“My goal is to help create more inclusive college and career readiness content where Black learners feel seen, heard, and properly prepared for their professional futures.”
— Rahkal Shelton Roberson, CEO of Black Girl College Prep and author of College Bound: A Black Girl's Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Starting College
Helping young women and families with college admissions, personal growth, professional development, and career choices.
Enjoy one of our engaging and interactive workshops, trainings, or courses specifically designed for parents, families, students, academic institutions, and universities.
Be sure to stay connected on social media and digital platforms for additional educational materials and resources.
Fireside chat, orientation, career day, recruitment, motivational speaking? Whatever you need, we've got you covered!
Our speaking topics are sure to empower, connect, and inspire audiences on a personal and heartfelt level with engaging and thought-provoking messages uniquely crafted for the audience's needs.
Coaching allows us to examine a learner's skills, interests, and talents in order to explore prospective college and career routes. We give advice on establishing strategic plans to identify and achieve personal and professional objectives, as well as insight into how to flourish and be a leading expert.
college, Life AND Career Readiness
We are committed to encouraging academic success, learning, and leadership in the lives of young women by guiding learners and families from secondary school through college applications, graduation, and early career development, which includes:
Junior/senior year checklist
Personalized study plans, schedules, and recommended ACT/SAT prep material
Support with personal statements and guidance with finding and applying for scholarships and financial aid
Personalized assistance and direction in identifying skills and interests to determine college majors and college choices
1. College Readiness:
2. College Success Partnering:
Coaching through the college transition and onboarding
Additional oversight/support with course selections and graduation planning
Time management, organization, and communication, coaching
3. Career Preparation:
Resume development and interview coaching
Internship and job search support
Help with declining/accepting offers and negotiating salaries
Various personal/professional development workshops
Education on identifying and navigating discrimination/microaggressions and self-advocacy
Support with owning and leveraging your unique diversity in the workplace
4. Personal/Skill Development:
Personalized life coaching and strategic future planning
Ongoing guidance and encouragement.
Assistance with identifying purpose and owning skills, talents, and passions
Character and leadership development
Credit, debt management, financial freedom strategies, and entrepreneurship
Enhancing communication, critical and empathetic thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Training on increasing self-esteem, confidence, stress management, and resilience
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
JADA, HIGH SCHOOL JR.
Her coaching style was excellent. She makes you feel confident and comfortable all in one. She puts a lot of work into what she does and she pours into you. She’s always engaged when you are expressing yourself and always has encouraging words. She helps you think with logic as well. I enjoyed the way she listens and hears you out before sharing what she thinks. She made me feel welcome and heard.
Rahkal’s coaching style is very unique and can’t be compared to another. She works really hard at getting to know her clients and zeroes in meeting their needs.
She is a great listener and communicates well, leaving no stone unturned. Rahkal is always available to discuss or clarify anything you have questions about.
ZARIA, COLLEGE SENIOR
All of my conversations and interactions with Ms. Rahkal were usually edifying in some way, but my biggest takeaways were derived from her telling me that “God can’t steer a parked car” and also emphasizing that nothing has to be permanent, specifically as it relates to career choices. She goes above and beyond to serve and does so with a cheerful heart. She is easy to talk to, non-intimidating and has a way of being very encouraging. She has a genuine excitement for me and my future, even when I may not have it for myself.
THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PLAYBOOK FOR BLACK GIRLS!
Unlike traditional mainstream college prep books, College Bound is written specifically with the Black girl in mind, addressing unique challenges stemming from racial disparities in high school graduation gaps and a lack of access to education, resources, and opportunities to better prep them for life beyond high school.
For Black girls specifically, this time is crucial for the formation of their identities, the realization and ownership of their purposes, and acquiring skills and knowledge necessary to mitigate future risks of intersectionality (racism, sexism, inequalities, and other disadvantages) that could create unnecessary obstacles in the future.
“For Black girls specifically, this time is critical for cultivating identities, identifying and owning purpose, developing skills, and learning as much as possible to mitigate future risks of intersectionality (racism, sexism, inequalities, and other disadvantages) that could create unnecessary obstacles in the future.”
College Bound is a resource-rich road map for teenage and young adult Black women preparing for college and life beyond! This comprehensive guide offers tools for smart and strategic future planning, covering EVERYTHING from junior year of high school through college graduation. Checklists, exercises, chapters on the application process, scholarships, budgeting, debt management, resume writing, interview practice, and more included! This book provides readers with the affirmation, self-assurance, and tools necessary to be successful on their journeys.
IN THE COLLEGE BOUND BLACK GIRL'S GUIDE, READERS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN THE FOLLOWING:
• How to identify, celebrate, and leverage their diversity (Black Girl Magic)
• How to complete the college, financial aid, and scholarship application process
• About wage gaps, avoiding debt, and financial freedom strategies
• The importance of skills, trades, and entrepreneurship for Black girls
• Ways to identify gifts, talents, and passions to best select college majors
• Strategies for implementing positive mental health practices
• Tips for making friends, navigating PWIs, HBCUs, and the social scene
• Time management, critical thinking, decision-making, conflict resolution, and communication skills
• How to build effective study habits, boost GPA, develop resilience, and more!
Sometimes, numbers do lie! Statistics say children raised in domestically violent homes and/or homes filled with substance abuse and poverty are less likely to succeed and more likely to become products of their environment. Welp, these are my statistics, but this isn’t my story.
I was born on Chicago’s rough South Side in a violent home to parents hooked on drugs. Raised in poverty by a high school dropout and without a father, many areas of my life have been epitomized by God’s grace—overcoming adversity, remaining resilient, and shattering generational curses.
I am a first-gen college graduate, a multi-talented author, speaker, certified professional life coach, career strategist, proud HBCU alum, mentor, and college prep champion.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve coached, mentored, and taught students in the Chicago, Washington DC, and metro Atlanta areas. My passion is for serving and advocating for young women from underserved communities.
Professionally, I work closely with families, educational institutions, and students to identify and assess clear strategies and plans for personal and professional success. We partner to create practical change in how students approach their daily lives to produce better results.
I offer personalized college, life, and career readiness educational content, workshops, training, speaking, and group coaching to support the success of Gen-Z and millennial women.
“As a first-generation college graduate, mentor, and inner-city youth advocate, I deeply understand the value and importance of inclusion and access to educational resources and academic preparedness. For many Black children, I’ve discovered that community, accountability, access/exposure, affirmation, and a wraparound approach are essential to success.
Moreover, when properly prepared and provided equitable opportunities, learners and families feel valued, seen, supported, and more likely to thrive.”
I have a master’s in communications and training and a bachelor’s in radio/television/film. In 2023, I was awarded my first community impact award from the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. My books have garnered mentions in Forbes, WGN, HuffPost, V103, and other media outlets.
I am the author of College Bound: A Black Girl’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Starting College, Woosah: A Survival Guide for Women of Color Working in Corporate, Woosah Workplace Peace: 7 Keys To Obtaining A More Fulfilling Work Experience, and Dreams Bigger Than Texas: A Story of Faith, Perseverance, and Growth Into Womanhood.
You can learn more about me at www.rahkalshelton.com
Check out my latest 2023 feature here.
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