This week we introduced the Sew Powerful Purse Distribution video to two teen girls. After they share their own school experiences and promising futures, our guests give us their take on the video. They express empathy for the challenges the schoolgirls in Zambia face, expressing encouragement for them. Our guests may be the youngest to date, but you will appreciate their maturity and compassion for girls living in very difficult circumstances.
Teen Insights into Sew Powerful with Corinne and Carly
IN THIS EPISODE
high school, cheer, dance, career prep, Baylor University, sign language, Zambia, Sew Powerful, favorite subjects, grade, Nana Camp, future plans, extracurricular activities, disorders, part-time job, purses, stay in school
We are Sew Powerful, How a Global Community of Seamstresses Is Changing Zambia One Girl at A Time, 2nd edition. By Jason G. Miles and Cinnamon, © 2016 & 2020 Jason G. Miles and Cinnamon, all rights reserved.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baylor University: https://www.baylor.edu/csd/
Sew Powerful purse pattern: https://www.sewpowerful.org/collections/purse-pattern
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Host: Jan Cancila
Guest: Corinne and Carly
Jan Cancila, Host 00:04
Welcome to the Sew Powerful podcast. This is your host, Jan Cancila. You know the sound of my sewing machine means it's time for another episode. So, let's get started.
Hello Sew Powerful podcast listeners. Today we are going to look at Sew Powerful through the eyes of two very charming, smart and wise teens. We're going to talk about their busy High School lives in Austin, Texas, and their plans for their futures. Both girls have recently viewed the Sew Powerful seven-minute purse distribution video, we're going to get their impression of what they saw, and how they relate to the girls and Zambia a world away from their very different lives. Oh, and these two teens are my adorable granddaughters Corinne and Carly. Hi, Corinne and Carly. How are you?
I'm good, too. How are you?
Oh, fantastic. It's wonderful to see you. And I'm so glad that you agreed to do this. Let's get some background information. Where are you? Where are we talking to you from?
Austin, Texas. Okay, and Corrine start with you. What grade are you in?
I'm a senior in high school.
And when are you going to be graduating? But it's your graduation date?
Yes. sort of embedded in your mind there. And Carly, what about you? What grade are you in?
I'm a sophomore in high school.
Yeah. Okay. And Carly, what is your most and least favorite subjects?
I would say that my favorite subject is probably math because I'm really good at it. And it like for me like I can understand it well. And my least favorite subject would probably be maybe history because it already happened, and I can't understand it that well.
It's a it's a lot of memorization.
Yeah, true. And in Corinne, what about you? What subject do you like best and least?
My favorite subjects are probably science and history. And then I'd say, I don't know. I don't really have a least favorite maybe math, but it's not like I hate math. It just, it takes a little longer for me.
So you two have like the exact opposites of favorites and least favorites.
Corinne and Carly 02:34
That's amazing. That is amazing. Okay, so Carly, why don't you tell us what extra-curricular activities do you participate in in high school?
I'm in varsity cheer. And that consists of a lot of practices. Every day I go to the school. And at my last period of class every day is cheer. And sometimes a lot after school practices. We do a lot of things for our community, and we really just yeah help our school spirit.
Yeah, you do. I've seen Carly cheer and do still get up on top of the pyramid. What do they call that when you go up there?
Yeah. What is that called?
Flying? Yes. You're a flier. All right, and Corinne, what extracurricular activities do you participate in?
So, for my extracurriculars, I'm a dancer. I'm on the dance team at my high school. I used to dance competitively outside of school as well. But my junior year, I decided to focus on school spirit, and you know just really having a good bond with the people that I actively engage with that school. So.
Oh, very busy girls, and your grades are good? Both of you?
Corinne and Carly 03:47
Yes. Very good grades. all right.
All A's. That's fantastic. Okay, tell our listeners a little bit about some really fun activity that I got to do with you for about four or five summers when you were younger, called Nana Camp. Do you remember Nana Camp?
Corinne and Carly 04:05
Yes, I love Nana Camp. Loved.
Such a fun time in the summer. I would always look forward to we got to have t shirts and hats and all this fun stuff. And we would do stuff for charity every single time. And we would do fun things like going to NASA or going to the zoo. And we went to the Children's Museum.
I remember taking a sewing class. She definitely taught me how to sew and I love doing that with her. So that was always fun.
One of my favorite memories is always getting to come home with a blanket at the end that we would sew some of it ourselves
Or make a bag or whatever it is that we wanted to make. She always let us pick.
Do you remember anything with animals and exercising? A little hint.
Oh my gosh, we did goat yoga one year.
Corinne and Carly 04:56
Wow it was so fun.
I still have those pictures saved on my phone.
So do I.
Those baby goats were so cute.
That just came up on my like memories.
I know, goat yoga is something I never thought I would do. Now, Corinne, you have a part time job. But that's also part of your high school curriculum, right?
Yes. So I'm in a really, really amazing program through my high school called Career Prep. So basically, I am allowed one off period in my school schedule. And I have one period design in my schedule, where we learn about like, how to present yourself in an interview, and how to prepare for an interview, and you know, how to apply for scholarships and how to take the initiative at work. And my teacher goes and talks to my manager, and it's part of my grade to do well at work. And I'm required to work 15 hours a week. And it's been a really good way for me to learn the value of money and appreciate my money and how I want to spend it and how I want to save it, and how much things cost as well as like being prompt and on time. And this is what you should wear to an interview. This is how you should interact in a way that's more professional and less kind of the way that you're treated in a school environment.
