The Village Mirror Etiquette Program

The Village Mirror is a mentoring program designed to help develop youth for today’s modern world, by creating confidence through etiquette and self-development skills.  Allowing our youth to conduct themselves in the modern world with confidence.


Part of being an etiquette consultant  and business owner is being responsible for the information you present.  A few weeks ago I posted a save-the-date for the NAUEP Springtime Tea.  I missed the organizational deadline for this event; however, I am keeping my word and we are having our Hat & Pearls Tea Celebrating Today's Lady.  The Village Mirror has a few events schedule before the summer begins and I am determined to make sure I keep with the schedule. 


On April 21, 2018, at 12:00 pm, we will be having "TEA."  We will be at the 9th Mile Galleria.  The 9th Mile Galleria is located in the heart of Wilmington, DE and is the tristate area's only authentic African music venue playing the latest African hits.   It is also an event center and you can reserve their space for your next event by calling (215) 356-8717. 


We will be celebrating Today's Lady and if anyone needs a party all ladies do.  Now you are welcome to join us, but, you have to wear your funkiest hat.  I have tickets and my goal is to sell 30.  If you're interested give me a call (215) 221-2286 or email me at  You can also buy tickes on Eventbrite: The Village Mirror Hat & Pearls Tea.


Our next workshop will be all about "Self-care" it was originally schedule for last month and the unpredictable weather made it impossible to make it happen.  It's on again and we got some amazing folks lined up.  Keep checking in with us.  We'll have a date coming soon.


Oh and for all you young men, we got something for you too.  Men and boys we got you covered.  Like I said, keep checking.  We are all about creating confidence through etiquette.


Be well.








Since my last post of our fine dining experience, we have had an additional workshop, "Public Speaking 101."  Each workshop is like pieces to a puzzle, it gives the participant additional exposure to what their future will include.  Not every workshop is filled to the rafters, simply because many don't seem to see the value in this type of training, etiquette.  However, the videos, small snipets of the workshops indicate the value this information holds.  


We would not be able to achieve this success if it wasn't for our supporters, contributors.  We would like to thank  Charles Schwab Trust Company of Delaware for the use of their boardroom.  The amazing cookies that Sweet Treats by Heather White created for us.  The giveaways were provided by Danielle White of Coco Skin. The secuirty team of State 1 Security Consultants provided.  Oh, let me not forget the food that Aubria Nance Philips prepared, so each participant would not leave with an empty stomach.  We fed their minds and then we had to fill their tummys while we all sat and talked.  The pride each participant placed in being in this environment was something only those in the room would have seen.  You have no clue what we witnessed as the particpants stood before us to give their individual speeches.  I was honored to have each of these young people share their voice.  


As Sean "P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddt" Combs would say, "can't stop, won't stop."  I'm going to quote another, "you don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."  said by Dr. King.  That's what we ard doing with this program, showing you steps.  Keep checking in, we're trying to keep you updated.



On January 20, 2018, we celebrate our New Year season with a fine dining workshop.  We are taking a leap and diving right into the nuances of eating out at an upscale establishment, Celebrations on Market in Wilmington, DE.  Although I am  a certified etiquette consultant, I have not had the experiences of the two seasoned professionals, Gary James aka Chef Semaj and Chef Marc Anthony  have had, and they will be the workshop leaders of this event.  Gary James is a professonal chef and culinary arts educator at a Wilmington, DE high school and Marc Anthony is the owner of the Celebrations on Market establishment.  Having them and me infront of our participants is going to be an amazing experience.  We will continue reaching our for sponors for our participants, which will be $25.00.  You can go to Eventbrite to sponsor or donate.


We have posted our workshop schedule for the winter season of 2018.  Check it out, perhaps you may know someone who would like to attend.




Our last event was a true success. Ms. Marilyn Ocasio was a true audience attention keeper.  Our participants were taugth the importance of the mind body connection.  She inforced the importance of knowing how what you think is display in your posture and through your actions.  Once we worked up an appetite we were ready to learn the table basics with me, Aurelia.  We had an amazing time and have to thank the facility owner, Dwayne Adams of Breaking Barriers, for the use of their space.

On September 23, 2017, The Village Mirror Etiquette Program had their launch event at Studio On Market on 219 N Market Street in Wilmington, DE.  The event was hosted by Aurelia Lyles, Founder of The Village Mirror Etiquette Program with special guest Angelo Ellerbee of Double XXposure Media Relations.  The attendees included members of the Delaware Futures Students program, a few young ladies from the community, the program's business advisor Audrey Scott-Hynson, program assistant Aubria Nance-Phillips and a few guardians/parents.


What is so amazing about the launch event was the fact our "village mindset" allowed us to achieve what some thought was impossible.  Each young lady who attended the event was sponsored by an adult they didn't know.  Amos Wilson wrote, "A people must trust, be dependable, have respect for each other if they are to develop a viable economic system.  When they have those kinds of relationships they have a social system, they can build, and they grow economically."  Which is what we have been experiencing since we started putting the word out about our program, a building of relationships--making a stronger community.  I am super excited to announce that we will be collaborating with The Breaking Barriers Fitness Center owned by Dwayne Adams, for future events.


Our next event will be on November 18, 2017, at Breaking Barriers, located at 503 Hawley Street in Wilmington, DE, and once again we are asking the community to join us to help our youth learn some valuable tools to help them as they move into the future with confidence.  We will be attaching an event link with more information and details shortly.  


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