S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education Curriculum

You’ve done a great job building up your program and empowering your leaders to change the lives of the youth you serve. Yet you still find disengaged, unmotivated students and maybe your reports show it. From high dropout and teen pregnancy rates to poor test scores and low literacy levels, your program could use the support of a unique literacy and life skills curriculum that can reverse that and help your students deal with life and prepare for and overcome the obstacles that keep them from succeeding.

Have you ever seen a single curriculum that:


academic performance * standardized test scores * graduation rates * post-secondary attendance rates * social and emotional learning and expression



Bullying *  discipline referrals * dropouts * teen pregnancy * the devastating impacts of ACE’s (adverse childhood experiences)?


The S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills and Character education curriculum uses the real-life story of former teen mother turned resilient, success story, Summer Owens, to help schools and youth programs empower students to achieve success regardless of their challenges.

Through workbooks, students explore their lives and their obstacles, examine their choices, and learn to eliminate the excuses that often hold them back. This ACE’s-informed curriculum gets to the core of students’ challenges to increase their interest in reading, knowing themselves, and achieving goals. The curriculum uses higher learning standards for English Language Arts to build literacy skills while teaching valuable life lessons and character traits to help students make good choices and create their own S.O. What! success stories.

A Proven Curriculum Driven by stories and backed by data

I’ve been a firm believer in the impact of this book/curriculum for students since its conception. I know from experience with students that it impacts their belief, hope, social, emotional well-being especially our at-risk students.

– Ebony Suggs, Principal, Shelby County Schools

When you bring the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum to your program, you get the pride of having more engaged and driven students, increased literacy rates, and so much more.

  • 90% were more likely to set goals
  • 88% were more likely to consider the long-term impact of their actions
  • 92% of participants agreed the program made an impact on what they perceive they can accomplish.
  • 94% of students planned to graduate from high school
  • 80% reported improved self-esteem
  • 79% were more likely to speak up about someone being bullied
  • 82% were more likely to get involved in school organizations


Which S.O. What! Literacy and Life Skills Curriculum Do You Need for Your Program?

My passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. I am most excited about how the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum has improved literacy levels, motivation, and post-secondary education aspirations in some of our most vulnerable students. This includes elementary life skills curriculum and middle school curriculum. As a youth keynote speaker, author, and success coach, I love using life’s challenges to provide youth and young adults useful strategies around the country.

I’m a college motivational speaker that gets results! My extensive leadership and involvement experience in high school and in college, as a teen mother, laid the foundation for helping me to realize her S.O. What! Success- success in spite of any challenges. After publishing my memoir, I left a 15-year corporate career with the Memphis Grizzlies, ServiceMaster, and FedEx to speak full-time using my experience and unique ability to connect with youth and young adults to help them excel in college, careers, and life. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, I also work as a empowerment speaker for women.

Contact me! I’d love to share how the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum was implemented in one of the largest school districts in the country and how you can use it too.

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