2012 Year In Review



I have said my good-bye to 2012 and welcomed in 2013 with an expectation of abundance in all areas of my life.  I am grateful to all of the people who helped shape my values, views, and victories.


The one sentence that sums up my 2012 is “leap and the net will appear”.  It has served me well as I learned to let go of perfection and analysis paralysis. 


Stay tuned for greater leaps in 2013.  


The Teen Toolbox, LLC 2012 Year In Review


SPOTLIGHT Teen of the Month

  • Shorona
  • Jordan


Workshops and Presentations

  • Prince George’s County Department of Social Services Independent Living Program
  • Metropolitan Baptist Church Teen Ministry
  • DERF Executive Youth Leadership Summit at US Capitol
  • The WrightVision Foundation
  • Center City Public Charter School
  • Howard County NAACP Youth Council
  • The Circle, Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School
  • Kettering Largo Mitchellville Boys & Girls Club Softball Clinic


Conference Presentations

  • Empower More Youth Conference
  • 32nd Annual MARFY Conference
  • Maryland State NAACP Conference



  • Shutdown Academy
  • The Maids of Maryland
  • On Purpose Networking for Women
  • Coalition of Adoption Programs
  • 100 Black Women of Washington, DC
  • Coldwell Banker Roland Park Office
  • Watkins Hornet Youth Association
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • Sabrina McClean


Exploring Our World

  • Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony
  • Red Tails Movie
  • NAACP Region VII Conference
  • International Summit of Youth In Care
  • Freddie Mac National Adoption Expo


Supporting the Community

  • 1st Annual Pack A Backpack Drive
  • KidsPeace Open House
  • Family & Youth Initiative End of Year Celebration
  • WOMEN Next Conference
  • Who Would Have Thunk It Book Tour
  • The Teen Toolbox Jewelry Party Fundraiser
  • 6th Annual Pack A Purse Drive



  • Guest – Shawn Mason Spence Radio Show
  • Guest – Sol Searching Radio Show
  • Guest Article – emPower Magazine
  • The Daily 411 on Child Welfare
  • Your Teen Business Daily
  • Independent Living Skills Daily
  • Foster Care World Daily News


Teen Males In Foster Care Blog Series

  • Ronald Hennig
  • Exavier Pope
  • Toni Hoy
  • Rich Korb
  • Christopher Chmielewski
  • George Fraser
  • Chris Nixon
  • Dorothy Cordero
  • Bob O’Connor
  • Dyral Brown


Successful Women Foster Care Alumni Blog Series

  • Capri Cruz
  • Kea Theroux
  • Nikki J
  • Shay Olivarria
  • Latrice Ware
  • Shalita O’Neale
  • Helen Hall Ramaglia


HIRE US: – If you are in need of a workshop facilitator, trainer, or conference speaker in the areas of youth empowerment, life skills/independent living, goal setting, academic enrichment, career exploration, or civic engagement, we ARE solution.  Additionally, we are available to consultant in the areas of youth empowerment, program development, program management, volunteer management, and community development.  Contact us to discuss how we can support you, your youth, your parents, your staff, and your programs.



Nicki Sanders, MSW, Chief Visionary Officer

The Teen Toolbox utilizes youth portfolio development and civic engagement and academic empowerment strategies to help teens set goals for life after high school and create a road map to reach those goals through its PACKAGED FOR SUCCESS™ Programs.  We are committed to supporting and raising awareness about the needs and potential of teenagers in the foster care system.


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