BUFFALO, NY (WVIB) — “Once I mentioned it is my life’s function to heal, to encourage and to attach, that is so true,” mentioned Tiffany Lewis. “And it hit me one morning at 3:33.”
Lewis grew up on the East Facet of Buffalo with huge goals. She lived together with her single mom and older brother.
“Seeing my mother as an educator in a marginalized group confirmed me resilience,” she mentioned. “It confirmed me that by means of all of life’s challenges you possibly can nonetheless be a lady of affect.”
After graduating from Hutch Tech, Lewis attended Erie Group Faculty and transferred to Ashworth Faculty in Georgia. She went on to work in metropolis authorities — personal investigations, actual property, and later in life, turned the primary girl of shade in Western New York to earn an esthetics license.
“Pores and skin, proper, is the most important organ of the physique,” she mentioned. “And with that being mentioned it isn’t nearly pores and skin, it is the general well being and wellness of an individual’s physique. So over 10 years in the past, I made a decision to get into esthetics as a result of I all the time wished to assist others.”
Shortly after, Lewis obtained into a nasty automobile accident and could not carry out plenty of skincare providers in the intervening time. She began talking to youth about internal magnificence, and it was throughout an occasion in Niagara Falls she found her calling.
“A younger woman got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘I would like you to return again,’” Lewis recalled. “She by no means mentioned, ‘I wished you to return again,’ she mentioned, ‘I would like you to return again.’ And that to me was a name for motion”
That is when Assured Lady Mentoring was born: a protected house for younger ladies to speak about trauma — together with home violence, abuse and meals insecurity.
“It is necessary that younger individuals have somebody that they will belief, and I am lucky to be in that place that youth can belief me to be a information or a task mannequin,” Lewis mentioned.
The applications are impressed by what the women are excited by speaking about.
“It jogs my memory of one thing that I did not have rising up, you already know — that voice, proper? And to listen to these tales from younger ladies, even once I’m out in public and so they’re operating as much as me, ‘Oh, Miss Tiffany,’ I am like, ‘Wait, hello!’” she mentioned. “So the reward in itself is seeing a younger woman to say, ‘Hey I thanks, I respect you.’”
Lewis additionally began Nationwide Youth Confidence Day again in 2017, with hers being chosen out of 18,000 candidates. It is celebrated on Oct. 20 throughout the nation.
She’s skilled with Michelle Obama’s esthetician and labored with the Buffalo Payments. She’s additionally the chairwoman for the Erie County Fee on the Standing of Ladies, and her listing of accolades her go on and on. Transferring ahead, Lewis says her work is limitless, as there are all the time extra alternatives to assist others succeed.
“The sky is the restrict,” she mentioned. “And when you’re linked, you do have entry to limitless alternatives to be your finest self and to maintain pushing and to continue to grow. And for me I discovered my life’s function is to heal to encourage and to attach.
I am not a service of my wounds however I’m a service of knowledge due to the trauma that I’ve gone by means of.”
Kayla Inexperienced is a reporter who has been a part of the Minus Better staff since 2021. See extra of her work right here.