Tracy Wilson Mourning and Honey Shine
“It’s very important for young women to know who they are and to be comfortable in that truth,” says Tracy Mourning, founder of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of the Alonzo Mourning Charities.
Founded in 2002, the Honey Shine Mentoring Program provides positive experiences that nurture the mind, body and soul of young women in at-risk situations by enlightening their paths and creating balance in their young lives.
“I have been blessed with so much,” says Tracy, “And it is my responsibility to make a difference. If I didn’t have the proper guidance as a child, I could have found myself in some of the situations that many of these girls find themselves.”
There are several major issues with which the Honey Shine girls are forced to deal. Low self-esteem is one of the biggest obstacles. “Many of the girls have never received a compliment,” explains Tracy, “And when a man finally gives them praise, the girls often misinterpret that praise as love. The results can be life changing. We have girls in Honey Shine that are in Foster Care and are already mothers – babies having babies.”
A remedy for low-esteem is education, an attribute that Tracy learned from her mother. “I was fortunate to have a strong mother who understood the value of learning,” says Tracy, a graduate of Howard University. “Now I try to instill those same values in the girls of Honey Shine. We tell the girls that if they can keep you uneducated, they can control you. We teach the girls the power of words and to be mindful of the ones they choose. If they speak about positive subjects like going to college, the results can be dramatic.”
Tracy views many of the negative issues in education as institutional problems. “Tons of kids are being left behind,” she says. “Only 2 out of 12 kids in Overtown graduate from high school.” And Tracy is clearly not in favor of a grading scale for schools. “It has a negative effect on children when they go to a school that is labeled C, D or F. Why should they strive for an A or B when their school can’t make the grade? It all goes back to self-esteem.”
Tracy is clearly a passionate woman. Her words and actions demonstrate an individual of great character who is aware of a higher power. “My spirituality gives me peace and empowerment,” she says. “And I strive for this to be reflected in the ideologies of Honey Shine.”
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Aaron Glickman is a creator/producer native to Miami. He has worked in South Florida media for the past 15 years documenting a regional transformation predicated on art and design. His digital media platform, www.Current.Miami, tells hyper-local stories through the use of video.
From 2007 to 2016, Aaron was the publisher of SocialMiami.com, a society-driven digital media platform. During that period, Aaron created content-driven strategies with many of the region’s most prestigious brands and institutions. He also served on boards and committees for several non-profits.
In 2017, Aaron produced and directed the feature-length documentary Miami Basel: Art’s Winter Playground. The film tells the story of Art Basel’s influence on Miami. Its world premiere in 2019 at the Miami Film Festival.
Prior to working in media, Aaron was a union stage actor. He studied Shakespeare in London and was a six-year member of Theatricum Botanicum, a classical theater company located in Topanga Canyon, California. In 2016, Aaron returned to the stage to tackle the role of Richard Sherman in “The Seven Year Itch” and is currently doing voice-over work for NBC.