Sherrikka Myers is a dynamic visionary with a heart for children in her community and across the world. She diligently helps families of children who stutters, have low self-esteem or low self-confidence improve their quality of life by breaking down communicative and social barriers.
Myers created Every 1 Voice Matters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, after witnessing her first grandchild’s struggle with stuttering. She decided to use the same technique she used as a child herself battling with the same issue as a foundation for her organization. Growing up in a single-family household with limited resources, reading was the only tool that helped get her stuttering under control.
Since then, Myers was determined to help kids grow and prosper in all aspects of their lives, but she knew before she could help them, she had to first believe in herself and believe that her voice truly did matter.
Myers then became a national speaker, children’s book author, certified life coach, creator of Lil Herbie (anti-bullying & stuttering awareness mascot) and the founder of Every 1 Voice Matters & The Lil Herbie Series & Lil Herbie Series Book Collection.
Myers believe that everyone voice matters and travels across the country to spread this helpful message. Every program she has developed has come from first-hand experience of what kids today are facing and going through.
Myers has developed engaging programs such as the Lil Herbie Animated Series Word of the Day, C.L.A.S.S. (Core Life Academic & Social Skills) Lil Herbie engagement activities and much more. These programs reinforce reading skills, financial literacy, mental health, stuttering awareness, self-esteem and build awareness of issues facing our children today
Myers is tirelessly creating things for her community and for the kids in the community. Each year during back to school she gives back hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in the low-moderate income communities, she does online virtual events of empowerment for the kids/community, she engages with local community leaders on issue that affects the kids and how they can work together to improve them, she does a coat drive and Christmas pop up during the Christmas holiday and so much more through local events and fundraisers.
As a college degree educated entrepreneur, Myers experiences full gratitude when she sees the reaction of kids when they realize they can overcome their issues. She seeks to help kids not only overcome their obstacles, but also to instill in them the belief that there is nothing they cannot do with hard work, faith and determination and to not let anyone or anything stop them from fulfilling their dreams.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with the beautiful Visionary Sherrikka Myers to discuss her drive and determination to build a 501(C)3 that impacts the lives of so many youth.
- How would you describe your brand in five words? Impactful, Bold, Outgoing, Ambitious, Unique
- What message do you hope young children gain from participating in Every 1 Voice Matters? The message I hope young children gain from participating in Every 1 Voice Matters programs is that everybody is made special and unique in their way and we all don’t look the same, sound the same or act the same and that’s okay, but everyone’s voice still matters and to never be ashamed of who you are.
- What challenges have you faced while starting your business and trying to reach the community? One of the biggest challenges I faced is getting people to realize how much stuttering affects our kids emotionally, mentally, and physically. People didn’t realize how many kids were affected by this speech impediment and how it can hinder a child from becoming the best version of themselves.
- How do you balance life as an author, speaker, and life coach while running a company? This has always been a hard question for me because I still don’t know how I balance all at the same time. I would have to say running my nonprofit allows me to include all of the different entities. My Lil Herbie Series Book Collection ties into the work I do with nonprofits, which I use to empower kids.
- What advice do you have for a mother with a child struggling with stuttering? The best advice I can give a mother who has a child who stutters is to have patience and encourage her child to take their time when they are trying to talk. I also would advise them to seek a speech pathologist as soon as they notice that their child is having any type of speech issues.
- What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles? My definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustle is a woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t have a problem working hard to get it. She knows there will be challenges and sometimes she may feel like giving up, but the hustle and grind in her, won’t allow her to do so. She is pretty, but that is just something that comes with the package because her hustle and grind are what makes her attractive.
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