To educate, empower, and elevate young women (ages 14-24) in at risk communities (foster care, low income, etc.) to become leaders within their respective community and the community at large through providing access to evidence-based coaching and life skills development.
Hearts Over Habits’ vision is a nation of young women who have been provided the tools to successfully overcome unfavorable circumstances and are now leaders in their communities. These young women have closed opportunity gaps and are positively impacting their communities at large because of the work they have completed by addressing heart issues such as self-awareness, self-confidence, communication, and relational skills.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Our founder, Dr. Sharla Walker, turned her passion for young adults into action. The creation of Hearts Over Habits, Inc. was a response to need for mentoring and life skills for young women in at risk communities.
"I want to empower young women to build purposeful and fulfilling lives. Our programs aim to provide the tools and community needed for those who may not have the same opportunities as others." - Dr. Sharla Walker
WHY OUR MISSION MATTERS
Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are 4x more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this include unstable housing, unreliable transportation, and a lack of access to health care.
1 in 10
Only 1 in 10 youth from low-income families go on to graduate from a four-year college, compared with 28% of youth from middle-income families and 50% of youth from high-income families.
Less than half of youth from low-income families (44 percent) remain consistently-connected to school and/or the labor market between ages 18 and 24, a lower share than among youth from middle- and high-income families (67 and 75 percent, respectively).