Founder — CEO
I started Mshauri mentoring program because I see myself in so many of our young male and females in the neighborhoods I once lived in.
I remember being about nine years old and my mom not being able to buy Christmas gifts for my siblings and I. My mentor took me and bought me a Little Tikes bike. Not only did he buy me that bike, he also got everybody in my house something. I knew at that moment he genuinely cared about me.
At the young age of 16 I lost my first child due to a miscarriage and my mother in the same year. I had to take on a lot of adult responsibilities and not knowing how to deal with the hurt, pain and the feeling of being lost; I turned to selling drugs and living the street life.
My long time mentor saw me spiraling and gave me a position within the church; Assistant Youth Coordinator. I oversaw the daily events, activities and programs but most importantly I was able to see other impacted youth just like me who actually looked up to me. I grew in this position and gained the trust of the youth within the program and I started being the responsible leader I had always been destined to be.
Having a mentor and the program at the church as an outlet allowed me to feel safe. I was able to open up but my daily life experiences and
never felt judged. I was able to use my experiences to connect to other youth who were experiencing some of the same things I was rather that was homelessness, food shortages, not having clean or adequate clothing etc.
My mentor saved my life by giving me the confidence and notion that I wasn’t alone. The position that he entrusted me with allowed me to see that it was my responsibility to help the next at risk youth to the best of my ability.
Mshauri Mentoring Program is that safe place for kids. A place where at risk youth can come and express their feelings and deal with their emotions as well as their mental health issues openly. This is a safe, no judgement zone. We help with internships, entrepreneurships, life coaching, financial literacy and we hope to be able to also provide our disadvantaged youth with housing opportunities.