“She shared timeless and valuable life lessons…”

“She shared timeless and valuable life lessons…”

“Taiia graciously answered every students’ question thoughtfully and transparently. She shared timeless and valuable life lessons to help my students define their goals and determine ways in which they could begin to immediately work toward them. As a result, my students left feeling hopeful about their possibilities and motivated to put measurable steps into action. She’s absolutely a fantastic speaker and motivator.”

Latasha Kennedy
Program Director, Women's Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)

“Just writing about her makes me feel connected to this positive energy…”

“Just writing about her makes me feel connected to this positive energy…”

“When Taiia Smart Young walked into my classroom, students snapped to attention. Here was Juicy Magazine incarnate, unquestionably a leader of wit and style. Just writing about her makes me feel connected to this positive energy, where nothing’s impossible. That’s the Taiia Effect.”

Kirsten D. Sandberg
Former executive editor, Harvard Business School Publishing adjunct professor of publishing, Pace University

“She knows how to relate to the youth…and really speaks their language.”

“She knows how to relate to the youth…and really speaks their language.”

“Whenever we have our Annual Communication Arts Seminar at Johnson C. Smith, she is one of the first people I call. Her presentations on professional development, interning and creating a brand are world class. She knows how to relate to the youth in all aspects and really speaks their language…participants will leave with a fresh understanding of what it takes to succeed.”

Keith Cradle, MHA, MBA/MSL
Adolescent Program Manager Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte, NC

“She gave the students tips on how to make wise decisions.”

“She gave the students tips on how to make wise decisions.”

“She gave the students tips on how to make wise decisions and make plans as they go onto to high school and college. She was definitely motivating and inspiring. She was able to relate to the students and keep her talk relevant and the kids were definitely engaged.”

Sun Hwang
Counselor KIPP AMP Academy

“…her contribution was honest, poignant and refreshing.”

“…her contribution was honest, poignant and refreshing.”

“We were truly honored to have Taiia Smart Young on our panel during our annual She Is Me women and girls luncheon, her contribution was honest, poignant and refreshing, as the discussion focused on the perception of beauty in the media, Taiia gave our guests insight on what’s reality and what’s entertainment, while connecting with our young women by sharing a personal story about her own insecurities growing up. Taiia’s passion for life, her work and youth clearly shined as she shared at our event.”

Monique Achu
Director of Programs Mott Hall Bridges Academy

“…impart real knowledge that they would be able to take into  their everyday lives.”

“…impart real knowledge that they would be able to take into their everyday lives.”

“I started a back to school event in Atlanta Georgia and also in Buffalo, New York and we’ve been able to connect young girls between the ages of 13 and 18 with powerful women in business, in medicine, in education, in entertainment and in the arts… I knew that [Taiia] would be able to impart real knowledge that they would be able to take into their everyday lives.”

Shay Moore
On-Air Personality Q93