Good Girl Chronicles

Sneak Peek of Our April Storytellers

Introducing Our April Storytellers
April 19, 2019
Dave & Buster’s Lynnhaven Mall, Virginia Beach, VA

Introducing a few of our storytellers for our April show!
Neisha Himes, Founder, GROW Foundation will share a story called “Victim to Victor: How I became Wonder Woman”

Neisha Himes is a survivor of domestic violence and devoted advocate.  After leaving the toxic

relationship in late 2012, she began telling her story years later via her gift of Spoken Word.  Known to the poetry community as ‘Beautiful Dizaster’, Neisha has featured on many stages and often uses her talent as a method for bringing awareness.  Her courageous transparency soon led to requests to share her story on platforms such as: radio interviews, high school and college awareness programs, community seminars, out of state conferences and more.  Along with her speaking engagements, she began volunteering at a local shelter where she created a journaling group to encourage self-expression and healing through the art of writing.  She later became certified as a Human Trafficking Victim Advocate with the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and remains an active volunteer with the organization.  In August 2016, she founded G.R.O.W. Foundation and currently leads a team of nine board members and volunteers in carrying out the organization’s mission.  In July 2017, she left her career as a Real Estate Paralegal to join a local city prosecution office, holding a position as their Domestic Violence Victim/Witness Advocate.  Additionally, Neisha serves as an active member of the Hampton Roads Military & Civilian Family Violence Prevention Council, the 24th Judicial District Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the African American Leadership Task Force and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  In honor of her work, Neisha was recognized by Investigation Discovery (in collaboration with ‘People’) as their ‘Inspire A Difference: Hero of the Month’, featured on PBS channel’s ‘Virginia Currents’, and the recipient of the YWCA’s ‘2019 Woman of Distinction Award’, along with a host of local accolades.  Her unwavering dedication and passion to help others is the driving force behind the mission of G.R.O.W. Foundation.

Raymond Barnes, Registered Peer Recovery Specialist, State Peer Trainer will share his recovery journey.
Raymond was born in Jamaica Queens, New York and is the oldest of five children. Raymond says  he had a pretty normal upbringing. Raymond says he is the child of a functioning alcoholic, an enabling mother, and has been around some sort of drugs or alcohol since he was little. Raymond struggled with drug addiction in his adult life. He has been clean for several years now, but still considers himself an addict living in recovery. He now uses his lived experience as a Peer Recovery Specialist to lead a life saving recovery program in Norfolk, and train other to become peers also.

Nadejeh Minerva, Hampton University Graduate, Founder #MyStrengthisBeautiful Inc.  
Nadejeh Minerva is a Brooklyn born, Hampton University graduate, as well as a survivor of sexual

assault and domestic violence. She founded #MyStrengthIsBeautiful Inc., to empower survivors like herself. Her foundation is determined to nourish the emotional, mental, physical, social, and professional levels of each survivor, so their transition is made easier. Her story is “My Strength. My Story. My Glory”, the victory she never thought she’d see.


Get Your Tickets to this powerful night of storytelling.
April 19, 2019
Dave & Buster’s Virginia Beach, VA
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets $10
$15 at the door
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