EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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"I'm an innovative life coach for teens. I take pride in my ability to communicate with young people and I am passionate about witnessing youth achieve higher levels of success"  -Catedra Phillips, Executive Director & Founder of AREACH

As a teenager growing up I had a lot of freedom to make my own choices. Becoming a mother at 16, discipline options were definitely obsolete.  My pride and habits of what I became accustomed lead me to constant challenges which caused a bit of doors to close on me. Although this freedom taught me the importance of self-sufficiency I needed to find the balance in it also because freedom can either build you or break you. The choice I made to live as a closed-minded young adult quickly forced me to face real-world challenges. I did not want to accept any type of authority so there were some days and nights I was left outside. That slowly begun to change my perceptions of life. It made me view things differently and develop a sense of appreciation for others who wanted to help me.  In 2004 I started working with Atlanta Public School systems. In the 10 years of working with APS, my positions allowed me to really appreciate discipline and structure yet also witness that there are a lot of kids that struggle with the very same issues I once did. I found myself spending a lot of time with students and before I knew it I was a youth magnet. Whether it was my daughter friends over during the weekends or students while at work. Having a relatable understanding made it easy to communicate with challenged kids. After I begun experiencing the great feeling from kids I've grown to know excitedly approach me with news of improvements and accomplishments, I wanted to do more. I became eager to help more youth avoid further self-destruction & to get on paths for a better tomorrow.  The feeling was so pleasing to witness positive human development.That's what inspired me to become a founder of the youth development organization AREACH!