Our first presentation/pitch: the good, the bad and the wonderful

The weeks and days leading up to our first presentation for the West Orlando Rotary Club were spent with excitement and confidence. I was presenting my passion, and speaking my truth, I did not a have a nervous bone in my body...that is until the night before the presentation. 

All of the suppressed insecurities that would have normally haunted me days before my speech came to the surface and attacked me with a vengeance.

My mind: "I can't do this"

My body: Breathes heavily

My mind:"Who do I think I am for even attempting this?"

My body: Breathes heavily

My Mind: "I'm going to fail"

My body: Breathes heavily

My tiny panic attack lasted for 30 minutes. I somehow pulled myself together and moved on.  

The next morning, I watched as the Rotarian Baby Boomers rolled in in their impressive cars, and I had yet another insecure thought, how will I, a young, inexperienced, Hispanic female, possibly convince this older (I repeat, Baby Boomers), experienced, successful, caucasian, male crowd to a partnership. We can't possibly be on the same book, let alone the same page.  It turns out, we had more in common than I thought. 

Stephanie Ibanez and Nadya Sosa went straight to work and began to network ASAP. Homegirls wasted no time. I was so happy and proud while I watched from afar as they spoke about what we were doing with such confidence and passion. 

The Rotarians were so shocked that a group of tweantysomethings were trying to help humanity. Its as if they were seeing a mythical creature before their very eyes.

The Rotary Club's ideal criteria: philanthropy, check; millennials, check; diversity, check; international, check; education, check; special needs, check. We were literally their unicorn project! I can't make this stuff up. This was real life!

I delivered my speech in regards to our organization, how we as Millennials could make a small positive dent in humanity through giving, and Nick Maharaj took it home with his speech regarding our first project; raising funds for a special needs school in Peru.

The Final product: We walked away from that meeting not only with a partnership, but with enough money to fix the children's transportation to school. We were showered with praise, amazement and many handshakes. Their compliments and words of encouragement fed our egos and we were in  a dizzying state of what I call 'happy shock.'

Our next step: traveling to Peru on September 29th to see the school for ourselves, to document all of our findings, to present our case to change this school, and hopefully change the lives of these kids. 

See our 'happy shock' photos below. 

                      Maria Saavedra 

                      Maria Saavedra 

                         Nick Maharaj

                         Nick Maharaj

                            Nadya Sosa

                            Nadya Sosa

                    Stephanie Ibanez

                    Stephanie Ibanez

                                                                        The Millennials

                                                                        The Millennials