Mentor Shatoyia Jones: Goal-Setting & Accountability; Self-development, Entrepreneurship, Multiple Streams of Income, Wealth Building
and I always wanted to have the capacity to rise above my circumstances and be successful (live a life of peace, financial stability, travel, positive impact making---a life of choice and options). Growing up, having material things was more important than paying bills on time--my parental figure working hard hours only to continue living paycheck to paycheck and having to ask favors to keep the lights on, food on the table and upkeep an image that was slowly crumbling with every child who left home to pursue a better life. Though it's a joke where I come from, I self-harmed almost everyday. The racism (more like colorism) down South is very explicit and is embedded into the framework of even my culture.
As a young woman of African descent, helping others who identity as BIPOC overcome our unique obstacles--personally, professionally, financially, socially, historically and presently--has always been a deep passion of mine. Growing up, I witnessed BIPOC work tirelessly just to put food on the table for their families and then pass away in debt, unfulfilled and haven't known what it means to truly enjoy life. As a person of African descent living in the USA, I feel a duty to help us as a collective combat our unique obstacles in society that everyone else are either insensitive to or just don't care about. I witnessed and continue to witness the generational and historical effects of the lack of awareness (or desire to be aware) of how essential a supportive community, a mentor, education, and health is to escaping the mental and financial poverty we all grew up in. We all have dreams of being wealthy and living a high quality life, but we are not taught the fundamentals of stability and wealth building or how to navigate the system to get there, especially as people of color, and even more specifically, people of African descent in America. And allies are not taught how to effectively get involved and help make this knowledge and resources more accessible to diverse demographics.
What It is Like Working With Me
" I don't know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don't think I will ever know everything, but it's important to me to constantly challenge myself, to understanding different viewpoints, really understanding nuance in topics, so I can feel qualified in what I say, so I'm not preaching falsely of what I'm unaware of."
After you get a free consultation to see if you would be a great match for my program and vice versa, I would start off with getting to know each other, sharing stories and setting expectations. I want to know your story and really understand who you are as an individual. We would then move forward with creating a custom strategy and blueprint for you to reach your personal, professional and financial goals.
Communication is important to me, and I hope we would be able to establish a relationship of open communication--whether it be via e-mail, phone or video calls--to not only save time but to make sure we are on the same page. Ultimately, I genuinely want to see you succeed in life, supporting you through tough times and celebrating the victories (small and large) with you. I give tough love with a compassionate delivery so that you are held accountable to the goals and vision that you have set. I support you in choosing the right paths that work for YOU and your goals.
Skills I Offer + My Specialties
Diversity is the representation of a variety of audiences in culture, features, perspectives and beliefs. Inclusion is the creation of a space where each individual is not only represented in being asked to sit at the table but also to be invited to influence the conversations, decisions made and opportunities to be had and received.
With 14 years (and counting) of experience in the management and program development, cultural transformation and DEI / EDI / D&I industries, she was recently selected to serve as the sole project leader forBeyond El Campoliteracy project in Costa Rica, Youth Engagement Specialist forSelf/Dial AmeriCorps, Guest Workshop Host forConsortium for High Achieving Students of Color at Trinity College, Special Guest atMIT Innovation Conference& Harambe Seed Funding atHarvard Business.
She has earned astrong reputationfor being a visionary, forward-thinking and compassionate leader who doesn't quite believe in the "impossible" and was recently selected to provide press coverage for the following events: 3-day conference: Improving Outcomes for Students Living in Poverty and Trauma with theCollaborative for Educational Services, HerConference: Empower NYC withHerCampus,Power in Your PurseAwards andBusiness Fights PovertyNYC just to name a few (more listed under 'Awards and Accolades' on this page).In 2019, she served as reigning Ms. Massachusetts 2019 AWOS and Miss Black America Mass 2018.
First Ladies of Poverty Foundation's mentors are hand-picked, curated and vetted by our leadership team. We are serious about providing you with a variety of compassionate, resourceful and supportive mentors who can provide the best support and expertise for living your absolute best and most successful life (as humanly possible). From self love and healing to finding a support system to goal setting and financial management, our mentors are ready to assist you on your next steps to creating a better future for yourself and your loved ones.