Founded in 2006, Cultivating You, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing supplementary literacy services to underserved youth, 14-19 years of age, in the West Georgia area. Our mission is to stimulate and grow the inner talents of young people, preparing them for the life they were born to fulfill.
Nurturing youth is a joint effort as well as an ever-evolving cycle that extends from the home to the schools, and everywhere in between. Every child deserves the opportunity to blossom, enabling a life of passion and purpose. Realizing that inspiration comes in many forms, such as people, experiences, books, and so forth, our task is to induce youth to fall in love with, or rediscover their love for learning—encouraging them to maintain the vision of a greater tomorrow.
Program fees are set at an affordable rate of $75.00 a year to ensure all youth have access to the program. Limited scholarships are available.
Unlocking Possibility & Unleashing Creativity
Cultivating You runs five programs and each contains a writing component. Upon entry into the program, each student is supplied a journal and once full is issued a new one, which continues throughout the time they’re in the program.
College Tours—Youth visit various colleges and universities. College tours allow students to determine the best environment for learning, make informed decisions regarding their post-secondary education, and experience college life.
Evoke Your Imagination— Combines cultural events, reading, and writing assignments to fuel the love of the written and spoken word. Students present written perspectives expressing how the event or reading affected them. This activity is designed to incite interest and encourage broader perspective in choosing study subjects such as international studies, social entrepreneurship, allied health, etc.
Revel in Majestic Words—Themed lessons tackle societal issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and environmental concerns amongst others. Students reflect their interpretation through writing assignments, oral presentations, or the arts. This activity enables participants to formulate thoughts, transform them to the spoken or written word and communicate those thoughts in a coherent manner to others.
Talk to Me Speaker Series—Students are introduced to various speakers and career opportunities—those procured through traditional and non-traditional paths.
Table Talk Discussion— A monthly forum enabling students to share and discuss their writings, in addition to, exposing youth to journal writing. Through journaling, students acquire a respect for writing as a valid form of expression, gain confidence in writing, and find comfort in the written word.
Summer of Giveaways
June 9 -June 23, 2020
by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden
June 16-June 30
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
July 1 -July 15, 2020
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
July 16 - July 30, 2020
August 1 - August 15, 2020
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jenson & You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change the World by Maya S. Penn
August 16 - August 30, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not offering in-person activities this summer. However, Cultivating You, Inc. is committed to nurturing talent through the written word. To help curb summer slide, help curb summer slide, build home libraries, and spark discussion, we will be hosting two book giveaways a month from June through August. Giveaways will include current topics, new releases, student recommendations, and a mystery selection. Learn More...
“You cannot open a book without learning something.” - Confucious