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The Gift of BABES Keeps Giving

Article written by Crystal Mayo Babes Special Projects, Media

When BethAnne FitzPatrick called BABESWORLD Home last month inquiring about the purchase of some training videos and began to share her Babes journey, I literally got goose bumps.

I placed her call on speaker for Founder Reverend Dr. Lottie Jones Hood to listen in. Less than one minute into the conversation, I glanced over at Reverend Lottie with a reassuring look that the 40 year Babes journey is still on track and the magic of Babes is still very much alive after 17 years. Continue reading The Gift of BABES Keeps Giving

Second Graders Joyously Embrace the BABES Philosophy

It may have been the morning of Halloween which was evident from the variety of costumes seen from seat-to- seat in Mama Bey’s classroom, but for this particular classroom session attention wasn’t on the evening’s candy bounty, but on the BABES presenters.

“They aren’t just excited today about the program, but they talk about it all week and are always asking when are the ‘BABES people’ coming back,” remarked Timbuktu teacher Mama Bey*. Continue reading Second Graders Joyously Embrace the BABES Philosophy

Pastor Reflects on Turning Sermon Over to BABES Puppets

At BABESWORLD some things never grow old like that April 9 th Sunday when the BABES characters actually delivered the Word before the congregation at New Bride Missionary Baptist Church on Detroit’s Eastside. Seven months later, whenever the conversation comes up, folks are (still) curious about the details, tickled at the thought of seven furry puppets at the pulpit and most are inquisitive as to what made Pastor A. Ayler make this decision. Continue reading Pastor Reflects on Turning Sermon Over to BABES Puppets

BABES Latest Journey to Malta, in the Mediterannean

The BABES Club has finally completed their recent journey to Malta, to join with our long-time presenter Ms. Elizabeth Scerri at The Foundation for Social Welfare Services, a BABES Family Member for over 15 years. The request for their appearance began on March 15, 2017 and was finally completed three months later. The first challenge was to convert UDI Chips to US currency, which Myth Mary said that “the lady down the street said it couldn’t be done.” But, Honk! Honk! replied Early Bird “People who give up easily, may find themselves changing jobs frequently”. Continue reading BABES Latest Journey to Malta, in the Mediterannean

BABES at Worship at New Bride Church

Three of our newest presenters from the Building a BABES Community in Mack Alive training, Mother Mary Guy, Mercelle Maxwell and Nadine Rivers, brought the BABES at Worship program to New Bride Missionary Baptist Church on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017. Their Pastor, Rev. Gary A. Ayler was kind enough to sacrifice his sermon time so that BABESWORLD could present Lower Elementary Lesson 1, Looking Good and Feeling Fine! Continue reading BABES at Worship at New Bride Church

On the Road with BABESWORLD

Greetings BABES Family Members! The BABES-MOBILE has just made it back from traveling to conferences on Suicide Prevention in Roscommon, Michigan and The National Park Services’ Annual Underground Railroad Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Both trips were to further enhance our knowledge on these subjects, as we have newer curriculum in these areas.

The BABES Aboard the Underground Railroad Curriculum, featuring Blindy Bloodhound, was released in 2005. The first story, Knowing Who You Are and Whose You Are, builds on the principles of self-image and feelings.

Our Suicide Prevention Story, There Really is Another Way!, was released in 2016 and features Rhonda Rabbit overcoming despair with help from the BABES Club and others. Both stories were written by our founder, Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones Hood and capture the warmth and joy of the BABES program.

Building A BABES Community with Mack Alive!

A wonderful training was hosted at BABESWORLD Home on March 20-22, 2017 with sixteen new presenters joining our BABES Family. The focus of the training was Building a BABES Community with Mack Alive! The mission of The Mack Alive community is “to enhance the growth and development of the east side of Detroit through comprehensive programs and services that educate, empower and elevate the entire community.  Through the advancement of our mission, we envision a safe community that is economically sound, healthy and vibrant.” As you can see above, some of the participants are gathered around Myth Mary’s Tree House, practicing their first presentation of a BABES lesson. Continue reading Building A BABES Community with Mack Alive!

BABESWORLD and Mack Alive!: Building a BABES Community Breakfast

The morning of Tuesday, February 28, 2017 was filled with joy and laughter as Mack Alive joined BABESWORLD for a delicious breakfast, at The Golightly Career and Technological Center in Detroit. The program opened with an introduction by former Michigan State Representative, Wayne County Commission, and City Council Member, Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, followed by a description of the program by our founder and leader, Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones Hood. In attendance were Yvonne Knox, BABES Angel and Board Member, representatives from Detroit Public Schools and Mentoring Programs, who learned of the strength and values brought to children through the BABES program. The event concluded with the BABES Body Puppets dancing to the BABESWORLD theme song, found at the beginning of this newsletter. This breakfast was held to recruit participants for our upcoming training on March 20-22, on Building a BABES Community with Mack Alive and also with Fort Beaufort in South Africa. More details will be found in next month’s issue of BABES Around the World, stay tuned!

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