I'm not a role model. I model a role that suits my spirit! -TiElla Grimes
TiElla Grimes, M.Ed.
Transformational Speaker|Media Educator|Artist| Poet
TiElla is a visionary and thought leader in the field of Urban Youth Development, Gender-Specific Programming, Community Development, Media Literacy, and Personal Development. Her praxis is also guided by the inter-connectedness to social-emotional learning via the appliance of transformative creative expression. She works with urban youth of color & their service providers to provide a brave space to educate, inspire & empower urban youth to transform their mindset & perception of self through critical thinking & self-analysis. She works from the lens of communication and connection to provide urban youth with the real world tools they need to actualize themselves and others.
TiElla provides a wrap-around model of services for urban youth of color, as well as, groups, schools and organizations serving them. Her innovative and experiential platforms embrace a plethora of delivery systems and multidimensional tools of engagement, including audio-visual presentations, interactive workshops & seminars, experiential courses, and speaking engagements. TiElla is committed to working collaboratively with urban youth of color to develop, strengthen and uplift protective factors that holistically, embolden and nurture their voice, critical thinking, analysis, and self-exploration.
TiElla continues to harness and expand her extensive background in Media, Education and Urban Youth Development. With over 10 years of experience serving over 1500 youth of color in the city of Boston, she has served on multiple boards as an advocate and advisor for youth development and girls' empowerment. The arc of her work includes presentations and speaking engagements at a variety of conferences, forums, policy & philanthropic sessions: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Raising Women Voices: A Health Care Reform Conference, The Women’s Funding Network Girls Grantmaking Conference, Mirror Conference: Women's Empowerment Experience (ATL), and international of the Girl hosted by Boston Centers for Youth and Families Girls Leadership Corps. TiElla has also been a leading voice in Academia at Wheelock College. Her Communication courses covered a broad spectrum of topics related to Media and Race in American Society, Media & Literacy for Children and Youth, etc.
TiElla is committed to leveraging her knowledge and influence to reach a broader audience, locally, nationally and internationally. Her goal is to continue sharpening her work on the intersectionalities of identity, communication and media literacy, access to opportunities, and spaces for creative expression with individuals, organizations and schools.