Shardaya Fuquay

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Nominee for Devices and Connectivity; Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem

What is your company and title?

Journey To Healing

 

Tell us why you’re best for the Devices and Connectivity committee!

My name is Shardaya and I am the founder of Journey To Healing. We provide high-quality mental health services such as grief and trauma support for the community. Our recent needs assessment indicated a great need for technology to access supportive services. Due to systematic restraints and digital divides, many families that we serve are unable to access our services.

 

Shardaya is a Detroit native and has a true passion for helping others; her diverse career has spanned everything from special education and curriculum development to trauma-informed care through her non-profit Journey to Healing. Shardaya has extensive experience working with schools to increase equity through universal design for learning and trauma-informed care.

 

While working at the State of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools she used her creative abilities to work with students in small group settings. Shardaya also provided one on one assistance to struggling learners involving both personal development to the whole child alongside their academic progress that can be seen in both tiny increments and large leaps. Mrs. Fuquay is deeply committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities and families who experience trauma. Shardaya Fuquay has a proven ability to provide team leadership, program improvement, and quality initiatives.

 

Tell us why you’re best for the Policy, Advocacy, and Ecosystem committee!

As a community educator and former Detroit teacher, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege of serving Detroit youth. I recognize the importance of advocating to ensure equitable resources for students. I believe I can provide solutions to issues facing youth and families who are low income, children with disabilities, and families affected by systematic impacts.

 

Shardaya is a Detroit native and has a true passion for helping others; her diverse career has spanned everything from special education and curriculum development to trauma-informed care through her non-profit Journey to Healing. Shardaya has extensive experience working with schools to increase equity through universal design for learning and trauma-informed care.

 

While working at the State of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools she used her creative abilities to work with students in small group settings. Shardaya also provided one on one assistance to struggling learners involving both personal development to the whole child alongside their academic progress that can be seen in both tiny increments and large leaps. Mrs. Fuquay is deeply committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities and families who experience trauma. Shardaya Fuquay has a proven ability to provide team leadership, program improvement, and quality initiatives.

 

Why are you interested in serving on a Connect 313 Committee? What do you hope to gain from the experience? 

My mission is to create an ecosystem of community members to learn and create opportunities for change. I believe in not working in a silo and being apart of change means working as a group to create a dynamic force. I believe I can add my expertise in mental health services and my background in teaching in urban education while learning from others who serve the community where I live, learn, and work in. My philosophy and mission align with the goals of the Connect313 Committee. Being apart of this group will allow me to continue grown and learn what services are needed to support my community.

 

What is your vision for bridging the digital divide in Detroit?

I believe the best way to close the digital divide is to adjust technology resources to ensure equitable access to all families regardless of socioeconomic status. Create opportunities where families have the opportunity to have free or low-cost internet high-quality service. Along with having quality internet service, there is a clear need that families need the device to access the internet. In order to ensure this, there is a great need to partner with other organizations to make sure all families have access to modern technology.

 

Please share your current community activities and/or volunteer work.

Support Detroit Engage Home School, Marine Toys for Tots, Crime Stoppers Volunteer, and Grief/ Trauma Counselor.

 

Please share any of your current committee or Board memberships.

Community Connections Grant- Committee Board Member, Great Start Collaborative – parent leader, state of Michigan parent leader, Board member- Mind Management Institute, Founder Journey To Healing, Board President Marygrove Starfish-Parent Committee, and Policy Committee.

 

Please share any skills, experience, or interests that you may have. 

Outreach / Advocacy

Board Experience

Community Service

Grant Writing

Nonprofit Experience

Education / Training

Public Speaking

Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of others)

Relationship Building + Management

Leadership / Coaching Skills

Time Management

Facilitation Skills

 

Please share any other relevant information that you feel is important to include with your nomination. 

Shardaya Fuquay is a results-driven community Educator with 10 years of experience developing and teaching innovative programs that serve diverse populations. Shardaya Fuquay is a certified educator and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education Cognitive Impairment and Learning Disabilities.