Footprints of Impact
How Tishauna Mullings Is Fostering Rural Regeneration
Tishauna Mullings’ battle with self-identity and the harsh realities of the rural youth in her rustic hometown activated a bold step to establish the first social enterprise in St. Thomas. Her high school years weren’t the easiest. She grappled with self-esteem and confidence issues which silenced her. After completing university, Tishauna experienced a metamorphosis that led her to become a source of hope for teens.
NexxStepp Lifelong Educational Services was envisioned to empower youth and address the pressing challenges associated with unemployment. The big vision was always to become a pivotal contributor to human capital development islandwide.
St. Thomas is commonly referred to as the “forgotten” parish, however Tishauna has never seen it as forgotten but as a place that’s rich in possibilities. Seeing those possibilities, she thought if she should start a business it had to be for impact over income.
Tishauna has tread in several communities, training and supporting youth, organizations, churches, and schools, leaving footprints of notable impact. She has impacted over 500 children through summer programmes and the Little Genius Initiative, which provides a platform for children to express themselves. As a part of fulfilling her social mission, she has engaged over 2000 youth through apprenticeship opportunities, workshops, and training sessions.
As a social entrepreneur, things haven’t been the easiest. When help was needed the most, she learnt of an accelerator programme called the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative, a joint project with JN Foundation and USAID. NexxStepp received JMD $3.5 million, which aided in the rebranding and positioning of NexxStepp as a social enterprise on the local scene.
Through her advocacy, Tishauna engaged a group of young girls who were mistreated. This was an emotional experience for her where she revealed how powerful it is to be a voice of love to those who are at the breaking point in their lives.
She continues her journey down the rural tracks, stepping on social issues affecting youth and children through mobilising resources to improve their lives.
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