Homeless Teens & Children

Homeless Children’s Education Fund Asks How do We Fix This?

Education is the key. I spent a couple of years volunteering for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund supporting the Teen Outreach Program known as TOP. The aim of the program is to confront the challenges teenage youth face when experiencing homelessness and to offer a college and career road map to success for each individual identified through HCEF’s partnerships in Allegheny County. I served as a mentor trainer and supported the targeted high school outreach working with students within schools (Brashear and Westinghouse High Schools in the Pittsburgh Public School system). I also volunteered at the summer camp program for children in a local shelter.

The mission of HCEF is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens. As a national model for addressing the educational needs of unstably-housed children and youth, HCEF leads a collaborative effort among regional partners by providing educational programs and services in Allegheny County and advocating for policy and system improvement.

Artist Tranikka Powell: The Lion Queen

A Passionate Artist

Hello, my name is Tranikka Powell. I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and grew up with three sisters and two brothers. I remember developing my passion for art at a very young age when I would sit on the living room floor and watch my mother draw all sorts of characters with the most memorable being Sarah from “The Land Before Time” (as I really liked dinosaurs back then).

Art truly became a part of my life after family turmoil eventually lead to the separation of all of my siblings and me from our mom and each other. It became all I had growing up and for the longest time was my only ray of light against the shadows of abuse and uncertainty. Now I predominately draw as a means to make others happy. It’s God’s gift to me and though I may not be a Picasso, it’s a gift I really like to share with others.

Dress For Success: Mobile Boutique Launch

They are finally here! The Dress for Success Pittsburgh team is thrilled to celebrate the highly anticipated launch of its new mobile boutiques!

I did an amazingly fun and exciting thing recently! I traveled to Macy’s at Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh to join Dress for Success in celebrating the launch of its Mobile Boutique North.

Clothing, connections, confidence! The mobile boutiques will allow the team to reach more women who may lack access to adequate transportation more efficiently than ever before.

Supported by Premier Sponsors Macy’s and ADP, the North mobile boutique will provide services to women in Allegheny and Butler Counties.

Supported by Empowerment Sponsors Range Resources and Chevron, the South mobile boutique will provide services to women in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.

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Dress for Success: Build Community, Inspire Change, Give Back

Dress for Success is hands down one of my favorite nonprofits organizations. I volunteer with them for two main reasons: (1) The organization helped me at a low point in my life several years back and (2) it adds fuel to my passion of building community, inspiring change and giving back. Can’t wait for my first ride on the mobile boutique, coming soon to Macy’s Ross Park Mall!

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Dress for Success Pittsburgh Location

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

I found out about Dress for Success when I was at an emotional low point in my life. They helped me to regain my dignity, my drive for success, and my commitment to make my life that best it could be.

Mental Health First Aid

I became a Mental Health First Aid instructor because I understand the struggle with mental health. As a teen I suffered from the pangs of guilt resulting from childhood trauma, which led to bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and self-injury. I received the certification to deliver the adult curriculum. I hope to receive the certification for Teen Mental Health instructor as well!


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Lady Gaga Announces teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program Will Expand to 20 Additional High Schools

News of the Day – February 11, 2019

SOAR Coaching Academy is participating in the John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative in April 2019

#GYIPittsburghApril
4 Weekends in 4 Communities

Every year in April and October, John Maxwell Team Members for all over the world participate in youth workshops and events. This year for 4 weekends in April, SOAR Coaching Academy will be in 4 communities in Pittsburgh PA!

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New Edition of the Place to SOAR TV

THE PLACE TO SOAR GTE

LIFE THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS
Moving back to my home city of Pittsburgh has been quite an adventure, especially from the standpoint of relaunching my business and television show. I am please to announce that The Place to SOAR TV is launching a new edition in my home city of Pittsburgh PA. The show is a part of the community television network, originally created at Princeton Community TV in New Jersey; hence the new name The Place to SOAR NJE (New Jersey Edition). I believe in the power of public access television and am proud to be a part of the community here in Pittsburgh.

Now I am so pleased to launch the show in Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Community TV; hence The Place to SOAR GTE (Golden Triangle Edition). The first three episodes are an introduction to the show, a segment on community policing, and a segment on Liberating TAMAR, a nonprofit organization that strives to heal those who have been impacted by trauma.

FIRST PITTSBURGH GUESTS
My first Pittsburgh guests are an entrepreneurial couple, Vicky and Michael, from North Versailles. They are working with Idea Foundry and Penn State University Greater Allegheny to launch a healthy soul food business. I met them serendipitously at an OMA Pittsburgh event, Food for the Soul. Food for the Soul is indeed what Vicky, a spiritual chef, provides for her customers. Production for a 3-part documentary begins on January 4 with a kickoff planning meeting. Three parts of one story – the personal, the business, and the collaborative, all in line with my motto: Do more to SOAR!

WATCH THE SHOW
Catch the Place to SOAR GTE on Tuesdays at 8:30 PM ET.
The series runs from January to June. Comcast CH 21. Verizon CH 47.
And of course on YouTube:
The Place to SOAR NJE | The Place to SOAR GTE.