Web Tool to Engage Disconnected Youth

Check your approach. If that child doesn’t want to be in your group, assembly, or class, monitor your approach. It may be time to switch it up and meet them at their point of interests. Ask a simple question via text messaging where the kids get to use their phones to voice their opinions.

A cool app like Poll Everywhere will allow you to open up the conversation or give shout outs to one another. Check it out at http://www.polleverywhere.com/

This presentation was created from the powerful words of women who I feel are speaking to our black girls today. Listen to the words and take them to heart. This is your life and your story can and should be the beautiful tale of your determination, strength, and commitment to what you believe in!

How I got a 4.0 and How You Can Too

How I got a 4.0 and How You Can Too!
Earning a 4.0 has always been a major goal of mine. It was one that I didn’t take too seriously in undergrad, strived for with my Masters and finally achieved with my doctorate! It wasn’t something I was pressured to do but something I personally wanted to prove to myself that I could accomplish.
If you’re striving for excellence as well, here are a few tips to get you started!
1. FOCUS on one thing until successful. There is so much to be easily distracted by. We live in a world where there is so much information that’s it’s hard to focus on one thing. But to be successful and operate in excellence you must focus. That means work your work, until it works for you!
2. Turn off all electronics. You have to learn how to turn off the TV, not answer texts messages, and don’t peek at that funny Vine. When you’re trying to achieve excellence you have to work in an environment that allows you to give your assignment your complete attention. No distractions! Cut them off.
3. Get in your music groove. Music helps create a synergy to your work. Play something that’s not distracting like classical, jazz, or just the instrumentals to your favorite songs. It will help the time to go by much faster!
4. Set a timer. Don’t ever try to complete a big assignment in one sitting. Some people make the excuse of saying “I work really well under pressure”, which may be true, but it’s best to break your work up into bite sized pieces. Set a timer and allow yourself to work in 15 minute incremements. Be sure to give yourself a break in between!
5. Don’t forget to double check your work. Not just spell check, either!  Leave it for a day and come back and read it aloud to yourself or someone else. The largest docks on papers are spelling and grammar. Train yourself to pay attention to small details.
6. Read your textbook for 10 minutes per day. That’s not a huge time commitment. Play 3 of your favorite songs and you’re done! It will at least give you an idea of the information covered in the book so that you can contribute to class discussions, pass surprise quizzes, and perform better on tests without anxiety.
7. Attend all your classes. Class participation and attendance is a large part of your grade. Practice getting to your class five or ten minutes early. It’ll give you time to get adjusted and lay out your materials on your desk, turn your phone to vibrate, get a sip of water, and get focused.

Question: What’s one habit you’re going to try to closer to your 4.0?

4 Life Lessons I Learned From College

4 Life Lessons I Learned In College

Me on my graduation day from Howard University








1. You have to go seek opportunities, they won’t come for you. College is the land of opportunity if you look at it that way. Never again will you have access to so many individuals from all over the world and with so many different backgrounds all living and gathering in the same place. College is intended to not only gain an education but to gain wisdom. This is why it’s important to go to college with a set of goals, things you want to accomplish in your life over the next 5 years. Once you have that in mind you can look at your experiences with opportunistic eyes. Are you looking to start a business? Where are your clients? In a certain department? In a certain dorm? Are you looking for a mentor? Whose on your campus that’s doing what you plan to do in the upcoming years? You have to reach out and get what you want and deserve for your life. Nobody is going to be knocking on your dorm door offering everything to you because you’re cute or smart. It’s the same later on in life, so get used to it!

2. Keep a copy of everything you do and everyone you spoke to. People will lie on you to keep their jobs. They will say you didn’t speak to them or didn’t submit something to them just to make themselves look good. But one thing that can’t be lied upon is black and white paper! Keep a copy of everything you turn it. At the top right hand corner always write in pen when you submitted a document, who you spoke to, what date, what time, and in what format did you communicate. Keep everything in a small file folder box (Snap-N-Store Letter-Size File Box, Black (SNS01533)
) and keep it near your desk area. Do the same with papers from work. Keep meticulous records, even of your bills. Having these systems in place now will save you plenty headaches later on in life.
3. People judge you by how you look and speak. People are judgmental. They don’t want to take time to get to you. They will place judgement on you simply by how you look. They will either respect you because you command respect or disrespect you because you don’t. Speak in a way that reflects your education and dress in a way that reflects integrity.
4. You’re going to have to deal with and work with people who are different than you. You will have to work with people who have different thoughts, views, religion, and sexual orientation than you. You will have to learn how to work in a collaboratively spirit with these people. In life you may not like everyone but you should show the same respect you expect to receive from them.

