The Power of You Teens is an empowerment and mentoring organization created to encourage teenage girls to dream big and to inspire them to reach their full potential.
Every girl has the potential for Greatness! However, today’s Teen faces many challenging issues: Bullying, Stress, Drugs, Violence, Depression and Teen Pregnancy. We want more for our girls — to show them them that they can not only deal with these issues but overcome them. The Power of You Teens seeks to change the trajectory of many girls’ lives by helping them build self-esteem, self-confidence and self-empowerment so they can realize their Greatness!
Through its Empowerment Experience Expos, The Power of You Teens creates a safe, fun and inspirational environment that ignites the spark for girls to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. The Empowerment Expos, for girls between the ages of 11 and 19, are designed to inform, instill and inspire teen girls to think creatively and believe there is no limit to what can they achieve. The Empowerment Expos are a place where young women and their families will have the opportunity to meet positive role models and dynamic mentors of excellence, discuss teen and mental health issues, explore college and career possibilities and learn of life changing leadership programs available to them in their communities.
By engaging and speaking with our next generation of young women, The Power of You Teens seeks to develop tomorrow’s agents of change who understand their self-worth and how they can make a positive impact in their community and the world.
Raised in Tampa, Florida, Felicia Gibson Jaycox, Founder and CEO of The Power of You Teens, has always been passionate about educating and empowering young women. As the daughter of a high school teacher and pastor, Felicia began volunteering at an early age to help make a difference in people’s lives.
After graduating high school, Felicia worked as a Care Counselor at a Teen Crisis Center where she helped teens who were having difficulties. It was at the Center that Felicia realized she was passionate about inspiring teens to reach their greatest potential.
While earning her degree at the University of South Florida, Mrs. Gibson Jaycox became an on-air personality and model for the Home Shopping Network (HSN). While at HSN, Felicia created and was the CEO of The Glamour Girls Club, an organization aimed at helping young women between the ages of 5 and 25 gain self-esteem and self-confidence. Through the use of self-empowerment workshop programs, Felicia taught over 2,000 young women public speaking skills, self-improvement techniques and leadership qualities.
Felicia gained extensive experience in the fields of television production and event planning when she came to New York in 2000 to further her television career. She has helped produce numerous events and television programs, including The Heritage Network’s shows “Showtime at the Apollo” and “Livin’ Large.” Felicia was also a Segment Producer for the nationally syndicated television show “Weekend Vibe.”
Utilizing the skills she has learned throughout her distinguished career, Mrs. Gibson Jaycox established The Power of You Teens to help inspire teen girls to dream big and to empower them with the tools to become tomorrow’s agents of change. Her vision is to create an army of young women who are leaders – confident and strong enough to shine in the face of adversity and self-sufficient to make meaningful contributions to their community and to the world.
Alvina is a woman changing the world. She is currently an Executive Producer at the television news network Arise America. Alvina is passionate about mentoring and sharing her inspiring life story with teens and encourages teens to “Be your own cheerleader and never give up.”
Alvina is also the founder of MoreMedia a multi-media company based in New York City built upon her 20-years of experience in journalism, publicity and production. She has been a general assignment reporter for LI News Tonight and has also worked for Inside Edition, FOX, WABC-TV/Eyewitness News, CBS News and Channel 9 News.
Alvina graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a BFA in Communications. She is a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Women’s Fund of New Jersey for her work with CBS News and News 12 New Jersey. She has been recognized as a “Leader in the Field of Communications” by Street Warriors Newark, NJ and is also a recipient of the Gregory Thomas Foundation Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Simone ”Boss Lady” Amelia is a well sought after On-Air Host and a Lifestyle Consultant for brands like Monster Products, Sprayground, Publik Trust and Indique. In addition to her media ventures, Simone’s passion is working with young women and mentoring. She is very active in Women in Entertainment Network (WEEN) and the grassroots organization Youth At Risk where she was awarded Mentor of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean heritage, Simone moved to New York City seven years ago and quickly became a familiar face in both music and fashion industries. She was one of five women from around the world chosen for Reebok Classics “Classic Beat” campaign, with her own signature shoe launched (and sold out) in October 2012. A published journalist since the age of 17 in Australia and abroad, she’s interviewed stars such artist as Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Afeni Shakur, Diddy, Rick Ross, 50 Cent and countless others throughout her rewarding career.
