MISSION AND HISTORY
The Can Accept My imPerfection (The C.A.M.P.) is a 501 (c) 3 organization for teen girls. Our mission is to elevate teenage girls’ positive Self-Esteem and Leadership through targeted learning labs that build life skills to face a changing culture, adapt to societal pressures, and deal with influences from social media.
Who We Are
We are a network of local professional women who are stepping into our community and recovering our teenage girls. We empower young girls by building their self-esteem. Our team of directors assists in establishing teen girls' self-esteem by coaching, informing, challenging and teaching them to love who they are within their imPerfections. Through interactive empowerment workshops, C.A.M.P. volunteers and mentors encourage teenage girls to discover their full potential and innate talents, while influencing positive behaviors and attitudes in their life journeys.
Many teenage girls worldwide confront obstacles growing up that can hinder the ability to reach their full potential. Statistics reflect there is a teen crisis in America with young girls. Low self-esteem thinking disorder gravely affects the ability to have a positive self-image, causing self-worth, self-esteem and overall development issues. Teen girls that have and/or experience a negative view of themselves are four times more likely to take part in sexual activities that they regret later. There is a 75 percent ratio of girls with low self-esteem reported that engage in negative activities such as cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating.
Statics report that 7 in 10 teen girls believe that they are not good enough and do not measure up. This includes their looks, performance in school, and relationships with friends and family members (American Psychological Association, 2002). Teen girls need positive female role models women who have confronted and overcome obstacles that impact their self-esteem and self-worth to become successful. They need women with life experiences who gain strength by coming together to network and recognize the importance of empowering teen girls to become productive successful members of society, giving something back to their communities and to other women worldwide.
A native Central Floridian, Sherod fell in love with helping others at an early age. Inspired by assisting her parents as volunteers in various inner city non-profit organizations, Sherod developed a deep passion for assisting others and teamwork even as she played basketball for Valencia College. This resolve remained with her through college, leading her to get her BA in Christian Counseling from Faith Christian University. For over 15 years, Sherod has provided counseling, and health and fitness training to youth. Through academic training programs and ownership of a Junior Orlando Magic Basketball Program, Sherod has contributed to positive youth development with emphasis on helping young girls. She desires to develop responsible women with a sense of pride to achieve their dreams.
Sherod acquired executive experience through management positions held with corporate employers including FedEx, PRC and Spirit. Sherod is a Certified Corporate Trainer from Rollins College and Project Manager from George Washington University. With this managerial background, she is poised to administer and implement initiatives that will help young girls avoid pitfalls and reach their full potential.
Sherod passionately said, "I am happy spending my days helping young girls be the best that they can be. I am excited to see where we can take C.A.M.P.!"
"You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly." ― Steve Maraboli
FOUNDER & CIO
Alisha A. Collins is a founding member of Hope Alive Ministries where she received ordination as a minister at the age of 20 years old in 2011. Collins is currently studying at Southeastern University, where she is completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Music Technology and Leadership. She is also a prominent athlete participating in the university’s Women’s Basketball program. Because of Collins’ passion for children and their well-being, she aims to give adolescents a safe haven for self-development, as well as wisdom facilities to better themselves.
Collins is also striving to further her education in the ministry of music; she aspires to produce/song-write within her own admired genre of Inspirational-Healing.
“No one is flawless, but the Beauty of Him that I have become acquainted with [on the inside] is rightfully Perfect; I give of Myself…Take All the Inspiration You Need!” – Alisha Collins
Pastor Julia Starling
After years of sitting under the Word of God, working, and serving behind the scenes in ministry, God released Julia Starling to minister to His people. Julia speaks from a special place that is both a blessing to parishioners and those in leadership. Julia communicates from a very clear and practical light. With openness and transparency, God is using Julia to restore and empower the believer to go from knowing the promises of God to experiencing the manifestations of God.
Native of Sanford, Florida, Julia and her husband, Joseph, are founders and Pastors of Hope Alive Ministries. Julia is a graduate of Faith Christian University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Christian Counseling. Julia is also the host of “When Two Become One”, a weekly radio broadcast, which covers topics concerning marriage, family and parenting issues. Julia states, “My desire is to see people fulfill their purpose in God, it’s an honor to be used by God and to add value to the life of any person.”
Dr. Sheila Dixon
Dr. Sheila Dixon is the Executive Director of NS Weaver Restoration House & Outreach Mission a transitional homeless facility for single women and single women with children. Dr. Dixon is the co-founder for the homeless facility her mission is to bring single woman and single woman with children back to self-sufficiency. Dr. Dixon is a certified financial Life coach and an ordained executive pastor. She currently teaches life coping skills and financial literacy to families and individuals. Dr. Dixon has helped many people recover from financial distress. Dr. Dixon’s quest is to assist residents of the homeless facility with emotional and psychological support. Dr. Dixon’s passion is to assist people to transition from homelessness state and impoverishment to restoration. Dr. Dixon volunteers for various homeless shelters providing case management services, financial literacy training and teaching life coping skills. Dr. Dixon has served previously on several non-profit boards and is an advocate for the homeless populace.
Dr. Dixon has a BA in psychology, Christian Counseling and Masters in psychology non-profit management. Dr. Dixon is currently obtaining a second doctoral degree at Walden University to become an applied social psychologist.
Shatakia Niles is the Founder and Director of Operations for Lorraine & Associates Administrative Services (LAAS), a business development company which focuses on non-profit organizations and small businesses. LAAS provides such services as website design/maintenance and organizing start-up solutions for clients. Shatakia enjoys consulting and providing services to start-up clients in need.
Shatakia attended Nova Southeastern University, earning her BA in Business Professional Management and a minor in Finance. Beginning a career in the insurance industry while pursuing her degree, Shatakia now has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. She climbed the ranks and learned the “ins and outs” of the insurance industry, spending most of her career with CNA Insurance, holding her last position as a Business Analysis Director of the Inland Marine Organization. Looking to expand her company knowledge and underwriting background, Shatakia also spent time at Hanover Insurance managing a portfolio of agent/broker business within Georgia and Alabama, focusing on Property, Inland Marine and Ocean Cargo lines.
Shatakia believes that giving back and participating in community are important to her life and strives to do so in the areas that she feels called to. Most recently, Shatakia has taken on her biggest endeavor following the vision placed on her heart of empowering women, personally and in business, through the Soul Healing Conference. The inaugural conference took place in September 2015 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. In 2016, she was also appointed as a board member and treasurer of Ambassadors, Inc., a non-profit mentoring program for homeless youth.