Meet Nicki

Hi and Welcome,

Ms NickiWho Is Nicki?
I’m Nicki Sanders – a born “helper”. I’m a mother, a Macro Social Worker, a Human Services Administrator, an Adjunct Professor, and of course an Entrepreneur. Those are my titles and just in case you want to know a little more about me I’m a native Washingtonian, an introvert, a first-generation college student, a lover of cupcakes and pancakes, a roller coaster rider, a non-fiction book reader, and a huge fan of New Edition and old school 80’s hip hop. My ultimate life goal is to trade in suburban life for country living.

 

 

Education
I have a huge supportive family. I grew up in a close-knit community with neighbors and teachers who provided me a sense of safety and security. After giving birth to my daughter in my sophomore year in college, transferring schools at the end of my junior year, putting in untold hours of volunteer time (which is a another passion of mine), working various low-wage jobs, acquiring student loans, and mastering sleep deprivation, I finally earned my Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore.

 

Entrepreneurship
I have worked for the federal government, in school-based and community-based programs, with families (including teen parents), teens, and with human service professionals.  I began The Teen Toolbox on a very part-time basis in 2007 while attending graduate school.  The Teen Toolbox provided life skills training with special supports for teens in the foster care system. I ran my business like a hobby for many years. In January 2014, I changed my business name to Packaged For Success to incorporate all of my passions, skills, and experiences. Packaged For Success is now a full service training and professional development company.

 

Stay Connected
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Envisioning Success,
Nicki

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14 thoughts on “Meet Nicki

  1. Wish I’d had you and your services for my grandson from beginning of 9th grade!!! Ian just finished his first semester at Frostburg U. with a 2.8 GPA. He did just fine away from his Mom and me! Please continue your work with our youngsters, they are worth it.

    1. You were such an amazing teacher and an AWESOME supporter. Thank you for decades of encouragement and for continuing to work on behalf of your grandson Ian and all youth!

  2. I follow you on twitter and I just love what you do and what you stand for. Our children need a voice and you are that voice. Many, many, many students do not have direction; therefore their decision making is blurred. You give them direction and guidance. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you Sheri. I am grateful to be able to have a platform to speak out for our children and help guide them toward purposeful decision making.

      And I am definitely following your awesome work as well!

  3. Your work is valued from afar! I will support you in any way that I can. I love the Pack a Purse Drive! Keep me posted about if you decide to host it before the Christmas Season. I will share your information with my Michigan contacts. Kudos on walking the walk!!!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am following you on Twitter and am inspired by your work as well. I look forward to staying connected and will definitely keep you posted on the Pack A Purse. Wishing you continued success. — Nicki

  4. You are an amazing person, and your desire to help others inspires others to do the same. I learned “civic engagement” from your passions. I believe that equipping teens who are aging out of foster care is important and valuable work that will redirect otherwise sometimes forgotten youth.

    As always I am here to support you in anyway that I can, and I celebrate your successes with you.

    BE. Extraordinary,

    Ressurrection Graves
    Child Sexual Abuse Expert
    H.E.A.L.E.R.
    @AJourneyToLove
    http://www.facebook.com/ressurrectiongraves

  5. Nicki, you are such an inspiration! I am so proud of you and your work! You are making such a difference, I’m sure you don’t even know! Keep up the good work. The world is a scary and sometimes dangerous place for our youth and having a solid, positive mentor/support system is CRITICAL. I pray for the continued success of all your endeavors.

  6. I tell you I am so Proud of you, You don’t just think about it you find a way to make it work, Most & best of it is that it’s not just for You it’s for others more so, Big Blessing to you for what You Do, Much Love..

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