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Meet Trilisa Collier of Northeast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Trilisa Collier.

Hi Trilisa, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Growing up as a child in Baltimore City, I had some traumatic things happen to me, and I had no one to talk to. Sure my mother was there, along with my grandmother, aunts, and cousins, but I needed someone I knew would help me and not just brush it off. I said I would be that go-to person when I grew up. I started working in the education field as a substitute teacher in 1997, and it was there that I started to build relationships with young girls who were just troubled. We would talk about their actions and the consequences. Through budget cuts in Baltimore City School system, I had to find employment elsewhere and became employed with Baltimore City School Police. I would cry at the number of students that were being arrested. After an injury, I went back to school for Early Childhood Education and then started to work at a preschool. Although that was rewarding, I didn’t feel that was my calling, so I took a job at a high school in Anne Arundel County, and that’s where I started my mentorship LEAPING INTO LADYHOOD INC 🦋. (L.I.LI.) I would target the young ladies I saw sitting alone in the cafeteria or those who kept skipping school or classes. We would do a circle on Tuesdays where we would discuss anything that occurred over the weekend or anything that was bothering and hindering them from becoming successful and graduating high school. I assisted them in getting their assignments and talking with their teachers. There were some challenges, but they knew I was there to help. I must say that they all received their high school diplomas. Some are now in college, and some went into the workforce and are now parents because college is not for everyone, which prompted me to start the next phase of my mentorship because my girls are now ladies/women LADIES INSPIRING PROMOTING SELF-WORTH 💋. (L.I.P.S) I keep in contact with them to ensure they are on track and, if they need my assistance, how I can assist them. I am working on my degree in Social Work. I would like to open some centers for young girls with my mobile mentorship so I am not locked into helping just one particular group of girls in one area but several areas throughout Baltimore City.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road anything I did for them I had to do with my own money. I hope that changes and I can get some grants to move my program forward. Getting the girls to trust me was challenging until I told them my story, and they gradually started to open up. My program was based in Anne Arundel County at the time, so now, my biggest challenges are finding buildings and transportation to move forward with my vision in Baltimore City.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As I stated before, I worked in education. I did that for almost 20 years in different job titles. That was most rewarding for me to be able to help children. Unfortunately, it didn’t pay my bills, and I was struggling. I went back to working on the police side, working for a government police agency and working part-time as a receptionist for a car dealership. The hours at the police department were hindering my health, so I recently took a job as a clerk for the court system. Again I am working on my degree in Social Work, and hopefully, my mentorship and helping young girls and women can be my business. What sets me apart from others is that my trauma did not stop me from wanting to help others. It motivated me more knowing that I could assist someone else in becoming successful just by saying I had been through a lot, and look at me today.

Had we love to hear about any fond memories you have from growing up?
My favorite childhood memory is my 3rd-grade teacher Mrs. Frazier coming to pick me up on Sundays to attend church with her and her family.

I hope that I can get the funding needed to start my dream to come to life….because I know that struggles of Baltimore City I am a child who grew up there taught there mentored there and would like to assist in helping girls/young ladies there. That’s my passion and my dream.

Pricing:

  • $300,000.00 for two buildings
  • $50,000.00 for two buses or vans
  • $20,000.00 for lap tops and furniture

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