Twenty-Four Graduate from Gulf Coast Leadership Institute
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Twenty-four emerging community leaders from across the region graduated last week from the 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. The group made up the 14th class to complete Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s long-running leadership-development initiative. Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the training and provided all resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit our region through community service. Unlike many civic leadership programs that aim to educate participants about community institutions and processes, Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is structured to help community-minded individuals develop their own leadership knowledge and capacity so they can more effectively serve their communities. At the same time, the Institute connects participants from diverse backgrounds into a tight-knit group of skilled, action-oriented leaders.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has selected 24 participants from across the region for its 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.
Published: April 18, 2019
The class members will take part in seven training sessions from late April through late June conducted by the acclaimed Leadership Development Institute of Eckerd College. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to use their new skills to benefit the community.
Among the 24 participants selected for the 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute is
Olympia Baylou, Owner/Founder, Blooming Impressions FL.
Blooming Impressions partner with Kappa Alpha Psi to offer minority youth a way to learn skills and gain self-esteem.
by: Shane Donglasan Community Reporter Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018
Students from Sarasota and Manatee counties are spending their Saturday morning learning lessons not typically taught in the classroom. On Sept. 8, teens ages 13 to 19 gathered at the CinéBistro at Westfield Siesta Key mall to start an eight-week life skills program presented by Blooming Impressions, an organization offering personal development courses. The first lesson was focused on self-esteem and empowerment. In the coming weeks, the teens will learn about etiquette, personal care, public speaking and financial literacy.
“These students start off with a desire and eagerness to understand things they can’t learn at school,” said Olympia Baylou, founder of Blooming Impressions. “By the end of the program, we see them gain an immense amount of confidence.”
The Sarasota Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, a group of minority men committed to youth development, sponsored 10 African-American students participating in the Blooming Impressions program.
“There’s a need for African-American students and also low socioeconomic kids for a program like this,” said Keenan Wooten, board chair of the fraternity’s Project Guide Right Foundation.“We had to act on that. This is where it starts with grassroots organizations and taking it to another level.”
Keiandra and Ku’tur Williams are brother and sister who are two of the students sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi. They both said they are looking forward to improving their communication skills.
“Self-empowerment is important to me because I want to be the best for my future,” said Keiandra Williams.
BAY AREA TEENS LEARN ETIQUETTE, DEVELOP LIFE SKILLS IN NEW PROGRAM
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity sponsored a group of ten minority teenagers for the Blooming Impressions program that focuses on personal development and life skills. (Angie Angers, staff)
By Angie Angers Hillsborough County September 9, 2018 @9:33 AM
TAMPA, Fla. -- A group of teens are spending their Saturday mornings this Fall learning lessons that are not usually taught in the classroom.
Bay area teens learn etiquette, life skills in new program
Blooming Impressions program sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi
Classes take place weekly at 9 a.m.
The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity sponsored a group of ten minority teenagers for the Blooming Impressions program that focuses on personal development and life skills.
Two of the teens taking part are Bayshore High School students Keiandra and Kuter Williams. While the sister and brother say the program was mentioned to them by a teacher, they wanted to come be a part of it.
"I want to set myself up for a future," Kuter said.
The latest session of the program launched on Sept. 8 at Cinebistro in Siesta Key. The first lesson was focused on self-esteem and empowerment. In the coming weeks the teens will learn table etiquette, public speaking skills, and how to handle their finances.
Their father, Keith Williams, was there to support the duo.
“They grasp it better coming from someone else, because they feel like the parent is always just hard on them," he said.
Classes take place weekly at 9 a.m.
PRESS RELEASE & INVITATION
BLOOMING IMPRESSIONS GRADUATION CEREMONY
Sarasota, Fl. – March 12, 2018
Ten minority teenagers will graduate from the Blooming Impressions personal development and leadership training program on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The ceremony will be held at CinéBistro - Siesta Key, at 9:00 A.M. Media representatives are encouraged to arrive by 8:40 A.M.
This transformative eight week etiquette program is offered to young males and females seeking to cultivate their physical and intellectual beauty. It provides training in sixteen areas: self esteem, empowerment, health, beauty, dress attire, public speaking, social etiquette, table etiquette, finance are included in the training.
Most of this session’s graduates are sponsored by KAPPA ALPHA PSI fraternity, a group of minority men committed to youth development. Blooming Impressions is a Sarasota based enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life for pre-teens, teens and young adults. Its founder, Olympia Baylou, is a local grade school teacher who has identified a need not met within prescribed public education curricula.
BLOOMING IMPRESSIONS’ GRAND OPENING IN SARASOTA
Sarasota, FL. – August 18, 2017. Blooming Impressions will kick off their eight week program with a grand opening, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at CineBistro – Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Each visitor will meet the founder of Blooming Impressions, here more about the exciting eight week program, and receive a fabulous gift bag. Olympia Baylou, Founder of Blooming Impressions, created Blooming Impressions to cultivate the intellectual and physical beauty of its participants, through specifically designed sessions, which will create self-confidence, personal growth and radiance.
GRAND OPENINGS: Blooming Impressions
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at 2:01 AM
Blooming Impressions, a business that will offer training in health, beauty, poise, empowerment, etiquette and finance, has been founded by Olympia Baylou to create self-confidence, growth and radiance.
Blooming Impressions will offer its first eight-week course beginning in August. It is available to teen and post-teen males and females.
BLOOMING IMPRESSIONS FL PROVIDES 15 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS.
Open application start: Monday, July 3, 2017
Sarasota, FL. – June 28, 2017
In order to introduce Blooming Impressions to Sarasota
and the surrounding communities, Blooming Impressions FL, LLC is offering fifteen scholarship
awards, each worth $1370, to assist young men and women who have a desire to attend our
transformative eight week programs. Each of the three upcoming programs will have five
available scholarship awards. The scholarship application will be available on our website,
starting July 3rd, 2017, with a deadline of Wednesday, August 7, 2017.
Blooming Impressions seeks to develop individuals beyond the traditional classroom,
through specifically designed eight week programs. The programs feature sessions in health,
exercise, beauty, self esteem, empowerment, table and general etiquette, financial literacy and much more.
June 15-June 21, 2017
BLOOMING IMPRESSIONS LAUNCHES BEAUTY, REFINEMENT AND POISE TRAINING IN SARASOTA
Sarasota, FL. – May 16, 2017. Blooming Impressions will offer its first 2017 training program beginning on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The eight-week course provides training in the areas of health, beauty, poise, empowerment, etiquette, finance and much more. It is available to teen and post-teen males and females. Olympia Baylou, Founder of Blooming Impressions, created Blooming Impressions to cultivate the intellectual and physical beauty of its participants, through specifically designed sessions, which will create self-confidence, personal growth and radiance. The website bloomingimpressionsfl.com was created to allow each online visitor an opportunity to preview the upcoming arrival of this new and exciting training program.
For more information contact: Olympia Baylou