Question: What life lesson has college taught you?

The Wonderfully Made Girls Summit is an annual fall event whose purpose is to remind girls that they are all created unique and with a specific mission to carry out in their lifetime. 

Date: October 11, 2014
Time: 9:00-2:00 p.m.
Event: Wonderfully Made Conference
Topic: The Bold and The Brilliant
Sponsor: Leading Ladies of Legacy Inc.
Venue: Smyrna Community Center
Location: Smyrna, GA
Public: Public

Double Vals: The Keys To Success In College And Life Beyond (Austell: Carnegie Books, 2014)

I recently purchased this book from two phenomenal young ladies who attend my church Word of Faith in Austell, GA. These two beautiful ladies graduated as co-valeditorians of Spelman College with perfect 4.0s. Hearing their story and knowing how dedicated they are to ministry I felt like there was no excuse to why I couldn’t push myself to do the same. I am proud to say I currently hold a perfect 4.0 in my doctoral program at Clark Atlanta University where I’m studying Educational Leadership and Administration.

As I’m reading this book I’ve learned how they did it. There story is amazing and inspirational and every young person looking to excel in college and life should pick up a copy!

About The Book


Discover the practical yet powerful keys that will guide you to exceptional grades, exemplary balance, and extraordinary life-fulfillment.

Entering Spelman College as nervous, doubtful freshmen, Kirstie and Kristie Bronner never imagined what would become of their journey-that they would make history as the first twins to graduate as double valedictorians, with perfect 4.0 GPA’s and appearing in media headlines!


Like many college students, they experienced stress, discouragement, and overwhelming longing to fast-forward to the moment they would dance across the platform with their diplomas in-hand! They were not in love with school, neither were they Einsteins.

Their secret was not found in genius, but in exceptional habits and hard work! This means that their story of academic preeminence and life success can become yours!

You’ll gain the keys to:
• Study tips that work miracles
• Time management that makes you a master of minutes
• Scheduling that conquers busyness
• Relationships that boost your GPA
• Perspective that redirects your focus
• Excellence that causes you to stand out
• Risks that you should take
• Balanced living that yields holistic health
• Classroom miracles that drop your jaw
• School lessons that transfer to life lessons


10 Things You Need To Do The Summer Before College

Congratulations! You made it into your top college and you are now among some of the countries higher level thinkers who are pursuing their education and earning degrees. You may think there’s time to rest over the summer  months but there is still so much to plan for before stepping foot on your campus.


1. Get a copy of your birth certificate and social security card. You will need a copies of this for forms during college, applying for a job, and more. Memorize your social security number so you

2. Purchase items for your dorm. This is the most exciting part of college preparation (for me it was anyways!). Your dorm is your little place of independence and home over the next few months and you want it to feel cozy and reflect you.  

College Prep Timeline For High School Students

Are you looking for a simple plan to follow that will lead you on the path to college? Check out what you should be doing year by year for the path to success!


Freshman Year

• Meet with the guidance counselor and select courses that meet college admissions requirements

• Take challenging classes that build skills

• Get involved in extracurricular activities: dance, band, sports, ministry activities,

• Research your career possibilities: What do you want to do after high school?

• Plan a productive summer: read books, take courses, volunteer

Sophomore Year

• Some schools offer an optional PSAT and/or PLAN test to discover your strengths and weaknesses

• Talk to your counselor about your PSAT and/or PLAN scores and next steps

• Continue to research college and career options


• Go on college tours

• Plan a productive summer: read books, take courses, volunteer

Junior year

• Take the PSAT. A good score may qualify you for scholarship programs.

• Talk to your counselor about your PSAT scores, learn how to improve them

• Start researching your options for grants, scholarships, and work-study. Put them in a binder according to deadline.

• Research, and visit colleges that you are interested in (and disuss them with your counselor).

• Register for the ACT, SAT, and/or SAT Subject Tests as required by your selected colleges. Or if you haven’t selected colleges, discuss with your counselor which test(s) you should take. If you can not cover the cost of the exams, speak to your counselor.

Senior Year

• Obtain and complete admissions and financial aid applications

• Ask your teachers for recommendations, if the colleges require them

• Visit colleges and attend college fairs

• Send your transcript and test scores to your selected colleges

• Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st

• Review your Student Aid Report (SAR), acceptances, and financial aid offers.

• By May 1st, make final decisions and notify schools