About

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


Why Social Media, Mailing Lists and a New Email Address May Help You Homeschool Better

I’m sure you’ve heard that the only constant is change. Well, it’s true. And, change has totally taken over our world in a matter of months since the introduction of COVID-19 into our lives. For those who are embarking on their homeschooling journey now as a response to COVID-19, the world around you requires you … Continue reading Why Social Media, Mailing Lists and a New Email Address May Help You Homeschool Better

Why Homeschooling is a Better Choice When Compared to Traditional School

When conducting interviews with guest speakers for the inauguralvirtual teach-in presented by Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, I could not leave out the views of a homeschooled child. I decided that it was a great time to include my own daughter who I have homeschooled off and on for 12 years. The interviews were … Continue reading Why Homeschooling is a Better Choice When Compared to Traditional School

High School Homeschoolers May Not Need SAT or ACT to Apply for Fall 2021 College Enrollment

COVID-19 has done some extremely crummy things in this past five months. However, one of the things we may be able to be grateful for is that some colleges and universities have chosen to scrap standardized testing for incoming Fall 2021 freshman. That means that homeschoolers who will be high school seniors this fall applying … Continue reading High School Homeschoolers May Not Need SAT or ACT to Apply for Fall 2021 College Enrollment

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a resource for parents, educators and youth workers