Meet the Founders
In the fall of 2010, five young women, who are now graduates of Howard University, saw the need for a mentorship program that assisted students with their matriculation through college. These ladies were not privileged to have someone guide them through the various obstacles they faced. They were determined to make a change for the students that followed them.
Shynell Cooper is an assistant coordinator of an after school program at Markham Elementary School in Oakland, CA. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences from Howard University in 2013. While being a student at Howard, Shynell understood the importance of having a mentor. She realized that transitioning to college from high school is not easy. Her decision to become a mentor and pass down knowledge to youth under her is the most fulfilling and rewarding thing that she has ever done. As C.H.I.L.L. continues to expands, Shynell only hopes that she can continue to INSPIRE students to GROW to their full potential, so that they can ACHIEVE the goals they have set before them.
Roxanne Daley is currently in her third year of law school at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Howard University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology. Throughout Roxanne’s matriculation, she learned how vital it is to network with her peers, become a leader, and lend a helping hand to others. As College Has Its Life Lessons expands, Roxanne is confident that it will continue to promote excellence among students who matriculate through high school, college, and graduate school.
Britni Knott is a graduate student at Georgia State University, pursuing a Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Management and Policy. She received a B.S. in Health Sciences from Howard University in 2013. While at Howard University, she learned the importance of higher education and how to use her college experiences to excel in life. As a mentor and youth leader, she envisions C.H.I.L.L. impacting the lives of students around the world and creating successful future leaders.
Kyera Perry has previous experience as an elementary educator and is currently pursuing a license in Real Estate. Before attaining a career in education, she matriculated at Howard University and eventually graduated with a B.S. in Human Development, and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. During her time on campus, she discovered ,through her own experiences, that there was a need to help students understand the reality of being on a college campus. Through C.H.I.L.L., Kyera hopes to expose youth to the obstacles and lessons they will face on their journey, in order to help them be successful. As a result , they will achieve greatness and be inspired to impact the upcoming generations.
Myriah Sparks completed her MBA at Clark Atlanta University with a concentration in Marketing. She is currently a Senior Consultant with North Highland Consulting. She attended Howard University where she received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Myriah discovered her passion and purpose for giving back through mentorship because it was something she lacked growing up. Her vision for C.H.I.L.L. is to continue to impact the lives of youth and providing them with the resources they need to achieve any level of success not just in college but in life.