Jania’s passion for creating programs & systems to advance connections within the community began during her early childhood. After moving to Charlotte at the age 6, her mother instilled in her the principles of giving back and community impact. As a high school student, in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, Jania became a participant of Johnson C Smith University’s Upward Bound program. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. It was this program that first exposed her to the possibility of opportunity and the concept of social capital.
A whole new world began to unfold. Jania was able to experience places and Universities outside of North Carolina. She began traveling, developing soft skills and expanding her resources. These new opportunities gave her the confidence to become a leader at her high school. Serving as Senior Class President, earning her induction into The National Honor Society and rising to the top percentile of her class. After receiving several scholarship offers, Jania went on to get her Bachelors in Science from Winston Salem University.
Even with her many accolades, Jania’s lack of social capital became apparent when she began to transition from Corporate America to the very different world of Non-Profit Organizations. Her hard work, dedication, and integrity were evident in the work Jania did in the community, but something was missing. Her network and therefore impact was limited. Realizing that this key part of social capital, a strong network, was the limiting factor in creating the kind of impact she envisioned, the solution became clear.
People needed to be prepared for opportunity by first providing them with an understanding of what social capital is, what it can do for you and how to develop it!
This realization along with her passion for community impact was the foundation for Stiletto Boss University.
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West Charlotte High School
Harding University High School
Cochrane Collegiate Academy
Crossroads Corporation- Grier Heights
Mooresville High School- August 2019