BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Childress Group LLC | Dream It Forward FoundationHampton, GA
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:The Childress Group LLC is a boutique tax, legal support, and business consulting firm. We offer all things tax-related including tax advice and strategies, preparation, and representation before the IRS. Our legal support includes mediation, arbitration, and legal contract review and drafting. In the business consulting space, we specialize in small businesses including entertainers, solo entrepreneurs, and small enterprises with 0-99 employees. What sets us apart is our employee’s diverse backgrounds in the business and legal fields. Our specialty is working with minority enterprises as we understand their unique struggles and needs.
The Dream It Forward Foundation is a youth-based nonprofit organization where our mission is to help build a foundation of knowledge, life skills, and cultural awareness that will promote mental, physical, social, and emotional growth within the lives of underserved and at-risk youth. We achieve our mission by increasing graduation rates and college readiness, literacy, and cultural awareness; while promoting high self-esteem and healthy behaviors. All in order to build a solid community of successful leaders and well-rounded individuals for generations to come. What sets us apart is that we are unaware of any other youth mentoring programs in Georgia that provide global mentoring to youths around the world.
THE STORY:I started the Childress Group LLC in 2012 right before completing law school. Before attending I had prepared taxes for about 10 years and worked in the IRS as an Error Resolution Specialist and Instructor for 5 years. During my undergraduate years, I studied Business Administration and had a knack for small business development. Then, during law school, I found a love for reviewing contracts. I decided that I would not be a traditional attorney, but instead combine my love for business, my expertise in taxation, and my instinct in contract development to start a boutique firm in which I could share them all with my clients.
The Dream It Forward Foundation was started because I've always had a passion for helping others. I was a 19-year-old single mother going to school and working for a youth based non profit in my hometown. There I was so comfortable working with the children, it just made me happy. After going through life, supporting myself, and finding myself, I knew I wanted to provide that support system for other at-risk youths. I started the organization once I had the time and means, and it was formed for teen girls and single mothers. It has now grown to support all youths of 18 years and younger as well as single mothers 25 years and younger. We went from mentoring 5 girls to hundreds in the last three years. We also implemented a summer feeding program, in which we are in our 3rd year, and have served over 50,000 meals to youth in underserved communities. Today we have our Global Mentoring Program with mentees from three US States and two countries including the US and Uganda.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
Over the years, I have received recognition for work in both my business and organization with features in the HuffPost, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and Voyage Magazine. I am a two-time grant award winner from The Pollination Project for my work as a social change-maker, and I received the 2016 Georgia Trend 40-Under-40, which is given to Georgia's best and brightest in different fields who have yet to reach the age of 40. Despite many awards and accolades, I am most proud of seeing my teenage daughter follow in my footsteps who is now paving the way as her own change-maker.
ROADBLOCKS AND CHALLENGES:
I'm a mother of four, three girls and one boy who is the boss baby of the house. I share my life with my children's father. My hobbies are painting, drawing, and writing, and my personal interests involve empowering other women to be their best selves and my advocacy/activism for minority rights and education. My struggles have been in raising myself since the age of 17 and navigating my way through life on my own accord.
My heroes are Michelle Obama, who is just the epitome of black girl excellence, Angela Rye and her powerful voice for activism, Taraji P. Henson who raised her child and still followed her dreams, and my mom who decided to go back to college after raising children and having her own struggles to become the nurse she always wanted to be. My mentor had to be my law school Dean, Sheryl Harrison-Mercer, who motivated and encouraged me to push through even if she doesn't know how much she made an impact.
CONTACT INFORMATION:I share my businesses and life through my brand IAmYaminah Inc.