Tashia M Brewer has been a true representation of a rose which grew from concrete. It is Tashia’s purpose in life to share her challenges as a testimony for others. Through spirituality, gratitude and guidance, Tashia has been able to overcome hardships while remaining optimistic and an uplifting spirit for those around her. At an early age, Tashia knew education would be her ticket out of the drug and poverty infested town of Jersey City, NJ. Her grandmother, Aunt Margaret, and mother, played an integral role in keeping her involved with church and extracurricular activities. She was a student of the college bound program for 7 years which helped prepared her for college. In 2006, she was the first in her family to leave Jersey City to attend college out of state at Virginia State University. She completed her first year of college with honors but due to finances, had to return home. Her best friend’s mother Denise Aunt Gloria, orchestrated for her to receive a $10,0000 scholarship from the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund. She was able to return to VSU and graduated in 2012 with her Master’s in clinical health psychology. She is currently the Director of two group homes in Chesterfield, VA, where she counsels and empowers residents to live up to their highest potential. Tashia is a strong believer in community service as a method to build gratitude and appreciation of life, thus she incorporates it in her programs for foster care youth. Tashia’s most vital role is being a mother to her 6-year-old daughter, Mia and a role model for her 5 younger siblings and family members. In her spare time, Tashia is a Double Dutch coach, using the exciting sport of Double Dutch to empower youth to set and achieve goals. Through her work with youth who have suffered with mental illness, she has identified cultural factors that are not being addressed in conventional therapies. This birthed her platform ‘Color me Beautiful’ which uses therapeutic mentorship to help improve self-esteem. She plans to develop her own group homes and therapeutic after school programs to provide culturally specific interventions to address mental illness in urban youth. Tashia’s story has only begun, the rest is still unwritten.
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