“I'm on a mission 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, author of College Bound: A Black Girl's Guide: Everything You Need to Know Before Starting College
We can partner to create a customized college and career readiness plan for your high school learner, empowering and equipping them with life skills and tools for success.
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.
With College & Career Readiness Coaching, I help learners optimize their secondary and post-secondary studies, ACT/SAT prep, the college and scholarship application process, goal setting, strategic planning, and applying for jobs after graduation so they can achieve professional success and a higher earning potential without feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start.
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET:
A college prep plan and system for your learner to effectively apply so they’ll know where they’re going, what’s required to get there, and what’s needed to proactively plan for their future.
Knowledge of how to prep for ACT/SAT and identify talents and skills to thoughtfully select a major or certification.
How to apply for scholarships and find money for college to reduce debt, secure a financial future and build generational wealth the smart way.
Personalized weekly one-on-one coaching sessions, checklist, and to-do list
Recommendation letters, support with goal setting, resume/LinkedIn building, and interview prep.
A system to leverage their strengths to maximize their talents and earn more opportunities to fuel their dreams
A career plan and systems in place allowing a seamless transition entering into the real world after graduation.
Peace of mind that comes with having a plan and strategy in place and the confidence that you and your learner won’t have to do this journey solo.
** For students, this is offered semesterly**
WHAT YOU GAIN:
Increased confidence in the college application process, less anxiety
A sense of fulfillment and freedom from feeling stuck and directionless
Clarity on vision, goals, and a blueprint to prepare for life after high school and college
Practical tools to execute challenges, goals, and techniques for self-mastery
Guaranteed professional development (if you're willing to work)
Accountability and partnership
Structure and less anxiety, stress, and feeling overwhelmed
As a first-generation college graduate, mentor, and inner-city youth advocate, I deeply understand the value and importance of inclusion, access, and academic preparedness. I’ve found the key to success for many Black students includes community, accountability, access/exposure, affirmation, and a wraparound approach. Moreover, when properly prepared and provided equitable opportunities, learners and families feel valued, seen, supported, and more likely to thrive.
I work closely with parents/guardians and high school and collegiate scholars to identify and assess a clear strategy and plan for personal and professional success while cultivating practical change in their day-to-day approaches to produce better results. My process is to provide personalized college and career coaching through one-on-one sessions, workshops, and training to support future achievement.
THE ULTIMATE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PLAYBOOK FOR BLACK GIRLS!
“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.”
— Rahkal Shelton Roberson, author of Woosah: A Survival Guide for Women of Color Working in Corporate
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.
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.