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Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Taylor Moxey!

Happy Saturday!  We are thrilled this week to feature Taylor, a young activist, entrepreneur and chef.  As older (thirties totally aren’t old, but we’re not teenagers like Taylor!) people, it’s inspiring to see young people with as much drive and passion as Taylor.  Be sure to check out all the cool stuff she’s up to, links are at the end of the interview as always! Have a great weekend everyone, and go get into some summertime shenanigans!

The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself/your organization!

Taylor Moxey: My name is Taylor Moxey. I am an internationally known entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. At eight-years old, I turned a forty-dollar loan from my parents into a growing enterprise: Taylor Moxey, LLC.

Screen Shot 2019-08-09 at 9.54.38 PMMy legacy began with the start-up of my cupcake company: ‘Taylor the Chef’. The success of my cupcake company inspired me to write my best-selling book The Adventures of Taylor the Chef. As I continue to develop my personal brand, I wanted to inspire and motivate others. My desire to inspire led me to create a collection of daily mantra cards called ‘Moxivation’, which ultimately led me to launch the ‘Taylor Moxey Foundation’.

The ‘Taylor Moxey Foundation’ is my standing commitment to fulfill my mission to Educate, Empower and Encourage literacy and community service for people world wide. As I continue to evolve and live life limitlessly, I hope to inspire others to do the same.

TTA: What are you passionate about?

TM: I am passionate about my business, literacy, the arts and encouraging young people and adults to become excited about going out and achieving their dreams.

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TM: My current project I’m working on is my 5th Taylor Moxey Library which is scheduled to open by December 2019. As you know, my Taylor Moxey Foundation converts recycled shipping containers into mobile libraries. For 2020 we are scheduled to open libraries in Haiti, Mexico, Columbia and El Salvador.

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

TM: People can support my journey by doing three things. Donating monetarily to assist us in building more amazing libraries, donating books and toys and volunteering their time with the Taylor Moxey Foundation.

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?

40662843_000_bTM: My favorite book for 2019 so far is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, a book of self care poems. I have quotes from this book plastered all over my bedroom wall. Lol.

TTA: What are you looking forward to in the next year?

TM: What I am looking forward to in 2020 is to continue to grow and evolve as a person, dancer and business woman. I am also looking forward to seeing my Taylor “The Chef” Cupcake Poppers being sold in stores locally and nationally next year.


Stay Connected with Taylor!

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Learn more about Taylor

Taylor’s Instagram

Taylor’s Website

The Taylor Moxey Foundation Website

The Taylor Moxey Foundation Instagram

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Sound Off Saturday Featuring: Mama Tortuga!

Happy Saturday!  We are thrilled to have been able to connect this week with Johana, also known as Mama Tortuga!  She is a powerhouse of bilingual and herbal activism and knowledge, with a flair for business.  Johana is a hustler and has tons of fantastic projects that she’s currently working on.  We hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did!
The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself/your organization!f70d4b_5e94206b839e4548ac290c241396f086~mv2_d_1836_3264_s_2

Mama Tortuga: Hello, hola!! I am Johana usually called Mama Tortuga. I have created a bilingual website called to support and provide resources to families around the world, that want to raise free, eco-conscious, multilingual, global citizens. Our perspective is multicultural. We love to create community and to support communities that are working to create a better and improved world!!! I have a very eclectic point of view, from music and arts, to activism, to freedom, our family is here to support this and amplify those voices that need to be amplified!!!

TTA: What are you passionate about?

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Johana and her family- Photo Credit: @R Dot Photography


MT: Very passionate about a wholesome approach to live!! From intersectional feminism, mindful parenting, sustainability, arts, and love!!! I am a student of life!! I am also a lover of nature and work alongside my family in our small backyard garden.

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!


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“Parenting is a spiritual practice. Social Activism is a spiritual practice”

MT: Right now I am working on creating ways to support myself, an immigrant Latina mother, and support other women in my community in learning and healing. Always looking for ways I can generate funds and spaces for us to grow!! Locally, I am offering Spanish and English social classes in the area of West Palm Beach, Fl. I am also on a local Spanish radio, where I support ancestral knowledge on herbals and multicultural traditions. Online, I am offering platforms to support resources for global and conscious families. Also, I am documenting much of my adventures, because I believe our voices are important, even if my English is not perfect!! Always showing solidarity with oppressed groups and searching for a different mindset for our world!!! Right now working on a class to be offered at the Florida Herbal Conference of next year in Spanish!!!


TTA: How can people support you on your journey?


