ABOUT P's & Q's
MISSION AND VISION FOR P's & Q's
The goal is to engage our young girls in workshops that will enhance their self-image, goal setting, communications, etiquette skills, networking skills, leadership skills. We want to help the girls to make choices that will produce self-assured, positive thinking. This type of character building will also teach the girls responsibility and accountability for their actions, achievements, and accomplishments. Workshops will help build girls self-esteem and self-confidence by helping them to accept who they are personally and helping them explore the fun and exciting ways to create their own self image of who they are to become.
We believe that we will be influential in reversing the statistics that apply to our young minority girls. We are “Preparing out young darlings for greatness” with weekly meetings that focus on self esteem, health, and wellness, higher education, and etiquette with a foundation of service to our immediate community and families. We teach proactive measures such as emotional stability instead of negative actions, how to look at circumstances and embrace life’s experiences, or loving ourselves instead of promiscuity.
P's & Q's has continued to grow and is now offering it's leadership class, Leaderlicious. to boys. We are very excited to see the interest that has been expressed by young boys and want to be able to meet their needs too! The leadership program will be able to now help both our girls and our boys!
FOUNDER OF P's & Q's
Woman Of Many Hats
Chicago native Rachel Stone moved to the Fargo/Moorhead area almost 18 years ago, to help her parents in ministry and has been on an adventure ever since. She is the proud mother of 3 teenaged sons; Immanuel, Samuel, and Gabriel. Rachel has devoted her life to philanthropy. With several years of involvement on SENDCAA HeadStart’s Parent and Policy committee, she saw this as an opportunity to spread the word about the importance of childhood literacy. This cause became her pageant platform, and she soon became a national spokesperson for the Headstart program. In 2006, she made history when she earned the title, becoming the 1st African American woman to be crowned Mrs. North Dakota International. It was then that it seemed her life took off. This great opportunity to speak on many stages opened up doors for her to pursue a modeling career. She was blessed to sign with a modeling agency in Tampa Bay Florida. While modeling took her all the way to Hollywood, she still felt like something was missing.
Rachel has previously worked for both Fargo and Moorhead Public Schools for several years. It was here that she saw the many issues, gaps, and struggles between the students, and teachers. Working with our young girls in both Fargo and Moorhead Schools reminded her of her childhood years, and how she had vowed to help others break cycles in their lives.Determined to fulfill her vow of being a big sister and mentor to others,
Rachel created her own youth empowerment nonprofit called P's & Q's Etiquette LLC, where she focuses on teaching elementary, middle, and high school youth leadership skills. This organization has been able to grow in large part to the grant award she has received through the F-M Area Foundation and The Initiative Foundation.
In addition to teaching students leadership skills, she is a professional model, cosmetologist and a recording artist. Her single“ You Are” is available on iTunes. Rachel’s strong faith in God & passion for empowering others is what drives her. Her most recent venture led her into deep waters, as she ran a campaign, and was elected to serve on the Moorhead School Board. Rachel’s favorite saying is, “Born for someone else” because she believes that life is about purpose and that through her story she can give others hope and inspiration. Rachel credits her success to her Leaderlicous students and parents, Gloria & Paul Shields, who taught her the importance of service and helping others reach their greatest potential!
P's & Q's Board Members
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Jessie Aamodt grew up in Breckenridge, MN. She and her husband Ryan have been married for 27 years and live in West Fargo, ND. They have 3 children; Brock and Ren are juniors at NDSU and Allison is a senior at Oak Grove High School. Jessie enjoys being involved in many volunteer opportunities in the community with a special place in her heart for youth. She graduated from NDSU and then worked in Fargo as a Licensed Registered Dietitian in Long Term Care for 20 years. She then rediscovered Girl Scouts and began getting involved in volunteer opportunities and even had the privilege of working for Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons in membership development and community outreach for a time. She was Mrs. North Dakota International 2019 and used her year to promote her platform of mentoring youth through Girl Scouts. She currently co-hosts the morning show with Bo Janssen on 106.9 The Eagle and hosts the midday show on Big 98.7.
Dustlynn Kaine was born in Houston, Tx and raised in Plymouth Minnesota. Following her goals of going to college she attended NDSU and graduated with a double major in Human Development Family Science and Elementary Education. She was also part of the Track and Field Team where she was a short sprinter and long jumped. Today Dustlynn is living her childhood dream as a 4th grade teacher in West Fargo at Legacy Elementary. Along with that she is a cross country coach at Liberty Middle School and an Assistant sprints coach at Sheyenne High school. She has a heart for kids to make a difference in their lives by helping them discover who they are, love who they are, and fearlessly fulfill their purpose.
Claudia Mendoza is a 28-year-old interior designer from Lima, Peru. She studied at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences in Lima, where she developed her love for design and Architecture. In 2015, Claudia had the opportunity to travel to the United States as part of her international Work and Travel program, which proved to be a turning point in her life. After her stay in the United States, Claudia decided to move to Fargo / Moorhead along with her son Myles. Since then, she has established her home in this area and continued with her education, completing her college degree at Alexandria Technical Community College. She has worked on many interior design projects, from small renovations to large construction projects in the F/M and the lakes area. She is now the owner of her own interior design consultation under the name of CM INTERIOR DESIGN. In her free time, Claudia enjoys spending time with her son Myles, exploring nature, and practicing her art. She is also a great admirer of Peruvian culture and architecture and dreams of one teaching her son to enjoy the new creations and history the world has to offer.