TasselTurn Founder Shanté Elliott speaking with a youth.

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Shanté Elliott

"At the age of 13, I hit the lottery. I received what all children in the foster system long for: a forever family. With this family came educational stability. Throughout my pursuit of education, I’ve benefited from many coaches along the way: Mrs. Spearman, encouraged me to embrace my love for reading; Mrs. Laute, coached me in my first national oratory competition; and finally the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program staff, helped me to become the first in my family to graduate college and pursue a doctoral degree at Northwestern University. Education remains the greatest weapon to change the trajectory of one’s life. And this is why I started TasselTurn — to change the lives of vulnerable youth in the foster system. I am no anomaly. I recognize that all youth in care will not hit the lottery the same way I did, however, I am certain that all youth in care can win BIG with educational attainment and coaching along the way." 
"Children rise to meet the
expectations adults have for them."
Shanté Elliott
Founder, TasselTurn
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