Many youths today aren’t given a chance to advance in life. Educator Monique Robinson dreams of the day that this problem is nothing but a page on a history book. Through her non-profit organization, A Better Chance for Youth Inc., she looks to give more students a chance toward a better future by providing education support and empowerment programs.
We sat down with Monique to hear the story of ABC Youth Inc., and what they are doing to address problems among the youth minority in the country.
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Monique S. Robinson. I’m an educator by profession. I also head up a small team that runs an organization called A Better Chance for Youth Inc. I have a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wilberforce University and a MEd in education leadership and EdS in education leadership.
I believe that my calling in life is to help prepare the youth for a brighter future. It just so happens that the way that I do that is through education support. I hear people who have achieved so much in life because they had educators that pushed and inspired them beyond just academics. I want to be that kind of educator.
Q. So what does A Better Chance for Youth Inc. do?
Monique Robinson: Our programs at ABC Youth Inc. are all about empowering students through educational support. Personally, my goal for our scholars is to make college a reality. We start by making it a dream to begin with. I find that so many of today’s minority youth in our community miss out on numerous opportunities simply because they think it’s impossible. We want to show them that it is and to prepare them to make that leap of faith.
We like to think of A Better Chance for Youth Inc. as our way of “shining our light” through youth education and empowerment.
Q. What has driven the movement of ABC Youth Inc.?
Monique Robinson: Almost every board member and volunteer at ABC Youth Inc. is an educator. The driving force we all share is a love for kids. We love the youth, and we want to spend our lifetime lifting them. I think that if you’re able to help the youth, you’ll make an even more significant impact on society. The youth is the future, and if we can’t take care of them, what kind of future will this world have?
Q. What are some of the programs at A Better Chance for Youth Inc.?
Monique Robinson: We do a bunch of different things. Our main thing is challenging our beneficiaries through our programs. We do specialized tests, tutorials, and other resources to prepare students for assessments, challenging classes, and even real-life situations. We also offer motivational speaking at schools and centers. Anything really to speak life to these kids.
We also have another fantastic program: developing support groups for minority families. I find that many parents don’t know what scholarship opportunities are out there for their kids. We try to educate them as much as we can and even raise financial support to send their kids to school and give them all sorts of preparation for entrance exams and screenings. We hope to provide college tours and consultation services for families seeking scholarships and college very soon.
Q. You have no shortage of vision and motivation. What do you hope to achieve?
Monique Robinson: The goal of the organization is to affect positive change in the community. The best way to do that is through the youth. We hoped that by giving education consulting, test preparation consulting, community connections, and motivational speaking, we can show the youth just how much potential they have and value education above anything.
We’re all about creating awareness around educational opportunities that could lead to some fantastic careers in the future. We also want to help students figure out what they love to do and to pursue that.
Q. What’s next for A Better Chance for Youth Inc.?
Monique Robinson: We dream of the day where our beneficiaries can get college degrees. I can only imagine what it would be like to have an alumni program where we bring back the students we’ve helped and share their stories with other kids about how education made a significant impact in their lives. That will be the day.