WE OFFER INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS AND INTERACTIVE GROUP WORKSHOPS TO FAMILIES TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THROUGH THE COLLEGE PROCESS STARTING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE ALSO TEACH HOW TO BE ACADEMICALLY READY TO PLAY COLLEGE SPORTS.
MS. JOWAN SMITH, COLLEGE PREP CONSULTANT & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
FIVE YEARS AGO I FOUND MYSELF IN THE POSITION OF BEING A SINGLE PARENT WITH A STUDENT THAT SHOWED INTEREST IN POSSIBLY GOING TO COLLEGE AFTER GRADUATION. KNOWING MY INCOME WOULD NOT COVER TUITION I DECIDED TO START DOING RESEARCH AND THIS LEAD ME ON A DAILY JOURNEY OF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AND COLLEGE WEBSITE BROWSING. MY DAUGHTER WAS ALSO A ATHLETE SO I HAD TO LEARN ALL ABOUT THE NCAA PROCESS AND CLEARINGHOUSE. WITH LITTLE ASSISTANCE FROM OTHERS I HAD TO FIGURE OUT MOST OF THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES MYSELF. AS A RESULT IT MADE ME VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE JOURNEY AND WHAT IT TAKES TO GET YOUR CHILD TO COLLEGE. I DECIDED I WANTED TO HELP OTHER FAMILIES SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO WORK AS HARD OR MISS OUT ON SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT I FOUND DURING MY SEARCH.
We offer interactive workshops and individual consultations to families and students to help them prepare for the post secondary education process starting in middle school. We also teach how to be academically ready to play college sports. In 2019 our student workshop series was created to teach students life skills. Curriculum is created by Jowan Smith, who is a mom that went through the college prep process with her student athlete. Ms. Smith wants to empower parents to be a resource to their scholar.
Interactive sessions are conducted so that parents get a hands on experience with navigating through the resources themselves. GOBTC started February 2017 and has since assisted over 400 students get to college that did not think college was a option. That number does not include families that were on track to attend college but needed assistance finding resources. This commitment to family engagement and repairing the relationships between families and school has opened the door for us to reach numerous school districts.
Jowan the CEO has a degree in Business Administration and over 15 years of experience in Marketing, Public Relations, and Event Planning. She was also a part of Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can program as a Facilitator and Publicist. Prior to starting GOBTC she was a Case Worker for Cuyahoga County Department of Jobs & Family Services.
Cleveland Leadership Center Accelerate Community Change Winner 2020
Accelerate 2017 competition with Cleveland Leadership Center Education Finalist
JumpStarts Core City Impact Competition Finalist
Urban League Growth Plan Pitch Competition Finalist
Featured Speaking Engagements:
WGBH Ed Forum 2017
National Family & Community Engagement Conference 2018
City of Cleveland Mayor's Youth Summit (2017, 2018, & 2019)
President's Council Youth Summit 2018
CSU Teen Summit (2017, 2018, & 2019)
Warrensville Hts HBCU College Fair 2017
Great Lakes Black Authors Summit 2019
Jowan Smith Features:
Today's Family Magazine
WKYC's We the People 2018 & 2019
Praise 94.5 Cleveland
1490 Talk Radio Cleveland
WZAK Access Cleveland
95.5 FM w/ T Moore
Cleveland.com (5 stories)
90.3 The Sound of Ideas
WEWS 5 Cleveland
Fox 8 Cleveland
Spectrum News Ohio
Call & Post
2019 Future History Maker Z107.9 & 93.1 FM
Emerging Philanthropist Honoree in The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland
NCNW Trailblazer Honoree 2019
2020 Cleveland Public Library Drum Major for Change
It's More Than a Business, It's a Movement!!
Disclaimer: Anything on my site or presented at a workshop is based on my personal experience and opinion. Research is done on numerous sites that I have personally used with my children. NCAA information is directly from NCAA approved manual. I'm not a agent or scout for any specific college.