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”

MT: Thanks for asking this!! We offer a line of wonderful and original Mama Tortuga T-shirts on all sizes for you $21 for sizes S, M, L and $18 for children, includes shipping, we also offer custom orders for bigger sizes or special merchandise. Also, I would love to be offered jobs on translation, multicultural consultant and talks, that are paid. I had been doing a lot of these jobs in the past decade. Sadly, many times, we are not being acknowledged. Also, I would love to be part of online collabs and convos. It is about forming a supporting community!!!


TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?

MT: So hard to choose!! Going to mention some: The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Andrea Tutu, The Holly Wild by Danielle Dulsky and Jambalaya by Louisa Teish

Screen Shot 2019-07-27 at 11.55.22 AMTTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

MT: For my website to keep growing and new connections that make a reality the dreams I have about having a supportive community. That the passion that I have for justice and solidarity and healing can come to fruition in abundance of resources and love!!!f70d4b_6ed50d5703164302a09e00d41ac84851mv2.jpg


Stay Connected with Mama Tortuga!

Green, multicultural and mindful family

Spanish Conversational Groups 

Sound Off Saturday- Featuring: Tyler Vile!

Happy Saturday! There’s a heat wave hitting us here in New England, so unless we venture to go swimming in the river later (which is also one of our favorite places to watch the sunset with a cold drink!) we will be inside all day!  We are so stoked to feature Tyler this week, who is a dear friend of ours.

Lee and Tyler experienced the highs and lows of their late teens and early twenties together in the squalid co-cops of the University of Maryland and have been best buds ever since 2013!

The Tiny Activist: So we know who you are, but can you introduce yourself/your organization for our readers?

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Tyler Vile: Hi! My name is Tyler Vile and I’m a writer, performer, and organizer from Baltimore, Maryland! I’m a founding member of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebel, a radically inclusive synagogue. I write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and I’m trying to get back into screenwriting and playwriting, and I’m learning to write scripts for comic books. Hinenu formed officially in 2017, and we often get asked what it means to be a radically inclusive synagogue as opposed to just inclusive. The best answer I can come up with is that we have disabled Jews, queer and trans Jews, Jews of color, and converts in our leadership, and we make our decisions entirely democratically. Many progressive synagogues will pay lip service to marginalized people’s needs and issues, but at Hinenu, we’re the ones making the decisions. We’re looking to the future right now with conversations about childcare, Hebrew school, and increasing learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. We pray together, we celebrate together, we protest together. It’s incredible to have seen this grow from a rough idea to where it is right now.

Hinenu Members protesting against Migrant Concentration Camps

TTA: What are you passionate about?

TV: I’m passionate about so many things! Writing, of course, but also ritual, justice, human connection. My passions are a big motivator in my life. As a disabled person, it’s literally physically difficult to get out of bed sometimes. Everyone has to find that balance, that sweet spot between passion and rest. I have to remind myself all the time that it’s okay not to do everything I’m passionate about at once. Fear of missing out can be hard, but as long as you’re confident in what you’re doing long term, you don’t need to be at every show, every protest, or every event. 

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

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TV: Glad you asked! Right now, I’m working on a poetic reinterpretation of Bereshit (Genesis), the first book of the Torah. There’s so much in there that I think we take for granted. One thing I’ve learned in working with these ancient characters is that people really don’t change over thousands of years. There’s still jealousy, anger, hatred, and struggle, but there’s also still joy, humor, compassion, and liberation. I’m also working on a collection of sci-fi short stories about disabled characters and adaptive technology. I’ve always been a huge sci-fi fan and thought that we as disabled people live the most sci-fi lives, but we’re barely represented in the genre. When we are, it’s either as the villain or there’s a deus ex machina that fixes disability all together. I want to look at the consequences of “fixing” disability, the relationships we have with adaptive technology, and how disabled people are going to survive the climate crises that are headed our way. 

Art based on the slogan used by South African disability rights and youth activists. By Ricardo Levins Morales.

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

TV: You can make a tax deductible donation to Hinenu here if you feel so moved. My personal Paypal and Venmo are always open if you’d like to donate to the work I’m doing. You can buy my first book, Never Coming Home. While monetary donations help, they aren’t everything. If you’d like to book me for a poetry reading, writing workshop, or panel appearance, my email is Other than that, be good to the people around you, support local artists and activists.

I think the world is going to be saved by small actions, small organizations, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Think globally, act locally. Leave the world a little better than when you came in. That way, we can all support each other. 

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?


