Meet the viBe Girls!

viBe's mission and work is all about the girls we serve through our performing-arts and outreach programs. By taking part in viBe's various programs, the viBe girls find a voice and learn to express themselves and share the daily and exceptional experiences that define their lives as teenage girls in New York City. Meet the viBe girls and hear from them how viBe Theater Experience has impacted their lives:

Tattyani, viBe SongMakers 2017

Christal: So far in your viBe journey, can you say that you've learned anything new about yourself? If so, what is it, if not what creative part of yourself would you like to explore?

 Tattyani: I learned about a lot of things that happen in the music industry. As far as for me and what I learned from this program that made me grow, it helped me to believe in myself and realize that it's not okay to be having all these negative thoughts in my head. [I'll] be aware of it and then the next time I'll just be stronger and I'll just rebuke all the negative things that are happening in my mind when I'm performing.

Christal: How would you describe your personality in one word and how would you say you get that across in your writing?

Tattyani: I would say that I'm emotional and that's definitely portrayed in my writing because my writing is very melodramatic, and just basically describes my whole life.

Christal: How important has your time at viBe been in your life, on a scale from 1 to 10?

Tattyani: It's a 10 because [viBeSongMakers] is a milestone for me. I got to make an album, I got my first album, and this really is a jumpstart for me. From performing very my own songs in viBeStages, to making a whole album with viBeSongMakers, so yea this is definitely a milestone for me. 

Christal: What's your definition of "being yourself?" 

Tattyani: Being yourself is making yourself happy and doing whatever makes you feel good, and whatever makes you feel authentic.

Christal: Do you think it's important to speak up? And if so, when do you feel it's most important to use the power in your words?

Tattyani: It's most important to speak up when you feel that something is not right, and the moment when you're afraid to speak, you have to speak. Or else you're just going to hide in that little corner and you're not really going to take a stance or make your voice heard.

Anais, viBe SongMakers 2017

Christal: So far in your viBe journey can you say that you learned anything new about yourself? If so what is it? 

Anais: I've learned a lot, that I can write songs and stuff. You know, I'm kind of good at it and I figured out that part of myself." 

Christal: How would you describe your personality in one word and how would you say you get that across in your writing?

Anais: I want to say loud, but I think that quirky would be the right word for me. I get that across in my writing because my writing style is kind of weird and quirky. And there's like, references to things that happened 50 years ago.

Christal: How important has your time at viBe been in your life, on a scale from 1 to 10?

Anais: I'd say 10, because it opened up parts of me that I didn't even know about.

Christal: What's your definition of being yourself? 

Anais: [Being yourself means] that you're open and you're learning new things.

Christal: Do you think it's important to speak up? If so, when do you feel it's most important to use the power in your words?

Anais: It's always important to use the power in your words. You never know who you're going to influence and who you're going to help. Also, it's always important to speak up, especially when you see someone getting hurt or bullied, or when that's happening to you. It's always important to speak up about issues that are happening in your life or someone else's.

Tatianna, viBe Solos 2017

Christal: So far in your viBe journey can you say that you learned anything new about yourself? If so what is it, if not what creative part of yourself would you like to explore?

Tatianna: [So far] I learned that my voice matters. What I have to say, it holds strong powerful meaning.

Christal: How would you describe your personality in one word and how would you say you get that across in your writing?

Tatianna: Loud. I don’t like to do bare minimum things, I like to go all out in everything I do.

Christal: What’s your definition of being yourself?

Tatianna: [Don’t] let anyone’s comments or negative feedback impact how to want to carry yourself.

Christal: When do you feel it’s most important to use the power in your words?

Tatianna: At all times.

Briana, viBe Solos 2017

Christal: So far in your viBe journey can you say that you learned anything new about yourself? If so what is it? 

Briana: I learned how to be more open with my writing because usually in school they put a limit on what you can and cannot say. Here I learned to be more open. There are still limits, but I learned how to be more open with what I can do. A part that I would like to explore is being open outside of writing. Just talking to people in general, or people that I genuinely care about. I want to learn to be more open [also] when talking and having conversations.

Christal: How would you describe your personality in one word and how would you say you get that across in your writing?

Briana: I would say colorful. With my personality, I can't just say I'm funny, I can't just say I'm dramatic because I'm funny and dramatic, over the top. So I'm just like a bunch of things combined to make this beautiful rainbow. That's why I say colorful. 

Christal: How important is your time at viBe in your life on a scale from 1 to 10.

Briana: viBe is most definitely for me a 10 because I used to be very quiet and not open with people... now viBe is teaching me to be more open with people and making sure that there's someone out there that listens to what I have to say. Then I can listen to what they have to say.

Christal: What's your definition of being yourself? 

Briana: Well my cousin came up with this catch phrase that goes "Be yourself because everyone else is taken." So its kind of like, you're the only you, so if you can't be yourself, then what else to do?

Christal: Do you think it's important to speak up? If so, when do you feel it's most important to use the power in your words?

Briana: Yes, I think it is important to speak up because you can't just keep things bottled up inside, because then it'll make you go crazy. The best time to talk about issues is, immediately. You don't want to have it sit there for a while because it's like a dark cloud following you all the time. Of course you want it to be good vibes so if there's someone who cares about you, be open with them.

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Jenny, viBe Solos 2017

Christal: So far in your viBe journey, can you say that you learned anything new about yourself? If so, what is it, if not what creative part of yourself would you like to explore?

Jenny: So far with viBe I've learned...that I really have something to say and I really have a passion for what I want to speak about. And I've learned that with my words I can really express what I want to say and I have an audience that is going to actually listen to what I have to say.

Christal: How would you describe your personality in one word and how would you say you get that across in your writing?

Jenny: Beautiful. I feel like I get that across in my writing when I talk about the beauty of being black, and my skin complexion. I'm really passionate about skin complexions and the beauty of being black.

Christal: How important is your time at viBe in your life on a scale from 1 to 10?

Jenny: 9.5 Because [vibe] helps me express myself and find new things about myself that I never knew.

Christal: What's your definition of "being yourself?" 

Jenny: Really just not caring about what other people have to say about you, and having enough confidence so that you keep yourself happy and healthy.

Christal: Do you think it's important to speak up? And if so, when do you feel it's most important to use the power in your words?

Jenny: I do think it's important to speak up, especially when you feel like there's something that you have to say, but you can't seem to get it across. You just have to  give yourself the confidence and the pep talk so that you're able to say it. You should always feel like people want to know more, because people  do want to know.


MJ, 19

MJ, 19 years old, is a recent graduate of Brooklyn High School for the Arts. MJ is headed to SUNY Buffalo for college. While in high school, MJ participated in every viBe program! Here is what she has to say about how her time in viBe impacted her:

What has been the benefit of taking part in viBe's programs?
Participating in viBe programs inspired me to continue writing and performing. viBe gave me a place to go, and something to do. viBe also gave me freedom, in a non-judgemental environment.

What was your favorite memory from your time with viBe?
Meeting my best friend, Briana!

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to get my M.A., then Ph.D. and move to California to help empower young girls through fashion.