I’m An Educator, That’s My Superpower!​

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Dr. Moneshia Dashiell was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the loving mother of two sons. On February 14, 2013, on Valentine’s day, she was united in holy matrimony to Apostle Charles Dashiell. Outside of work she really enjoys her husband, two sons, exercising, reading a book on kindle, traveling, getting pampered, and helping those who are less fortunate.

In 2004 she received her degree in Infant/Toddler Child Care. In 2005 she received her degree in Child Development. In 2007 she received her degree in Early childhood Education. In 2016 she received her doctoral degree in Education. In 2019 Dr. Moneshia Dashiell received her certification/license as a Life Coach. She is board-certified and in doing so, she is currently helping children from Pre-k through fifth grade, reach their goals, gain confidence, behavior modification and formulate strategies to help children to become successful.

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Megan Kapri The Survivors Strategist: How I Found My Voice

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I was not a liar-but who believed me? Many didn’t believe me, I didn’t believe me. I questioned why I was born and I attempted to commit suicide many times because the pain was too great inside. At 5 years old I had to do strange things and was molested. I didn’t understand how I could be treated this way. Then at 8 nothing changed just a different human I was sexually abused by a religious family member. This experience made me question whether God truly loved me and if so how could he allow me to be abused? At 10, the pain still didn’t end, I was raped by a family friend; when would this betrayal of trust end. “I was a liar”, he said. I learned to be silent because although I could speak- I had no voice. That same day I was seen by a physician who used ultra-violet light to shed light on my story. The light revealed the semen & other body fluids was still left on me. It was on that day I was given my voice. 
Megan Kapri Manigault is an Amazon Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Advocate. Raised in Charleston, SC. She had always been a forerunner, paving the way for others and showing her love for her community by sharing her talents and gifts.  
In 2004, Megan became a founding member of the Students Can Really Use Bedside Skills (S.C.R.U.B.S.) – a mentoring program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Megan continued to shine as a poet, being one of the first students to participate in “Gear Up” – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Megan was the founding member of the “In the Spirit of Giving Fund” – a program started at Garrett Academy for students and family members experiencing traumatic life events. As an actress with the “Charleston Street Vendors”, she performed in plays and skits about the history of Charleston and its enslaved people. These performances included the Mojo Arts Festival and the North Charleston Arts Festival.  
Megan graduated from Trident Technical College and the University of South Carolina, focusing on project management, healthcare, and psychology. Megan has worked in the medical field in various positions for over 10 years. She has spent countless hours volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes, and various faith-based organizations. In 2017, Megan was recognized by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc (North Charleston Bethune-Leonard Section) as a 2017 Innovator and received an award for her awesome works in the community. Megan co-authored a book that same year entitled “Unveiled, Unmasking The Pain”, in this book she shares with the world her rape experience. She wanted to help the world understand the experience of sexual assault and encourage others to take off the mask, speak up, and use their voices. As a survivor of childhood sexual assault, she decided to found I AM VOICES, Inc. – a non-profit organization, which now has a Chapter in Nigeria, both with a mission to transform the lives of survivors of sexual abuse while educating the community through awareness and prevention tactics. Megan has also created a mentorship summer program “Infinite Voices”, in this program she mentors young girls ages 4-17 on Body Safety, Self-Love, Boundaries, Financial Responsibility, and Entrepreneurship.  Late 2018, Megan self-published “Wilted Flowers, Still Bloom, this book goes over many of her steps and strategies to help others understand Trauma Survivors or even to help survivors learn coping mechanisms. She created in this book, activities for readers to use in self-discovery; the book has been used in book clubs and female support groups. As “The Survivors Strategist”, Megan has used what she learned, to help other survivors develop their strategy to overcome mental obstacles to reach their peace. Early 2019, Megan co-authored another book “Body Talk: Finding the Beauty In You”, Megan expresses in this book the freedom in loving herself. She discusses how she once struggled with even thinking her body or physical appearance was worthy of love. She explains that Finding the Beauty means shes still learning, still discovering, and still working on ways to love herself over and over again. She ends her chapter by telling her readers, “With every lesson I learn, I’m willing to share with you, because by helping you, I’m still helping me, sis.” Megan is known in her community and internationally by her heart and willingness to spread love and speak on Finding Purpose and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles. She lives by her Motto “To Find Who You Are, You Must Acknowledge Where You’ve Been.” 

Kowanna Powell Anderson Founder of Abena’K : ​Takes Are You Ready For The Ring Workshop National.

