As a 2nd-year Master of Social Work student at Howard University, Tiearra Caldwell understands that drive paired with support can make a world of difference in the lives of young families. After pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Tiearra served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with children and families at a non-profit in Washington, D.C. She has since worked as a live-in residential counselor at a group home for teenage girls, followed by completing a field placement at Anacostia High School as a school social work intern. Tiearra finds great joy in empowering teens and adolescents to live self-determined lives in which they can feel more prepared to positively impact both themselves and their loved ones. She believes that every day is an opportunity for a new beginning and education plays a key role one’s ability to ensure that new beginnings have the best outcomes possible. Tiearra is ecstatic to be a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and an overall source of support to the Scholars of Generation Hope. When not working with Scholars, Tiearra can be found out enjoying the weather with her dog, Pork Chop, reading up on social justice issues, and turning group study sessions into opportunities to share amazing food!
Tiearra's favorite quote: "It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us." —Marianne Williamson
This quote resonates because it speaks to how stepping outside of the norm may be uncomfortable, but more rewarding than ever. It gives Tiearra a positive outlook on each and every person’s potential for success and it inspires her to pursue whatever it is that she desires in her soul, as it may bring new light to the world.