Student Speak


STUDENT SPEAK • RAQUEL L. • TEAM PINK MONKEY

“At first, the program seemed a little, well, pointless. I didn’t see the point in making a bag for an already successful company. I even felt a little used. But as the days went on, I started to notice how well my group would communicate. Our actions were thought out and planned before-hand. The more we acted like a team, the more fun the activities became. By the end of it all, we saw an idea of ours become a reality when the bags we, yes we, designed were presented to us. The experience was surreal. I couldn’t believe what was once a simple little doodle became a product. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else.”


STUDENT SPEAK • SHAMMS K. • TEAM WONDER

“In True Fashion is an amazing group of people coming together to create mesmerizing bags. You do not have to be a super star to own a JAMAH bag. You just have to be you!”


STUDENT SPEAK • RACHAEL J. • TEAM WONDER

“In True Fashion is a great program that has helped me to express my creativity. I am able to do so by creating a JAMAH handbag. This process has let great designers and great minds go to work to create a product that people will love.”


STUDENT SPEAK • WILL R. • TEAM R.U.F.F.

“I love In True Fashion!”

“I just wanted to thank you again. Our class really appreciated today, and we are eager to see which bag wins.”


STUDENT SPEAK • BREEYA W. • TEAM R.U.F.F.

“In True Fashion has taught me all the necessary basics to starting a business. I am grateful that they volunteer their time by taking us to their factory, bringing in different materials to design a bag and are also opening our minds to more creative things.”


STUDENT SPEAK • JOSEPH M. • TEAM STVARNO

“I find this to be an interesting time in my school year and very different from other schools that I came from. In True Fashion is very interactive and we are also being creative with ourselves. Some might think it’s a waste of time to makes bags in class, but in the future one of these students will become a new business man or woman that will rule the world. Class with In True Fashion can be fun even when Mondays are such a drag.”

This was a creative time during a stressful 12th grade year. I was a little excited for In True Fashion and looked forward to being in that class. I have never designed a world class, elegant and very professional bag that will be sold for a large amount of money. A lot of optimism was put into play while making the bag.”


STUDENT SPEAK • RIGO E. • TEAM G BAG

“Every Monday brings a unique air of creativity and applied learning. Following a briefing of what is to come each group announces their progress and goals. Then the rest of the class goes and does their assigned work. As the marketer in my group, I’m always excited to see what is yet another new aspect that I have not analyzed or even noticed in the process of unveiling a product and promoting it. Every Monday every student in that room is inspired to help their group win, and ultimately, enable themselves and others to develop into citizens who have been equipped to be productive and creative.”

“Considering any outsiders view of what In True Fashion does and represents, anyone could assume just what an amazing woman Nancy is. From the minute one’s eyes lock with hers, one feels an immense feeling of joy and pride knowing that Nancy is working along with you. Her dedication to the students in the In True Fashion program is unforgettable as even the simplest of actions, a smile, can encourage an entire class to leave behind their shell of uncertainty and move forward to gain valuable skills and acknowledge self worth.”

“As a student living in a low income community, I recognize the undisputable need for reinforcement in a school setting. Confidence, along with the ability to overcome social stigmas and knowing how to use one’s talent to take on the world, are key points one can extract from the In True Fashion program. Nancy Gale, with JAMAH’s In True Fashion, mentors students to explore areas that have not been nurtured; areas that with proper attention can led to successful futures. Students learn to be all they can be in order to better themselves, their communities and impact the world in the most efficient of ways. Utilizing a hands-on approach, Nancy’s natural aptitude for encouragement and guidance inspires students to reach beyond their base realm of comfort. Fellow pupils in the program are continually using skills derived from participating in collaboration, networking and even designing. Exposure to the program Nancy is working so diligently on, In True Fashion, would not only impact the current youth, but would echo across generations. This is because the purpose of the program is to foster the capacity to take initiative. People will be inspired to take hold of their hopes and begin the journey to carve their dreams into reality.”