Cover of Making Spaces Safer by Shauna Potter

TV: It has to be Making Spaces Safer by my friend Shawna Potter. Shawna’s in a band called War on Women and is using her platform to make sure that public spaces are free from harassment and that everyone is afforded respect, dignity, and consent. I was a beta reader for that book and in offering feedback, I was blown away by how smoothly and directly she delivers some very necessary truths about the way we treat each other. I love the way she weaves other people’s narratives into the points she makes and invites readers to learn from what can go right as much as what can go wrong. 

TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

TV: The Jewish New Year is right around the corner! September will be here faster than you think. It’s not just about celebration, although that’s a big part of it, it’s a whole season of self-reflection, forgiveness, and accountability. What I love about it is that it acknowledges that hardship and joy are equally likely and that even when we’ve made mistakes and missed the mark, we’re still worth it and can grow and change. So, I’m looking forward to growing, learning, working on my book and all the things I don’t even know I’m going to love yet!

Thanks so much for having me, I love you guys and I can’t wait until the next time we see each other! 

Stay connected with Tyler!  

Tyler-Vile_eDonate to Tyler’s Paypal and Venmo

to support her work!

Check out Hinenu, and

make a tax deductible donation

to the organization here!


Read Tyler’s first book,

Never Coming Home.


To book Tyler for a poetry reading, writing workshop, or panel appearance,

email her at:


Featuring: Ebony Glenn!

Happy Saturday!  We are SO excited to be back in action after a week away looking at property in our dream location-Western Massachusetts!  In perfect timing, we were able to connect with Ebony Glenn who illustrated Not Quite Snow White, which was recently released on July 9th! She is an Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery.51Zvp-kWywL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

A passion for the arts, great storytelling, and advocating diversity in children’s books, she aims to create illustrations that will foster a love of reading in young readers.  She also loves to create joyful and heartwarming crafts to satisfy her endless need to always make new things.

When Ebony is not giving in to her creative itch of art-making, you may find her lost in the pages of a good book, learning some new hula-hooping tricks, or going on an adventure with her pups, Louie and Gabby. 

Ebony is also the proud recipient of the 2018 Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship, an award given by AIR Serenbe, a nonprofit 71p7p05eRTLartist residency program of the Serenbe Institute in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.  We’ve even talked about Ebony before when reviewing the book Mommy’s Khimar

The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself/your organization!

Ebony Glenn: Hi, there! My name is Ebony, and I am a children’s book illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical and compelling imagery for picture and chapter books.

 TTA: What are you passionate about?

LibraryCipArtWebEG: I have many passions, but the few that I will share are great storytelling—I believe stories have the power to connect people, build empathy, keep our history alive, etc., education—I’m grateful to know that what I do can help children learn and grow, and illustration, of course! 

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

EG: At the moment I’m illustrating “Flying High: The Story of Simone Biles” (written by Michelle Meadows), a picture book biography about the Olympic gold-medalist gymnast, and I’m also illustrating “The Red Shoes” (written by Karen English), a beautiful story about a little girl who outgrows her favorite pair of red shoes and the second life it receives in Africa after she donates them.gymnastwhite

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

EG: Sharing the books that I’ve illustrated with your friends, family, schools, churches, and libraries is a great way to show support for not only me but also the writers of these awesome picture books.  Honestly, I’m so very fortunate to have the opportunity to illustrate them that I only wish for others to be moved by and learn from these great stories.

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?

EG: I wish I had more time to read this year, but one of the most profound books I’ve read this year is Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks. Entitled after Sojourner Truth’s ‘Ain’t I a woman speech,’ bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins) examines the effect of racism and sexism on black women, the civil rights movement, and feminist movements from suffrage to the 1970s.


 TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

EG: Going on vacation!  Although I love what I do for a living, I’m seriously looking forward to taking a break and going someplace new this summer.


Stay Connected with Ebony!


Ebony’s Website

Ebony’s Etsy Shop

Ebby’s Instagram

Sound off Saturday: Ourselves!

Hi everyone!  We have gotten so many new social media followers over the past couple months we decided to capitalize on waiting for our awesome forthcoming Sound off Saturday-ers and have a post about ourselves!  Hope you enjoy it, and learn a thing or two as well 🙂

Introduce yourself/your organization!

