is here is truly growing in servant leadership and witnessing a bigger purpose in life. 

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Friday, June 22, 2018

The Next Great Generation: Unlocking the hidden potential of Generation Z

We have been saturated in the past five years with tools, seminars, research, podcasts and literature on how to embrace the ever popular Millennial generation. The “Me” generation who lives by the YOLO mentality- you only live once. Many of us who have preceded the Millennial generation would agree that we are better equipped now than we were even three years ago on how to understand and lead the Millennial generation.

Well hold on guys, just when you think you have it all figured out, you may need to erase everything you have known about the Millenials and get prepared for the next generation, the Gen Zers! This is a generation that may have some similarities with their predecessors the Millennials, but are different in many ways. If we head into leading Generation Z with the same framework as the Millennials, we may have trouble ahead! 

As a business owner who employs, teaches and leads Generation Z, I feel it is important that we recognize three major differences, understand the ways that we can successfully connect with this new generation and then be able to maximize and unleash the potential of what I predict is going to be the next greatest generation.  So let’s take a journey into learning a little bit about Gen Z, learning this differences, getting the best tools to work with this generation and in turn unlock huge potential for all of us as business owners, leaders and teachers! 

One of the first things we need to know about Gen Z is when do they start. There is a gray area of when the Gen Zers actually start. Some researchers say Gen Z starts as early as 1996  but most data states that Gen Z are those kids born between 2000-2012. 

Three of the main differences and distinguishing traits of the Generation Z compared to Millennials are their conservative nature, entrepreneurship tendencies and their devotion to a life of purpose. 

Conservative Nature
Like Millennials, Generation Z is a generation of extreme diversity. However, unlike the Millennial generation that was born in the 90’s when America’s economy was expanding, the era was born and who were taught that “anything is possible” ,the Generation Zers experienced an economic recession, daily terrorism headlines, racial unrest, increase in gender confusion, unemployment and debt increase. These events have caused this generation to think more cautiously and more realistic. Many Gen Zers were born of parents of the Generation X who lived through the recession where they lost 40% of their net worth. 

We are going to see this next generation be more cautious and conservative in their spending as they have witnessed their siblings and their Gen X parents incur a large amount of financial debt. An interesting trend in this generation is a lower percentage going on to college. In a Huffington Post survey of Gen Zers, they reported that 75% of Gen Z feels there are other means of higher education than going to a four year college program. Currently we are experiencing a 5-10% decline in college enrollment in the past three years and many high school students graduating early and going right into the workforce. Gone are the days that colleges could use the message “Come Discover Yourself, Find yourself” This generation does not buy this. 

Entrepreneurial Mindset
Gen Z knows nothing other than a digital, social and mobile world. They have been immersed into this world from birth and they are very much products of the DIY (Do It Yourself) mentality. With their digital mindset, they are extremely intelligent and know how to get results quickly. In a recent Gallup poll, only 10% of the Millenials want to be entrepreneurs compared to 18% of Gen Zers. 

There is a common phenomenon in Gen Z that is called “Side Hustle.” This is a byproduct of how entrepreneurial minded this generation and how common it is for them to have additional jobs on the side.
Long are the days that starting your own business takes months, maybe years. Think about it, today you can hop on the internet, file for an LLC, create a logo, design a website and order business cards within a day. This “Side Hustle” is not an situation of this generation doing  either/ or but doing the job “and.” that job and they are not going to try to hide it. They have their main job or they are a student AND they have a Side Hustle. I have already seen this in several of my own students and my team of people who work in our business. 

Purpose Driven
The final difference of Gen Z that is important to note is that this is a generation who wants to prioritize purpose in their work. Unlike Millennials who are more driven by growth and a balanced lifestyle, the Gen Zers are looking to align with organizations with a purpose worth committing to. They are leaning toward more of the public and non-profit sectors in comparison to the Millenials who flood the private sector. Taking note of this purpose driven character trait becomes important as we lead and employ this younger generation.

Generation Z likes to make a difference and are looking to fill a void in the world. They are commonly referred to as “New Minds, Old Souls.”  This generation relates really well to the Baby Boomer generation, the largest generation ever that is slowly making its way out of the workforce as they are starting to retire. 

So how do we successfully connect with Gen Zers?
We must be authentic with this generation. They can see right through fluff. They are quick to call people out and though more respectful to their older generational leaders, they do not have an issue calling out any means of inauthenticity. We also need to remember to keep it short. This generation has strong filters and short attention spans. They have five screens going minimum at times. The key is to engage them within six seconds. This is how much time we have for them to make up their minds if they are going to engage with us. 

