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Brandie Richard,   "The Family Affair" - The City of You Podcast Episode 156

When I started as a Success After 6 Coordinator in June 2016, I did not know any of the families that had expressed interest in the program coming to Taft Elementary that fall.  So to meet them face-to-face, I canvassed the Taft neighborhood, I met parents at the library, in parking lots, and I was invited into their homes.  Brandie Richard's family, including her two daughters Autumn and Bianca, was one of those who invited me to their home, and I immediately felt welcomed.  The Richards became one of those families you dream of where they are literally just a phone call or text away.  The entire family shows up and volunteers for every Success After 6 event, and they (including the kids!) give some of the best hugs in the world.  Bianca, now 8, and Autumn, now 10, are enjoying their second year of Success After 6, while Brandie and her mother Roberta have even joined our staff as Success After 6 Champions. 

In this podcast episode I sit down with Brandie to talk about how becoming a teen mom fueled her to get to where she is today.  - Tara Walker-Pollock




Domonique Venable, "Daja's Mom" - The City of You Podcast Episode 157


I had a few spots left for Success After 6 on the first day of school, and I remember meeting the adorably spunky Daja Venable, as she made her entrance into Taft Elementary for her first day of kindergarten. Mom Domonique signed Daja and her big brother Anthony up for Success After 6 that day, and I enjoyed getting to know the children and "Daja's Mom", as Domonique affectionately became known at the UW office. But my most memorable moment about Domonique is seeing her become a true life example that Success After 6 is so much more than just another after school program. Domonique attended our 2nd Annual Mothers United Spring Social last April, an event we host to encourage and empower the women in our Success After 6 students' lives. On the event feedback card attendees turned in before leaving, Domonique wrote how the event inspired her to continue pursuing her goal of starting her own business. A few months later, Domonique was at our office passing out official business cards and on social media recruiting volunteers to join her business's team for our biggest community volunteer effort of the year, Day of Caring.

On today's podcast episode you'll hear how a hardworking, engaged mom of 3
came full circle to achieve the goal of entrepreneurship. - Tara Walker Pollock