Although we recently got the BIGGEST compliment which called our operation ‘a team’ of people, The Tiny Activist is fueled by the two Locke-Hardy’s: Corrie & Lee, as well as a hefty dose of coffee. Corrie is fastidious about making and keeping cold brew daily in the refrigerator!  We started this website and social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram) just under a year ago, and have been floored by the support we have received from the children’s literature community, and we can’t wait to see where we go in the year ahead!  We would eventually love to post more detailed curriculum about the books we love, as well as a video or two.

What are you passionate about?

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CLH: I am passionate about curriculum redesign and development.  I think the majority of our public school curriculum and standards are Eurocentric, ableist, and marginalizing to a variety of experiences.  I would love to be able to make my mark by providing lessons that uplift marginalized communities and provide support to the educators already doing this important work.  On a lighter note, I’ve recently gotten into printmaking and am in love with that process of design and creation!

LLH: I am passionate about art, music and making others feel loved. I am passionate about working to heal inherited trauma, and building community (whether online or IRL) for nonbinary and other GNC (gender non-conforming) people.


I’m also passionate about the McElroy Family of Products™, including the podcasts My Brother, My Brother and Me, Sawbones and Wonderful. You can pretty much guarantee that at any given time of the day that I’m somewhere laughing out loud in joy at the silly jokes and goofs.

Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

IMG_1993CLH: In grad school this summer and upcoming fall semester I have gotten the opportunity to pilot my own research study!  I will be interviewing and observing educators who are already teaching the type of curriculum I believe should be in every classroom.  This summer I am also managing the town farmers market, which has been a fun new experience for me!  Getting paid to hang out in the sunshine with farmers is an ideal job for me

LLH: Since I started a new job, I’ve been learning at how to be the best at it, and most of my time outside work is spent listening to podcasts (see above) or making art on my iPad using the app Procreate. I like to take photos of things I see out and about and make art with them!

How can people support you on your journey?

CLH: Provide book recommendations for The Tiny Activist, share my research study with those you think might be interested, and share meaningful books to those within your own life!

LLH: Like Corrie said above, we always welcome recommendations, and if people can continue to spread the word about the work that we’re doing, we are so grateful for the opportunity to amplify the books and projects of other activists!

What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?41+lolL22gL

CLH: Alright buckle up folx, we’re here to categorize. Favorite book that I’ve reread in 2019 is Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari.  It’s excellent, and details a lot of the evolution of both humans and society by breaking history down into four revolutions; the cognitive, agricultural, unification, and scientific revolutions have been the foundation for where we find ourselves today.  Favorite children’s books published this year have been Our Rainbow, Lubna and Pebble, Hair Love, and I Will Be Fierce! 

LLH: I am guilty of not reading long-form books, but my favorite children’s book I have read thus far is Our Rainbow. I really enjoy reading The Boston Globe every morning to keep up with townie news (I have my favorite columnists), and reading my oracle cards (I use Spirit de la Lune). My other favorite reads are the painfully accurate clickbait articles on Reductress. Basically I read everything but books-oops!

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

IMG_2029CLH: We are embarking on our biggest adventure yet: buying land!  Lee and I are on the search for the perfect piece of land to build a tiny cabin on, and I may or may not be (but definitely am) spending hours everyday poring over options online and planning everything down to the letter in the most endearing and neurotic way possible.  I am also looking forward to beginning the second year of my masters program, and deciding if a doctoral program is the next step.

LLH: I am looking forward to growing more confident in my skills at work, and working on my mental and physical health, and like Corrie said above, begin the adventure of buying land and creating an intentional space that is all our own for the first time in our relationship!

Introducing: Annahita and her Hot Air Balloon Adventures!

Happy Saturday folx!  After a few waterlogged days here in New England, we were graced with a sunny afternoon.  Naturally, we spent it inside doing boring but necessary things like cleaning, laundry, and of course working on the website!  Now it’s time to go outside and look for important favorites of ours like pretty rocks and soft moss.  Hope you’re having a great Saturday, whatever is happening! 

The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself!

Screen Shot 2019-06-22 at 12.13.01 PMAnnahita: Hi! My name is Annahita, I was born in the UK to an Iranian mother and Welsh father. I moved to Switzerland 11 years ago to be live with my German husband, and together we have two girls (5 and 6 years old) who haven’t got a clue if they are Swiss, German or British 🙂

TTA: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about naturally inclusive children’s books. I believe that fear and prejudice grow out of a lack of knowledge and exposure, and I feel that books are a wonderful way to broaden children’s minds, and introduce them to topics or people that they may not necessarily come across in their daily lives. I also believe that girls should be FAR better represented in children’s books. They need more inspiring role models in positive fictional stories that they can go to sleep dreaming about.