For the past fifteen years Cassidy has worked full time producer in New York media and entertainment, primarily at MTV, VH1, Oxygen Media, Al Roker Productions, ABC, CBS and most recently ARISE America. She’s an active member of the Producers Guild of America serving as a PGA Diversity and Screening Committee member. Her career objectives as a producer and correspondent were established at the age of fifteen when she began producing a public access program that was subsequently nominated for a California Emmy. Cassidy is the director, producer and writer of Little Brown Girl a book, film and TV project based on her story of living in a utopian American community called Synanon where she was born.
She also serves in a voluntary capacity on behalf of various groups, especially The Cooper Hewitt Museum, working to bring media education and design experience to New York City high school students. Ms. Arkin's work is original and profound and has a cross-generational impact. Her heart is with media arts and journalism, with a special focus on the community and the people. She has a strong belief in the value of her own experience and talents as a producer and as a creative, and, she works hard to make others successful.
She Creates Change, Founder & CEO, Suparna Bhasin is a successful entrepreneur devoted to creating personal and global transformation through empowering women to make her dreams a reality. She is a true visionary and teacher, inspiring a movement of change and infinite possibilities. Suparna is committed to serving the community.
Suparna is President of the Board for Women’s Education Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women of limited means discover their potential for college and career success. She has also served as a lead coach for Future Possibilities a non-profit organization that mentors inner city children and empowers them to develop critical self-esteem and life skills.
Ashley M. Buie, founder of Bird's Eye Entertainment, Inc., continues to set the entertainment world on fire. Buie has catapulted her career from Production Assistant to Executive Producer. She has worked on a multitude of television shows with some of today’s top television networks including: BravoTV, Discovery, Oxygen, CNN, MTV, CMT, The Travel Channel, and VH1. In her over 10-year span in the entertainment field Buie has worn many hats. She’s currently working as the Executive Producer for the second highest rated series on The Travel Channel: Toy Hunter, a reality series where top vintage toy collector/buyer, Jordan Hembrough, scours the world looking for rare, never-before-seen toys.
In addition to her many accomplishments, she also has a deep passion in helping others reach success. In 2006, Buie founded Bird’s Eye Entertainment, Inc., a full-service production company and talent management firm based in NY to support others seeking positive paths in the entertainment industry. Presently, the company is focused on its most ambitious project yet: online network, BEE-TV, which serves as a platform for up-and-coming producers, directors, and writers from minority ethnic backgrounds to get the exposure they need to push their independent projects to new heights.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley has recently published a book of daily devotionals, The Truth: Wrapped In Love. Buie attended Howard University, where she graduated summa cum laude and earned a B.A. in Television Production.
For over 14 years Lena Cohen has dedicated her life to helping others. The passion she has for changing lives is simply infectious. It’s no secret that her energy and bubbly personality precedes itself. Mentoring and coaching has become second nature for her and something she takes great pride in. Growing up in the city of Camden, New Jersey has awarded her years of life experience along with a wealth of knowledge. She is known to be wise beyond her years; enduring many trials and facing much adversity.
Lena graduated with honors from Kean University and obtained an internship with CBS, where she continues to grow with the company. Most recently she also decided to take the route of entrepreneurship by starting her own company “You’re Beautiful Honie,” which teaches women how to tap into their inner strength. Her goal is to help women achieve their highest level of potential and peace through the healing of their mind, body and soul. Lena has been a part of, and worked with, the Boys & Girls Club for 14 years along with other organizations such as NJPIRG, NY Cares, The Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross and many others. Her much anticipated book “Stop, Drop and Roll” is scheduled to be published in December 2014. Lena currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey and reminds us that “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.
Is the creator of Goddess On The Go. Leora has dedicated her life to making a difference in the community of women. Since 2013 Leora has brought thousands of women together throughout the United States for a day of self-love, health, transformation, movement and an opportunity to dive into the divine. Her passion and dream is that women and teen girls get to experience their Best Life possible.