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Kowanna Powell Anderson Founder of Abena’K
Abena’k is a natural healer and community educator.  Originally born in Chicago she now resides in Minnesota. Her educational background is in business with over 17 years of professional experience in both public and charter school education.
Abena’k is the developer and facilitator of The Quad C Method an Educator Professional development Training program that train educators  how to actively engage scholars wholeheartedly in their own learning and serving with honor and humility in the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School (Culturally Literacy) Program as the Program Director, and as an Ella Baker Trainer. Training over 4000 college students and young professionals to date. Abena’k is an active board member of Fashion With A Cause a non-profit organization and co-owner of the Brand House of Bella Hair, Beauty, and Fashion with her 3 sisters.
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She is the mother of 4, wife of 19 years to her husband  David and world traveler. Abena’k has been chosen to share, raise awareness, teach and empower, parents, women, and couples around the world. No matter if it’s the work she does in The Educational Insider workshop, families educational consultant business or if you dare ask the question Are You Ready 4 the Ring, or simply connecting as couples on a deeper level. Abena’k will guide you on a journey that will awaken ignorance, denial, and deconstruct and demolish illusions. Propelling you in a new state of conscious awareness, on a path of healing, and connecting you in a new way on a higher level.  Assisting you in creating a community impact that will not only benefit your life but will benefit future generations to come.
Although Abena K is a pillar in the community and offers awareness on many levels “Are You Ready 4 The Ring” workshops have taken a lane of its own. Her in-demand workshop is going from state to state capturing the attention of married, engaged and single women alike. Helping and encouraging women to heal and become whole before marriage!
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Are you Ready 4 The Ring is a 4 part cohort workshop series. That examine self-identity, self-worth, family dynamics, societal messaging and the social conditioning of women around the institution of marriage.


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Mothering Nations Through Education w/ Dr. Moneshia Dashiell

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I am too busy mothering nations through education!

 

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Dr. Moneshia Dashiell; D.Ed continues to transform today’s young minds through books. Her latest book, ‘Hello Alphabet’ was designed for children in Pre-K through fifth grade. This book will allow children to understand letter sound, letter recognition and strengthens the child’s language skills. The alphabet is simply a collection of letters and sounds. The alphabet is the building blocks of literacy; so children must learn to recognize, name the letter both in and out of order and learn the sounds associated with each letter. Purchase this book and others here.

Denise Major: Mother, Author & Activist Grace the Cover Of I AM QUEEN Magazine February​ 2019 Issue

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We are the sum of all our experiences, hence they are priceless. Who and what I am today is due to what I have experienced and how I decided to shape that.

 

Mother of 3 beautiful children, Denise Major made it her life’s mission to be the adult that she needed when she was a child and the sister and friend we all need as women. As an advocate for women and youth, Denise M. Major sees first hand just how important it is to encourage individuals to support each other as they go through life’s challenges and to celebrate each other’s successes.

 

Having become a teen mom at the age of 16 she is no stranger to hard work and has been working since the age of 17 first starting out as a graphic artist at the Nassau Guardian and within a few short months, she pressed her way into the newsroom. Her career in journalism and marketing/public relations lasted eight years before she transitioned into the world nonprofits. But her passion for media did not completely fade away as she continued on as the creator and host of the Youth By Youth Radio Show and is a regular talk show guest and host appearing on several radio shows throughout the Bahamas.

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It was during one of the darkest periods of her life that she found her purpose in helping those in need. She began her work in nonprofits as a rape victim’s advocate and volunteer at the Bahamas Crisis Center and eventually began working fulltime at the Bahamas Urban Youth Development Center as the Program Coordinator. This opportunity opened many doors within many other reputable organizations including Field Officer at the Bahamas Red Cross, Assistant Director at Bain Grants Town Advancement Association, Program Development Consultant for the Bahamas Against Crime and the Coalition to Save Clifton, Community Outreach Worker for the PEPFAR Program.  ( Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief ) and The Bahamas National HIV/AIDS Program and most recently the Executive Director for Bahamas Sexual Health & Rights Association formerly known as Bahamas Family Planning. In addition, she is the CEO of The Empowerment Group, a company whose aims it is to empower individuals so that they can be their best selves and in doing so empower others.

 

She has received numerous certifications through her work such as Trusted Adult Youth Communicator and Sex Educator by the American Red Cross, certified Youth Leader by the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, she has completed several courses in Disaster Relief, and Community Building and numerous other certifications related to HIV/ STI’s and NGO Program Development. She continuously pursues new ideas and learning best practices in these fields.

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Throughout her tenure, while working with nonprofit organizations serving as a Youth Specialist, Denise has started and directed multiple mentorship programs and projects aimed at empowering young people and assisting at-risk youth and young women. In 2018 she decided to put pen to paper and share her story in an effort to reach young people she may not have gotten a chance to reach. She authored Purposefully Broken and collaborated with 4 other inspirational women from the Caribbean and USA on Rebranding My Life. Denise is passionate about her purpose and hopes to one day operate a transitional home for at-risk youth and women.

 

MisUnderstood​- Aren’t We All ?!

We are all misunderstood by someone. Conflict is caused by misunderstandings between people and often times the misunderstood are mishandled and sometimes mislead. But although we misunderstand people we do the most injustice to God because we misunderstand him every day. Even those who’ve studied theology have yet to grasp who God really is. God is the most misunderstood of them all.

Misunderstood is a series designed to give you a look into the mind of a Christian Millennial who’s a wife, mother, and entrepreneur.