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A: I am working with a wonderful illustrator, Jennifer Kirkham, to produce a series of books called the Hot Air Balloon Adventure series. The stories are about three cousins who go on adventures in a hot air balloon, exploring exciting destinations around the world. I wanted children to be reading stories about girls who do fun and physical stuff (like snowboarding and climbing), girls who encourage each other to be brave and work together to overcome obstacles, girls who have a passion for our beautiful world.

Screen Shot 2019-06-22 at 12.15.22 PMI am also working on re-writes of the traditional princess fairy tales, trying to keep the original magic and delight of the original stories, but just changing silly storylines being all about meeting a prince and getting married. In all of my books I ensure that the characters in the story are a mixture of skin colours, because I believe it’s important not just for children of colour to see themselves in the pages of books, but for white children to see themselves in the pages of books, alongside children of colour with equally important roles in the stories.

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TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

A: Follow me on social media (follow the links below!), sign up for updates on the website to know when new books are released, but most importantly buy the books, review the books, and spread the word about them to people who you think would also enjoy them! 🙂 At the moment, every penny of profit I make in book sales goes towards the cost of illustrating the next story.

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TTA: What book was your favorite in 2018?

A: Really?!? Only one?! Oh this is so hard. Well obviously I would like to say my own, but I will stop myself and instead say: I absolutely loved The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jennie Lovlie. It just says so much, so naturally with it’s illustrations and simple but powerful storyline. I cried the first ten times I read it to my children!

TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

A: The third and fourth hot air balloon adventure stories coming out! Footprints in the Snow is coming out on 1st June; in this one the girls fly to Iceland to go snowboarding, and end up making a very large-footed friend. It’s a lovely story with a message about treating everyone as equals. In the fourth story, the girls go with Grandma on a mountain climbing expedition in Switzerland in search of some long lost treasure. So much adventure!!

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Stay Connected with Annahita!

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MDLM Books Instagram

MDLM Website


Stay Connected with Jennifer!

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Jennifer’s Portfolio

@jmk.ilus on Instagram


Introducing: Raising A Legacy!

Happy Saturday!  This week we have the delight of featuring Raising A Legacy, the creative business endeavor of a clever woman whose desire is to educate others about a variety of topics, including holidays.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the post!  And then go outside and enjoy some SUNSHINE 🙂


The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself!

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Raising A Legacy: Hi, my name is Mrs. Brooks.  I have four children that I homeschool, and they are the inspiration behind what I do.  Last year, I created Raising A Legacy.  Raising A Legacy’s mission is to change with the world with education and create a society built on inclusivity. 

I design educational holiday themed craft boxes for children.  They are based on holidays, so children will have the opportunity to learn about and grow appreciation for holidays they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.  As well as, for those children who don’t celebrate mainstream holidays they will have something personalized for them.

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RAL: I am passionate about promoting culture awareness and inclusivity in children.  There is research that shows that children develop racial biases and prejudices at a young age.  I believe by teaching holidays they are able to learn about and see similarities between different cultures and their own in a fun way.  I believe this teaches empathy which in turn can create advocates for change.  I am also passionate about education.  We know a lot about how children learn, but it is not often done in practice.  In addition, best practice is not always accessible to every child equally.  My goal is to work on closing those gaps.

TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!

RAL: Currently, I am working on adding more holidays to the craft box selection.  I plan to have a box for every holiday, AND every way that it is celebrated.  This is important, because many holidays are celebrated in multiple ways.  For example, Christmas can be celebrated religiously, culturally, or a combination of both.  I am also working on adding more educational resources to the website.  In the coming year, it will have a ton of information and crafts about each holiday, and include free printables for activities and science experiments.

TTA: How can people support you on your journey?

Screen Shot 2019-06-15 at 8.34.48 AMRAL: I think the most important thing people can do is develop awareness of their own biases, and how this is reflected in how they live their life.  Once we become aware of the prejudices we have, we can work to dismantle them and raise our children to promote an inclusive society.  In addition, sharing the craft boxes and interacting on social media is a wonderful way to support.

TTA: What book was your favorite in 2018?

RAL: My favorite book of 2018 was Becoming.  I love reading about strong women, in hopes that maybe some of their strength will rub off on me.  I also had the opportunity to attend the book tour, which was an amazing experience.


TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

RAL: I am looking forward to continuing to grow personally and professionally.

Thank you for letting me share my story.  I appreciate everything you are doing.




Stay Connected with Raising a Legacy!

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Their Website!


RAL Instagram

RAL Facebook