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Megan Davison is the Chicago Editor for Miss A. She is a 23 year old living on the south side of Chicago. Megan recently moved to Chicago from the East Coast after having graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in May 2012. During her time in D.C. she received her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Megan is currently serving as a Lasallian Volunteer, working in fundraising and communications for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. She lives in community with 8 Christian Brothers and two volunteers. Megan loves coaching and tutoring the students of San Miguel Middle School in Back of the Yards.

Currently, Megan writes and explores the city of Chicago as much as she can! She has found that the best way to do that is running! Whether it’s up Michigan Avenue towards the Loop, over to Bridgeport, or down to the lakefront; running is the best way to take in the city and get a little workout in. Megan loves thrift shopping all over the city and scoring new finds at unique stores. While she has enjoyed deep-dish pizza, she still loves her thin crust! She loves coffee, reading the personal journal section of The Wall Street Journal.

Recap: Reverend Doctor Lena McLin Honored At Focus Life Gala

On Tuesday, June 4, I had the absolute privilege to attend the Life Directions Focus Life Gala at the South Shore Cultural Center to honor Dr. Lena McLin.

Life Directions originated in Detroit, Michigan in the early 1970s, and over time expanded to cities such as Chicago, Tuscon, San Antonio and New Orleans. The premise of the program is to have “peers inspiring peers through forgiving.” As a result, neighborhoods and youth are coming together to discuss issues that directly affect them and young people are invited to be activists, to promote change in their own communities. This model aims to promote change and understanding  at a grassroots level, rather than from a top-down approach.

The three programs that exist today are the Neighborhood Enrichment Program, the Peer Motivation Program and the Peer Mentor Program. In Chicago, those efforts have served hundreds of children and empowered them to become leaders and mentors. To learn more, visit their website, at lifedirections.org.

Dr. Lena McLin at the piano (Photo Credit: Megan Davison)

Dr. Lena McLin at the piano
(Photo Credit: Megan Davison)

The woman being honored, Reverend Doctor Lena McLin has inspired countless singers to reach their full potential. In order to do this, they had to sing classical opera in her classes! After the dinner, the attendees and guests were invited to the musical program, where decades of former students stunned the audience with their vocal accomplishments. From the renowned Robert Sims and Chicago’s own Tammy McCann, the night was full of rich melody and unsolicited praise for the woman who still holds singing lessons every Saturday at her apartment.

Between the fabulous dinner and the oratory and musical performance, this past Tuesday was anything but dull. The entire gala took place with the elegant South Shore Cultural Center as the backdrop, ever iconic in the minds of Chicagoans.

Special Thanks to Board Member, Brother Bede Baldry, FSC for inviting me to this unforgettable event!

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