Vivica A. Fox, Kenyon Martin, And Chantelle Anderson Lean Back To Help Youth
Former WNBA player Chantelle Anderson knows how difficult it can be for little girls to develop into confident women. That’s why she launched Call Me Miss, an online space where girls can “make sense out of all life’s craziness.” With the help of Dream Flights International’s Social Innovation program, Chantelle has been able to expand her reach and when we reached out to her she told us she’s just getting started.
What sparked the creation of Call Me Miss?
Call me miss is an idea I’ve had for a while. I started blogging under the name and it grew from there. The more I started speaking out, the more young women I had reaching out saying, “can you mentor me” or asking me, “what do you think about this?” and asking me a ton of life questions. I’ve always had a passion to help young women get through things that were really hard for me as I was growing up so I thought, I don’t have time to mentor all of these people individually, but how can I leverage that interest and help people in the process? So Call Me Miss morphed into what will be this lifestyle brand, mentoring program, empowerment community.
It was just me seeing that there was a need. I actually started mentoring a young lady and I saw the difference it made it her life and I thought, how can I do this on a bigger scale and affect more people in a positive way? One of the things that’s really important to me is how women are represented and the influences that we are fed and I don’t think there’s a ton of good influences and people to look up to as the total package so I wanted to create that, especially for Black women.
How did Dream Flights come into the picture?
I spoke to Anthony Thurston about their social innovation concept which is amazing. I love that they are taking a service that a very small percentage of the population can afford and using that to affect the rest of the population for the better and that’s really inspiring and amazing. For every purchase, they donate a percentage of the profits back to these charitable organizations that they believe are changing the world for the better. Their mission is to fly the world to change the world. I’m blessed to be one of those organizations that they donate back to and I’m looking forward to what this branding partnership turns into.
Where do you see Call Me Miss in 20 years?
I just released my first book under Call Me Miss, it’s called Visible Confidence and it tells people seven steps to confidence that everyone can try so I would like to release more books under Call Me Miss. I have workshop planned for early next month with a group of teenage girls. I’m partnering with a magazine in Houston to write a column and really build the brand. Eventually, I see conferences, I see workshops for specific organizations. I want to do cruises. The goal is to be a go-to for women who want to be their best and take control of their life, but at the same time may need a little bit of help, direction, and support. To have a community base where we can support each other all over the country and eventually all over the world.
How do you encourage the girls you mentor to give back?
I believe that everything we do in life starts with our perception of ourselves so the better we can build ourselves up, the more we’re gong to change the world. So I encourage girls to have a very concisous mindset: This is who I am and when I grow it will be who I was so I need to center around people who are who I was. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger and I will always encourage young women to be that person for someone who is younger or in a position they used to be in.
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