Teralawanda Aaron created The Spot Youth Empowerment Organization in 2007. She noticed a need for the youth to have knowledge of resources available to them. She felt that if she could provide information on local, state, and federal program, advocacy, jobs, and education opportunities, it would have a great impact on them. She did not just want to provide the information, she wanted to bring it to their neighborhoods.
Ms. Aaron attended Cuyahoga Community College taking courses in Human Services . She began her career in childcare, helping children develop social, emotional, and communication skills. In 2007, she became the Safe Haven Coordinator for Burten Bell Carr Development Inc. in the Cedar-Central Area. She created, organized, and scheduled community building initiatives for the residents, including youth programming. In 2013, she became a Scout Leader with Boy Scouts of America and Program Coordinator at After School Allstars in 2017 where she would earn 2018 Program Leader of the Year.
She has been a board member of Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor and The Family Connection Center. She had volunteered with Black on Black Crime Inc. and Governor's Office Call to Action Regional Leadership Team.
She has received certificates from Ohio State Treasurers Office for Train the Trainer in Financial Literacy, Benefit Bank Counselor from the Ohio Association Second Harvest Foodbank, Foster Care Training from the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, and Faith Based and Community TANF Training from The Ohio Governor's Office.
Teralawanda Aaron believes that the Spot Youth Empowerment Organization can empower the youth with knowledge and skills that will help them become better informed, successful, civic minded citizens and improve the quality of their lives.
Rosshawnda Aaron has been working with The Spot Youth Empowerment Organization since the inception. Watching the youth in her neighborhood she noticed that they needed more employment and educational opportunities. She knew if they had access to those opportunities, it would have an impact on their lives and their communities.
Ms. Aaron began her education at Cuyahoga Community College. She graduated with her Associate Degree in Office Administration. During her studies at Tri-C she began working temporary at Cleveland State University in the Registrar's Office. Once she graduated and gained employment at CSU she began her studies in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She obtained he Bachelor's Degree in Non Profit Administration. She obtained her Real Estate and Property Management Certificate in 2020 and became and Ohio Notary Public in 2022. She has been employed at Cleveland State University for 26yrs.
She has served on the Board of The Family Connection Center as the Board Secretary. She has also volunteered with many local organizations including Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Black on Black Crime, Inc. and Tru 2 U as a mentor in Cleveland Public Schools.
Rosshawnda Aaron believes that the youth in the Cleveland area needs more educational and employment training resources available to them in their own neighborhood which would make it easier for them to take advantage of them.
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