Kicking in the New Year Karaoke Style while setting goals
Kicking in the New Year Karaoke Style while setting goals
Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth Inc., better known as TCYouth Inc., all began when a woman had a dream. A dream to give back to the youth and teach them what she was never taught, as a young teen or an adult; what was needed to succeed in life, financial literacy, career readiness, college prep, mental health awareness and so much more. She wanted to build a community “a village“ for the youth to come to and feel safe; where they know their needs would be helped and not frowned upon or turned away. In the name itself you can see the vision that Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth Inc holds, “Cultivating“ meaning to improve or develop; that is what this nonprofit charity has done since day one.
TCYouth Inc. was established in September 2017 by our founder Traci Ali, who convinced her bestie, Tracey Thomas to come on board as co-founder and Vice President. Once these ladies were able to put their vision into motion, they soon began the search for qualified and loving board members whom they knew would share this same vision for the youth. Ariele Monroe, daughter of Traci Ali joined the board as TCY’s treasurer. Seven months later after expanding and progressing two more board members joined forces with TCY, Sharmine Jones and Rolando Brooks. Because of these five dedicated individuals, who all share the love for the youth TCY has grown to over 200 youth, 9 board members, many volunteers and now offers adult memberships with currently two active members. Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth continues to grown everyday and there is and will be more history made.
Ms. Traci Ali, Philantropist and Leader, founded Tomorrow's Cultivating Youth Inc. in September of 2017. She was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and has a sincere love and passion for the youth. She currently holds her Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources. She is the Founder/President of this amazing community-driven and completely volunteer-based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Her passion is dedicated to serving and assisting the underserved youth in the communities. During her collegiate years and years as a mother, she accessed valuable knowledge and wanted to give that same knowledge back to the youth, including her own. She wanted the youth to be exposed to great opportunities and break generational curses of bad money habits, crime and economic issues. She
previously held the positions of Payroll Manager and Human Resources Manager for 13 plus years. After careful consideration, she decided to return to her first love, teaching children. She previously taught special needs education, in Newark, New Jersey at the New Ark School and a degreed substitute teacher for Prince William County Public Schools from 2003-2005. She was also a girl scout leader in New Jersey for over six (6) years and then for three (3) years in Prince Williams County. She is a mother of 4 amazing adult children and 1 grandchild. She currently serves on the Stafford County Superintendent’s Leadership Advisory Committee and several other youth boards to bring knowledge and skills to the youth in the community.
She is currently self-employed, as a Director/Owner of Knowledge Begins Here Learning Academy and teaches homeschoolers since 2012. She is certified in First Aid/CPR/AED and Medical Authorization Training (M.A.T.). She’s committed to the youth in the communities and proved this by creating a 501(c)3 non profit youth charity organization, called Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth (TCYouth) Inc. in 2017.
Tracey Thomas, is the co-founder of TCYouth Inc. Board and raised in Brooklyn New York,
Born in Milwaukee, WI, Sharmine Jones realized that she had a passion for the youth and actively sought to be a volunteer in her community at a young age. Her personal motto was to “Make a Difference”. Always willing to offer a helping hand from Brownies (Girl Scouts) to Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the importance of giving back to the community has been a resounding passion in Mrs. Jones’s life.
It was with pleasure that Mrs. Jones joined Tomorrow Cultivating Youth as the org motto “It takes a village” accurately reflected Mrs. Jones growing understanding of the socioeconomic changes that many are confronted with. This motto resonated with Mrs. Jones as she once served as an investigator for child abuse and neglect and realized it was the absence of this village (i.e. support system) that allowed some families to fall into disarray. Additionally, with the current school curriculum TCYouth, Inc., stands in the void to offer workshops, tutoring, and assistance that were either no longer offered or was never an option.
Currently Mrs. Jones sits on the Executive Board and serves as the Volunteer Director. She is prior military having serve in the U.S. Coast Guard for twenty years, first as an enlisted member and later as an Officer. Mrs. Jones has a Bachelor of Social Work from Jackson State University and a Masters in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Program from Capella. She is also a published author and writes under the pen name S.N.M. Jones.
Joccelyn E. Coleman, native of the “Rocket City” Huntsville, Alabama, is a STEM professional and youth advocate who seeks to academically and professionally inspire and motivate the youth.
Joccelyn earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she was a DoD SMART Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Information Systems Management from Auburn University.
In recognizing a young adult's need to be involved and represented professionally, Joccelyn charted the Alabama A&M University Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Joccelyn also chartered the Underclassmen Advisory Council within the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University to assist future generations of undergraduate scholars to succeed and have a voice to ensure their academic success.
Among her community involvement, Joccelyn currently serves on the Executive Board of Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth Inc. In addition, she serves as a leader and volunteer in a local STEM Outreach program and youth group.
Kelia Johnson initially joined TCY simply to volunteer. She quickly became very involved and not only assisted during charitable events, but participated in the growth of the organization by leading presentations and bringing new ideas to the workshops curated for our youth. After she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in Public Health with a Health Science concentration and minoring in Biology, Kelia joined TCY as an official Board Member and eagerly stepped into the rigorous role as TCY's sole Fundraising Chair. Kelia's involvement in this organization stems from a personal level of appreciation. She also acknowledges a childhood longing for the same safe, proactive, and supportive environment that TCY currently provides to our community's youth. She often talks about how much she would have benefitted from a program like ours during her adolescence and is happy to aid in impacting lives and creating advantages she never had growing up in the very communities we serve. Kelia is actively looking forward to the full circle moment of seeing youth members through their adolescence and one day working side-by-side with them as we continue the cycle of steering our community to even greater successes than what we had during our young and influential phases of life. them reach their goals.
We at TCYouth Inc is very proud of our Founder/President…one of the nominees for the 2023 Prince William Living Influential Women’s Award. She truly has a passion for the youth. She is out in the neighborhoods speaking to the youth on their needs and providing FREE workshops and educating the youth on financial literacy, mental health awareness, basic life skills, college readiness, workforce readiness and life skills needed to succeed during and beyond high school. She has testified on behalf of some of the youth to change their lives around. She is like a “Mom” to the youth in the communities. Never turns her back to any youth whom she can help. We love and appreciate our Founder-Traci Ali. You are truly an amazing and “Influential Woman”!
Congratulations to our Founder/President on being the Honoree/Recipient of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-PWCC 2022 Courageous Generational Women’s Leadership Award on Financial Literacy! We are so very proud of our Founder.
Congratulations TCYouth Inc on being a recipient of the Rosie‘s Gaming Community Give back grant.
Thank you Rick and Megan for believing in our Financial Literacy Program. With your grant we can reach more youth.