Why is Summer the ideal motivational speaker for youth and community programs?
As a high school sophomore, I stood out as a pregnant teenager. For over half of my life, I was a single mother. Even before then, I struggled with liking myself. I had low-esteem, acne, stretch marks and just didn’t like myself. I ran away from home, I challenged authority. I was hurt, frustrated, and confused. I had many of the same issues today’s youth face. However, I overcame my challenges. I got involved in extracurricular activities and became VP of my senior class and editor of the yearbook staff. I was voted Most Likely to Succeed and graduated number 8 in my class of over 200 students. In spite of my situation, I won the JCPenney Golden Rule Award as well as several other honors as a youth volunteer which helped me to earn a full scholarship to college. With my two-year-old son, I moved away for college and set myself on a path for success in life. In college, I continued to grow and develop as well as give back to my community. Through my sorority and other campus organizations, I donated my time and talent to meaningful community efforts. In addition to my academics and campus involvement, my community involvement helped me to earn the title of Miss University of Memphis. My volunteerism and philanthropy continued throughout my corporate career. I learned many valuable lessons as a young mother, college student and young professional. Serving on several nonprofit boards and am the founder of the S.O. What! Foundation, I still recognize the tremendous value of youth and community organizations and am honored when I have the opportunity to help them meet their goals.
As a motivational speaker, I show youth and young adults how to become successful for themselves, their families, and their communities. My programs help youth avoid unnecessary challenges and overcome the ones they already face. My openness about my own insecurities makes youth comfortable about their situation so they start thinking and talking. Whatever youth want to talk about, and even what may be uncomfortable, I want to discuss with them. Openly, honestly, and without judgment.
My goal Is to get high school students to make the most of their high school years and position themselves for post-secondary opportunities and prepare them for the transition from teenage to young adults.