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So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA) began as an LLC in 2005 by Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. Since then,  SOYA has served nonprofit organizations as well as educational institutions and corporations in need of youth development programming, training for employees and curriculum development guidance. In 2016, an off-shoot of SOYA was formed called StudentMediaOnline.com. Visit StudentMediaOnline.com for courses, events and workshops for youth, families, educators and practitioners.

This blog is a resource for educators, youth practitioners and parents. In recent years, Dr. Ali-Coleman has used the site to share resources specific to homeschooling Black children as she is a homeschooling mother and a researcher who focuses on college preparedness, dual-enrollment and homeschooling.

SOYA is guided by principles found in the Advancing Youth Development (AYD) theory developed by the BEST Network. Our mission is to integrate best practiced methods to help young people enjoy opportunities that help facilitate positive youth development.

To schedule a consultation, email soyascholars@gmail.com


Are You a Black Homeschooling Parent, Educator or Adult Who Was Formerly Homeschooled as a Child?

Covid-19 has forced U.S. families into various learning-at-home modalities. Additionally, several scholars have attempted to set the tone for homeschooling in the U.S recently. However, the voices of Black homeschool families and scholars have yet to be heard in substantive ways. To address these issues, the group Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) is … Continue reading Are You a Black Homeschooling Parent, Educator or Adult Who Was Formerly Homeschooled as a Child?

Online Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Moms Conference Starts Today

Whether you are a veteran homeschooler, someone just getting started homeschooling because you want to or because of COVID-19, Michelle Huddleston has created a conference just for you that is online. Register here for access to this online conference. I have three sessions in this second annual conference: If you are a parent who could … Continue reading Online Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Moms Conference Starts Today

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a resource for parents, educators and youth workers