With this generation being entrepreneurially minded, we need to find ways to give them ownership in the creation process. We will find more success in guiding this generation from the side and letting them create.  We need to become navigators to help chart their direction and give advice. They value things they have discovered and we should push them to be creators, not consumers. Don’t think of informing them, think of interpreting. They don’t need knowledge from us, they need interpretation. This is key! We should pull, not push as we lead this generation. 

The final suggestion on how to connect with this generation is to be able to offer them a cause. These kids want to do something very important and have a higher purpose. All their life they have been told “WHAT” to do. We will be more successful with this generation if we explain the “WHY.” We will get a deeper engagement as they are a generation lead by their hearts . 

It is our duty as a leaders of Gen Z to unleash their potential and be aware of the amazing future our businesses, our communities and our world can have by taking the Gen Z strengths and combining them with strong core character values. I have witnessed in my teaching and leadership curriculum, amazing growth due to the simple exposure and awareness of timeless principles such as kindness, work ethic, giving, gratitude and excellence.  As leaders we are called to expose and surround this generation with these core values in order for them to be truly successful in today’s day and age. 

This is an exciting time and I am very hopeful that this Generation Z will be the next greatest generation of all times. Embrace them, lead them and create a legacy of young leaders who can make this world a better place!

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Ripple Effect - Coming Full Circle

There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the ripple effect that leadership can create, especially when it is with your students. Our Taking Shape STAR leadership program is in full force!

We are in the second year of existence with over 25 studios, clubs and organizations
throughout the United States, Canada, Haiti and even Aruba who are affiliate members
using the Taking Shape STAR leadership curriculum. Our mission continues to create a
young generation of leaders who impact others through strong character values and
community service.

This season, two of our Richmond area STAR leaders, Malori Chrisman and Isabella
Duffet, took their leadership training to the next level. In addition to being STAR Leaders
with our Taking Shape organization, they also are enrolled in a dual credit leadership
class in their high school. One of the course requirements was to create a project that
they were passionate about and would benefit the community.

Isabella and Malori took the initiative to design their own series of Chance to Dance classes that were held at the Richmond Shapes Dance and Acro Studio. Both girls took the ball and ran with the idea! They organized, marketed and taught a movement and exercise class for special needs adults in the Ray County area. They marketed the classes through social media, flyers and visiting group homes in the area, inviting qualified candidates to the free classes. The class format incorporated gross motor skills, balance, musicality and coordination. The class was taught monthly by both girls and averaged over 20 participants in each class.

The dual credit project for their high school completed in January, but now, several months
later, due to the popularity of the class and the value of service which these girls have
experienced, they have chosen to keep the program going until the end of the school year.

Taking Shape bases is curriculum on 5 points of the star; Trust, Serve, Love, Growth and
Excellence. These girls have taken “Serve” above and beyond and are true leaders as
they grow in character and cause a ripple effect of leadership in their own community.

Isabella Duffet comments on her experience with this leadership project, “ Teaching a
Chance to Dance class was so rewarding because dance has brought so much joy to
my life for so long and it was cool to share that joy with other people who don’t get
the opportunity to dance.”

Taking Shape is proud of the excellent example of servant leadership that these
two young ladies have portrayed.

This is our mission of our organization, to grow young leaders who impact others!
Our goal is to continue to raise up young leaders Here, Near and Far in order to
make the world a better place.It is working! We are on a mission! We will
continue to change lives!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas in Haiti - A Family Experience

Taking Shape continues it's mission of growing young leaders as our Taking Shape STAR leadership team traveled to Port au Prince, Haiti over Christmas break to finish the building project at Laphare Orphanage and school.  The overall project includes an expansion of the orphanage which will allow living space for the children and a closed in area where school can be conducted. 

Taking Shape will be launching their performing arts leadership camps in the summer of 2018 at Laphare Orphanage. Mission campers will be housed on site at the orphanage to experience an immersion of the culture as they conduct leadership and performing arts camps for children of the entire Port au Prince community. Taking Shape will continue it's vision to raise young leaders Here, Near and Far. Click Here to learn more about our upcoming camps! 

During a ceremony at the project site, Executive Director Tracey Wozny and project manager, Greg Lock receive an award on behalf of Taking Shape for the work the foundation is doing for the community.