You Night's Signature Runway Empowerment Experience
The impact from the fall-out from cancer is far-reaching, and typically, the only people who can truly understand the on-going struggles, aches, pains, fears, and body changes are other survivors. You will hear survivors say that they want to be around people who "get it". This is the essence of what our runway training program is all about. We offer empowering group experiences to help women embrace life beyond cancer. Women who are given the opportunity to find their purpose and passion after having cancer can pay it forward to others who are struggling.
We know that women who enter our program aren't actually training to go into professional modeling (although many of them certainly should after gaining the empowering skills that would certainly qualify them!). Rather, what we are accomplishing is bringing women together to create an incredible support network that lasts long after the runway training program. Instead of treating this like a traditional cancer support group - participants get the opportunity to learn and grow, while also having fun and learning new skills.
Presently, we are accepting applications for women who live in New Orleans or St Tammany Parish. Participants are gifted with the empowerment program, made possible by sponsors and donations to the We Lift You Up fund. If you would like your city to have the You Night Runway Program, please write us.
A comfort zone is a comfortable place, but nothing ever grows there.
The You Night Runway Training Program is a six month curriculum (12 mandatory meetings/training sessions), outlined below:
I was skeptical. I thought, "How is dressing up in fancy clothes, and practicing walking and making silly videos going to help ME?"
I was so miserable that I couldn't see a possible way to feel better. I hated myself and everyone around me. A member of You Night called me one day and asked me to just show up and trust her. The last thing I wanted to do was be around a bunch of people I didn't know. It took me several meetings and practices to start to trust. A few people attempted to break down my ice queen wall and for that I am thankful. Little by little I could feel myself forming bonds with the other ladies. These are friends I would have never met if I wouldn't have had cancer. These ladies helped me see the positive of our situations. I will forever more have a lasting bond with them. Lately, I have been told by several friends and co-workers that they can see a change in me. They can see a sparkle that hasn't been there in a while. I have to attribute that to my You Night sisters. I was wrong about not needing this organization. I needed to be around people that just "got it." Watching everyone be sassy and confident has done wonders for my aching soul. So thank you, You Night, for calling me just one more time. I needed this more than I knew.
You Night St Tammany Class of 2017
"As soon as I put myself out there and shared my cancer story, my life began to change. I began holding myself to a higher standard.
This experience changed the way I view myself as a woman by absolutely having to ignore that fearful voice and start speaking and living my truth. And as soon as I put myself (my cancer story) out there, my life started to change. I simply hold myself to a higher standard when it comes to the way I talk about my cancer survivorship to others. And that new way of talking about me as a cancer survivor leaked into the way I talked to myself. I actually start smiling when I see myself in the mirror. With You Night experience I have made shifts in how I handle things going forward. I speak up when a situation doesn’t feel right. I stand a little stronger every day. And now I can breathe a great big sigh of relief and say, “Finally” – I am a women who understands and Beat Cancer! Thanks to You Night for the Empowering Experience!
You Night New Orleans Class of 2016