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


Let Them Know How You Feel About a New Homeschool Advisory Board in Maryland on March 3

I graduated my daughter from our homeschool last Spring, a month before she earned her associates degree from the Community College of Baltimore County in June. She is now across the country at her university while I still do research and community organizing in Maryland. I also continue to direct Black Family Homeschool Educators and … Continue reading Let Them Know How You Feel About a New Homeschool Advisory Board in Maryland on March 3

Maimouna Youssef aka ‘MuMu Fresh’ Talks About Life as a Homeschooling Mom

In 2011, when I was a freelance writer for SoulTrain.com, back when it was owned by Magic Johnson, I was assigned to write music reviews and Q and A’s with new artists. One of the artists I interviewed was Maimouna Youssef, also known as MuMu Fresh. This multi-talented artist presents brazen intelligence and undaunted confidence. … Continue reading Maimouna Youssef aka ‘MuMu Fresh’ Talks About Life as a Homeschooling Mom

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