ASHLEY HUNTER: GROWING, BLOOMING IN HARLEM
My name is Ashley Hunter and I am one of the board members and instructors for exPOLEration. exPOLEration is a nonprofit organization that provides pole fitness classes to women in shelters to give them an opportunity to work out, have some “me time” and be challenged both mentally and physically, while they are rebuilding their lives after a traumatic experience.
I’m been volunteering at a shelter in Harlem for the past three years. I applied to the L.I.V.E. program because I didn’t know where to start or possess the confidence in developing a nonprofit from the work I’ve been doing as a volunteer. Among my goals for the end of L.I.V.E. was to have a name for the business, which I’ve accomplished — yay! I also want to incorporate the business, establish a defined mission and vision statement, write the bylaws, and develop a way to track the progress of the women who take the classes.
I think I have three big challenges: one is I often am overthinking the process; second, I am putting too much pressure on myself to be perfect and; third is my struggle in developing self-discipline to function without someone looking over me. My Activation Advisor is helping me stay in the moment and focus on doing what I can each day. Half way through this program my “aha” moment was putting a name to this project. The name exPOLEration gives my idea life, a life that’s going to take time and effort to grow and bloom.
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