STUDENT SPEAK • SHARAREH S. • TEAM PATCH

“In True Fashion has been so inspiring to me. I love the creativity of making the bag. The bag is created with the group. I enjoy working with others and learning new things everyday about the bags. This is a great experience.”

“In True Fashion has been the most wonderful thing that has happened in Economics class. The class is enjoyable and I enjoy coming to class. The JAMAH bags are wonderful and I hope to own one soon.”


STUDENT SPEAK • EMILY N. • TEAM PINK MONKEY

“Every Monday In True Fashion visits our Economics class. We learn about design aspects, teamwork and various aspects of business. As a result I tap into the designer in me. Our goal is to design bags that may one day become part of the line for JAMAH. Currently, I work with my team to make this happen. I have never designed a purse before so this will definitely be an interesting experience for me.”

“Working with my group has been a positive experience so far. They have various great ideas and it is fun incorporating those ideas into a creation we all agree on. I am excited about the ending result of our bag. Being a designer has its perks. I may not be the best artist, but I know what I would like to see in a bag or a purse. I look forward to seeing all the designs of the other groups in my class. I’m sure they are all unique.”

“Working with Nancy has been an overall positive and enlightening experience. She is friendly and helpful, and she deserves all the praise she can get. I want to thank her and In True Fashion for such a memorable time.“


STUDENT SPEAK • SHAVONTAE S. • TEAM G BAG

“So far my experience with In True Fashion has been cool. I enjoy the project where we have to create our own bag and how each team is broken up into a group of finance, marketing and design. The project is useful and interesting.”


STUDENT SPEAK • TYLER G. • TEAM G BAG

“I have enjoyed my experience with In True Fashion. I like using my creativity to create a bag that could possibly be manufactured. My favorite experience so far was the visit to the factory where my peers and I were able to see where the bags are made and see the process it requires to create a high fashion bag.”


HEARD IN THE CLASSROOM

Luis feels it’s important to buy American and Will had a great idea to contact Oprah about In True Fashion and JAMAH . . . will the students follow their lead?

Students have been working on their designs and shared their thoughts about their progress . . .

“The best thing is the way we worked together.”
“Brainstorming and business planning with my group.”
“Being creative.”
“It looks like something I would buy.”
“I feel like I’ve seen this many times before and think we need to spice it up.”
“We need to communicate better.”

After discussing the importance of identifying your big picture, the students shared some of their own . . .

“Stay true to myself.”
“Complete college.”
“Make the winning bag for the contest.” (From Team Stvarno)
“To be able to stand on my own and help others stand on their own.”
“Freedom of expression and creativity.”
“Financial stability.”
“Give back.”
“Innovative thinking.”
“Reliable friends.”
“The ability to succeed.”
“Independence.”

And ways to pursue their big picture . . .

“Do well in school.”
“Find a mentor.”
“Be open to new ideas.”
“Go to college.”
“Take action.”
“Set goals.”
“Stay organized.”
“Always follow through.”
“Listen.”
“Promote diplomacy in teamwork.”
“Perserverance.”
“Be who you are.”

When asked what inspires them, the students shared a variety of designers, business moguls and company identities . . .

Steve Jobs
Target
Chanel
Nike
Gucci
Starbucks
Jay-Z
Hurley
Oprah
Coca-Cola
Prada
Got Milk?
Russell Simons
Dove
Richard Branson
Louis Vuitton
P. Diddy
JAMAH . . . looks like Sharareh shot to first place in the classroom contest!
Bill Gates
Coach
McDonald’s

When the forbidden phrase ‘No, but’ is overheard by a student his or her team will be subjected to a challenge, including pitching media to cover In True Fashion, setting up a 1-day business and fundraising. In effort to avoid this, students came up with alternatives . . .

“Yes, and”
“Have you considered . . .”
“Can you explain further?”
“What if . . .”
“How about . . .”


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