SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Terrica Griggs Young was downright ecstatic after reaching what obviously was the pinnacle of her career a few years ago when she earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management.
Although she was left smiling from ear to ear, something transpired shortly thereafter that essentially prompted Young to re-assess the overall landscape of her career as a seasoned, progressive educator.
“I began to notice a huge lack of self-esteem in our girls a few years ago,” Young told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I remember getting my doctorate and having my mentor come speak at my school.”
As Griggs, a native Memphian recalls, it wasn’t long afterward that one particular engagement at her school eventually turned emotional.
“One of my girls burst into tears saying she would never be able to reach that level of success,” Young explained. “I decided at that moment that I would do all I could to make every child feel special, but particularly work to equip young girls with knowledge, skills, confidence, and the support they need to pursue their dreams.”
To her credit, Young steadfastly has made good on her pledge of aiding youngsters to rediscover their passion and purpose for which God created them.
A 1993 Memphis Central High and Tennessee State University graduate, Young, 39, has ventured off into yet another prestigious realm in a notable education career that spans nearly two decades.
While assuming the role as Educational Director for San Antonio-based Cedar Creek School in which she oversees thirteen private schools throughout the western part of the United States, Young has emerged as a life coach/motivational speaker whereby she focuses primarily on the teenage population, most notably geared toward young girls.
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Unlike in years’ past when Young’s availability within the San Antonio community was extremely limited, in large part because of her extensive travel schedule, her increased interest in mentorship has enabled her to become a fixture in the area, a trend she has fully welcomed since starting her mentorship practice.
“I hope to offer lessons of empowerment, abundance and purpose to all of my clients by helping them set goals and plan for a future filled with promise,” said Young, explaining the mission for her latest venture. My increased interest in mentorship and coaching have enabled me to be more present in my local community, something I have taken for granted since I travel a great deal with my job.”
In addition, Young customarily volunteers with and serve on a panel of a high school dance team in Cibolo, Texas (which is in the outskirts of San Antonio), and periodically partners with several organizations in and around the San Antonio area to volunteer or assist in various capacities.
“My latest venture is pageantry, which has allowed me to network with beautiful and accomplished women all over Texas who have a common goal to inspire others and enrich their communities,” Young said. “As Mrs. Cibolo, I have attended a number of community events, bringing awareness to my platform and seeking opportunities to serve.”
Also, Young has been afforded opportunities to conduct speaking engagements before an array of sizable crowds nationwide during which her primary emphasis remained the same — helping inspire youngsters to believe in themselves, thus broaden their horizon.
“I believe God gifted me with the ability to encourage others to reach their full potential,” Young said. “Through consulting, coaching, and mentoring, it is my personal mission to help others see their value and use their skills to enhance their lives and the lives of others.”
Spoken like a passionate life coach.
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