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Ambassadors of Change The High Tea Society (HTS) was launched in 1997 by Judge Mary Terrell, as a vehicle to expose young girls to the rich cultural offerings of the District of Columbia while providing a tailored program designed to boost self esteem, inspire academic achievement and create “Ambassadors of Change” - poised, confidant, college bound young ladies willing to share their HTS experiences and values with their family and friends.

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he High Tea Society (HTS) was founded by the Honorable Judge Mary Terrell in 1997, as a vehicle to expose young girls to the rich cultural offerings of the District of Columbia, while also providing a tailored program designed to boost self esteem, inspire academic achievement and create “ambassadors of change.” HTS protégés who attend D.C. Public Schools, are recruited in the 4th grade and remain in the program until high school graduation and/or college acceptance. The High Tea Society offers a five-pronged educational program that includes Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Community Service, Lifestyle Improvement & International Awareness (ACCLI). HTS currently offers four major programs to provide girls attending DC Public Schools with tools to succeed academically, professionally, and socially, including: Teaching Through Tea program for 10 to 18 year old girls emphasizing the importance of academic prowess and social grace. I am a STAR! (Sophisticated, Talented, Articulate and Responsible) gang prevention program for 13 to 16 year old girls attending Walker Jones elementary school. CHARMS (Charming, Articulate, Responsible Moms) program for teenage mothers 15 to 19 years old attending Anacostia High School. Charming by Design Fashion and Theater Arts Summer Program for 112 14 and 15 year old girls enrolled in Mayor Fenty’s Passport to Work Summer Youth Program. The High Tea Society (HTS) was never just a dress up and go to tea program. Rather, it was designed in response to the urgent social and academic realities facing many girls living in Washington, DC. Hats and gloves and the afternoon tea backdrop of the program presented an interesting dichotomy when juxtaposed against some of the every day experiences of our youth. HTS uses afternoon tea” as a vehicle to teach our girls that success in the 21st century requires certain life skills, as “street skills” are not enough. Over the years, HTS has observed the novelty of afternoon tea wear away to become an everyday way of life among DC youth. HTS is not confined to a tea box, we teach through tea!

Tel +1.202.318.9155 www.TheHighTeaSociety.org

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High Tea Society (image courtesy: Kiawah Island Golf Resort - www.kiahresort.com)

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