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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


Youth development and homeschooling a teenager #Homeschool #Homeschooling #BlackHomeschooling

The video above is an excerpt from my presentation “Success in Homeschooling Our Teens” presented June 2020 in the Liberated Minds Virtual Expo. I talk about the ways that we conflate “outcomes” and “opportunities” and how it is helpful to determine what we want the learning outcomes to be before we plan activities that offer … Continue reading Youth development and homeschooling a teenager #Homeschool #Homeschooling #BlackHomeschooling

Record-Keeping for Your Dual-Enrolled Homeschooled Child

This video is an explanation of what college general education requirements are and how to organize your child’s records if they are homeschooling for high school and taking college courses. It’s hard enough managing your own life, but having to find order to your child’s educational progress to be able to advise them and help … Continue reading Record-Keeping for Your Dual-Enrolled Homeschooled Child

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

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a resource for parents, educators and youth workers