And what is your job? What do you do for your part time job?
So my part time job, I am a hostess at a local Italian restaurant. Yeah.
And is that fun?
Oh, yeah, I love my job. I work with some really, really amazing people. And yeah, I love my job.
Now, what are your plans for when you graduate, Corinne?
I plan to attend Baylor University next fall. And I'm really excited about that.
And what you plan to study?
I plan to study Communication Sciences and Disorders on the pre-med track, which is basically like children or adults who have speech impairments or disorders, whether they're born with it, or maybe they were in like a car accident, and then something like that. And it's basically the way that you retrain your brain to speak and so helping other people with that, and I'm really interested on the focus of sign language and working with deaf children. I want to take that and apply that to medicine in any way that I can.
Cool. And Carly know you're only a sophomore right now. But do you have any career or college aspirations? Or have you been thinking about that?
Yes, I definitely want to get into a good college and go somewhere. I have absolutely no clue where I want to go. I don't currently have a job because cheer for me is really busy. It involves a lot of before school and after school activities. And so, I really just don't have time for a job without overworking myself and not being able to leave room for studying. But if I did get one I don't know what it would be.
Okay, well, that's good. Well, you have time to figure that out.
Okay, well, let's talk a little bit about the Sew Powerful video. So, it's a seven-minute video. And for listeners who haven't watched it, you can find it on our YouTube channel and just search on Sew Powerful Purse Distribution. It's a seven-minute video. And Corinne and Carly have both watched it. And it shows girls in Zambia being told in their health class that they're going to be getting the Sew Powerful purse that contains reusable feminine hygiene supplies, underwear and soap. And the girls are they're pretty excited to hear that news, aren't they girls?
Corinne and Carly 08:47
It was such an amazing thing.
So when you first turn on the video, and you hear all this cheering and clapping, what did you think was happening?
Well, since I know a little bit about the Sew Powerful movement, and kind of what it was, I assumed that they were going to get purses because we've helped make some of those before. But I just really, like it warms your heart, to know that those people are getting things that make them so excited and happy.
Right? Because for them, it was the difference of being able to go to school or have to stay home, right?
Corinne and Carly 09:21
Mm hmm. Yeah.
Yeah. And you know, I can hear from talking to you how important school is for you for your education, for your future, for your extracurricular activities, for your friends. I mean, all of it. And without the supplies in those purses that's not an option for those girls. Right?
Yeah, yeah. It's really, really incredible that they're able to get that.
Yeah. And were you surprised to know that there were parts of the world where girls were having to stay home from school on their period?
Yeah, that's insane. I can't imagine not being able to go to school when I was on my period that would be life changer, I would fall so behind so fast.
Yeah, yeah. And, you know, the simple thing that they were getting compared to how excited they were, what did that mean to you? What did you see in that?
It really puts you in perspective, like, if we got a purse with like, some pads in it, that'd be like, Oh, this is so helpful. But for them, it's like a life changing thing. Like that, that affects their entire future. For us. It's just, it affects maybe like, two or three months, but for them that affects their entire life and their future, and the plans that they have for themselves.
Yeah. And so, you know, we've seen the girls who have gotten the supplies now be able to finish their education. And in Zambia, you have to pass a test in seventh grade, to be able to continue your education. And if you don't pass, then you can't go on. So, seventh grade is the highest you can get. And not being able to go to school, you can imagine how hard it would be to pass the test, because you just haven't been in school to get it. So
And you know, the other thing that happens is that we employ the moms to make the pads so that they have a job to help support their family. So that's all part of it. What kind of encouragement would you give the girls? I mean, they seem pretty excited about being in school. What could you offer them in terms of encouragement to keep going?
It's definitely like a battle for them, just like it is for everyone else. And like a period never feels good. But I think knowing that they can have those products will just make them feel so much better. And if I could give some words of encouragement, it would definitely be just like, you know, focus on school now that you can and really focus on the positive side of life.
That's fantastic. Well, thank you so much for your time. I have to say, I never asked the ages of my guests, but I'm going to make an exception here. So, Corinne, how old are you?
Yeah, so words of wisdom from our younger generation. And the empathy that you two extend to the girls that live very different lives is just very heartwarming, and I appreciate that you did that. So thank you so much. And I never say this to my guests, but I love you.
Corinne and Carly 12:25
I love you too.
And, and, and I'm going to see you tomorrow, so I'm very excited about that.
Corinne and Carly 12:31
So so excited.
So thank you for being a guest on the Sew Powerful podcast.
Corinne and Carly 12:37
No problem. Thanks for having us as your guest.
Okay, bye bye. Bye.
If what you've heard today inspires you to want to make a difference. I urge you to explore the Sew Powerful website at www.sewpowerful.org That's SEWPOWERFUL dot ORG. The website has great information about the organization. It's where you can download the free purse patterns, or even make a donation. We hope you will join us again next week when we bring you another Sew Powerful story. Thanks for listening. Now, go out and have a Sew Powerful day.
ABOUT THE HOST
Jan Cancila has been making purses for Sew Powerful since 2014. She serves the organization as Director, Global Volunteerism, as the Region 8 Chapter Manger. She was a public speaking major at Hanover College and holds an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. Jan had a 25-year career with The Coca-Cola Company before owning and operating a linen and party rental business in Houston. She is married with two grown sons, a lovely daughter in law and two remarkable granddaughters. Jan’s published work includes more than 100 online articles for Examiner.com. Reach Jan with comments or suggestions at email@example.com