Tyese, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, worked for the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) in the Organized Crime Division for 10 years before her segue into the world of television in 1996 for the television syndication company “The Heritage Network.” From sales to production positions to ultimately Talent Executive & Brand Manager for the television show Weekend Vibe, Carmichael-Styles has worked on the following programs: Source All Access, Livin’ Large, Weekend VIBE, Showtime at the Apollo.
Now, a 17-year veteran in television production, marketing, branding and celebrity talent acquisition, Tyese is one of the most sought after executives in the entertainment industry. Whether its securing celebrity talent for interviews, appearances and performances or planning corporate and celebrity events, Tyese’s commitment to perfection has earned her the title of “the hardest working executive in multicultural showbiz!” Her unlimited contacts with media outlets, managers, agents and publicists assures she GET’S THE JOB DONE!
Carmichael-Styles roster of “A-List” talent has been showcased in some of the hottest programming outlets including, MTV, VH1, BET, TV One, UPN, FUSE, FOX Television, NBC, radio, websites and magazines. She’s worked with an incredible range of talent including Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Senator Cory Booker, Jay Z, Kevin Hart, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Aretha Franklin, Ne-Yo, Keke Palmer, Michael Eric Dyson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Dr. Oz, Executive Director of “Let’s Move” campaign Sam Kass, and Issa Rea, just to name a few. Tyese lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.
Kala Riggins is native of New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating college in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Broadcast Television, she stepped out on faith and moved to New York City to pursue her career. One year later, Kala is currently a producer for Arise Entertainment 360 and contributes as a fashion and entertainment writer for online web brands such as StyleBlazer.com. Additionally, Kala is a style blogger of her own premiere blog ModelMayI.com, where she focuses on self-acceptance, confidence & beauty for curvy women. Taking life on one outfit at a time, Kala is a curvy girl standing out amongst the crowd. Hardworking, determined, and innovative, Kala believes the word no is just a synonym for work harder!
Shauna Graham is a digital media technologist and lifestyle & beauty entrepreneur based in New York City. Her transition to the digital space began while being featured as a model in campaigns and productions for brands such as Target, Essence, Boost Mobile, and Rocawear.
While going to casting calls during the day, she taught herself programming at night and went on to found The Alfam, a digital media marketing and creative production group. Five years later, she manages an international team that merges media and technology by producing and consulting for campaigns such as Dove’s True Beauty Campaign and Bacardi. Using a variety of mediums, they develop and conceptualize innovative projects for web, apps, mobile, viral videos, and social media. Her work has been featured in multiple film festivals and on VH1, BET, NBC, BRAVO, and MSN.
Recently, after developing award winning online hair culture magazine and community, Vissa Studios, Shauna launched mobile social app Hair Decoded. Hair Decoded is a digital interactive social community that allows users to discover and share hair styles as well as book hair professional appointments in their area.
Shauna holds various positions within different foundations in Harlem and volunteers her time to activities that range from mentoring young people in technical programming and social media tactics to teaching yoga to inner city kids.
Tia Cannon is the Director for Programming for the public class division of the Natural Gourmet Institute in her role as the Senior Manager of Programming and Content, she is responsible for what students will learn in their experience at NGI.
After humble beginnings, she work her way to owning a successful catering company geared toward corporate businesses, it was after this that Tia enrolled in the Career Culinary Program at the Institute of Culinary Education in 2003. Successfully completing two programs at ICE, earning a Culinary diploma in Culinary Arts and successfully completing a Pastry and Baking diploma where she found a love for chocolate work, bread baking and a passion for the refined and interesting flavors of plated desserts. Upon graduating she was soon working in world renowned venues in Minneapolis, France and New York City which include Gramercy Tavern and Jean Georges.
Chef Tia has a previous background in food television, as a full time food stylist for an Emmy Award winning daytime cooking show, and has cooked for a wide range clients and celebrities from distinguished guest President Bill Clinton to comedic legend Carol Burnett. She has created signature desserts for national brands including Mrs. Fields Cookies and David Tutera. Most recently has become a food and recipe cookbook editor. Since 2009, you can find her teaching at culinary schools in New York City, and exclusively at NGI or privately. During weekends, she is committed to her role as the health and wellness expert for the Power of You Teens. During her down time, she enjoys teaching private clients how to make healthy and delicious meals in their homes while adding down to earth fun, charisma and encouraging creativity to the learning experience.