Shatoyia Jones is Shifting the Poverty Mindset

Shatoyia Jones is the founder of The First Ladies of Poverty Foundation. She and her partners her on a mission to bring an end to poverty among women of ethnic decent by providing education and resources. Keep reading to learn more about Shatoyia Jones.

Tell Me About Your Business and What Led You to Start It.

We know that poverty is about more than just your finances; it is a lack of access. Mental, physical, and emotional poverty is just as important as financial poverty (if not more so) and could be holding you back from living the life you work hard for and deserve. 

Women of ethnic descent, in general, have historically have not been and still is not giving the credibility, recognition, or personal, professional, and leadership opportunities they deserve no matter how qualified (or overly) or hardworking.

The First Ladies of Poverty Foundation is here to change that by providing services that take into account the unique obstacles of women of ethnic descent, while also providing leadership, personal and professional development assistance to allies.

We want to help you understand the cycle of poverty as a whole and empower you to create a plan for a more stable, fulfilling life for you and your loved ones. We expect to excel in all aspects of our lives and to help you do the same. We specialize in breaking glass ceilings within ourselves, our families and ultimately, our communities.

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What are 3 Unique Things About You?

I started 3 businesses before I was 15.

I am a state pageant queen, educational consultant, diversity and inclusion consultant, dancer and public access show Executive producer– I don’t fit in a box AT ALL.

I am classically trained in violin but prefer improvisation, Jazz, rhythm and blues.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

My biggest accomplishments so far have been the persistence in achieving my goals while supporting and having a positive impact on those around me. I have my own diversity and inclusion consulting company, re-branded as of 2019. 

I have my own foundation that my upbringing has been the inspiration for. We now have over 15+ partners and counting, in addition to a chapter program, classes, and workshops, and looking to develop a scholarship and grant program.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned so far?

Love is the most courageous, brave and noble thing anyone can do. Though we often believe the opposite by being a hard*** or trying to be tough, it actually takes more–strength and courage–to love than hate. 

Another one of the biggest lessons I have learned is that this world was not created to be fair, nor will justice simply be handed to you–you have to fight for it, and it may very well cost your livelihood. 

I know that should be obvious, but we (community leaders) often go in fighting for our rights as if the systems in place were created for us in the first place, which is actually more damaging to our cause and efforts and allows the bare minimum to be done to pacify us.

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