Tiffany Reed Hill definitely loves the kids, and the work she does with POE4KIDS is inspirational, to say the least. We are positive you will find her humble beginnings and her why to be relatable. And, you’ll better understand why children AND adults love her and the organization so much. It’s not the path she originally chose, but it’s definitely the one she was called to do. We invite you to read our latest BOTG blog series feature on Tiffany Reed Hill.

How long have you been doing what you do? “I started mentoring in 1998. I lived in an apartment complex in Clarksdale Mississippi where kids needed an outlet. I would let them baby sit for me to earn money. When I cooked, I fed all of them. I was their safe haven when things troubled them. I had no idea what path I was setting. Today, they are police officers, hair stylists, welders, and entrepreneurs. In 2006, I started Pushing Outstanding Excellence For Kids in collaboration with my friend Derrick Clark, after being turned down for a job in education. We had an idea of being juvenile event promoters. As kids, we both were latchkey and products of single mother homes. Our first event, Kids Fest, was done in my hometown. That landed us an opportunity to curate an NFL football camp with former Chicago Bears guard, Terrence Metcalf and Former Denver Bronco linebacker, Mario Haggan. These events developed into more community events such as Just Between Girls, our annual Tea Party, and our after care and self defense for kids programs. I like to think God had a different path for me. Many of the kids with whom we’ve had contact with in our program attend post secondary training, and they do well in the community.” 

What types of services does your organization provide? “P.O.E 4 KIDS promotes juvenile activities to turn these negative circumstances into positive outcomes by offering services such as organized sporting activities, mentoring programs, dance lessons, modeling classes, drama classes, post-secondary seminars, career assessments, as well as other youth services. We also have a Carrots and Beans aftercare exercise program.”

What made you decide to pursue this particular journey? “I had a lifelong dream of teaching History and Social Studies. The politics of education and the educational culture changed after I got my certifications. I felt that if I could reach kids outside of the classroom, we could save them another way.”

What are some of the most gratifying parts of what you do? “Some of the most gratifying parts of what I do is when kids come back and say how I have changed their lives. When a person I’ve never met on social media tells me how my perspective made them reach their goals. I love to see people win.”

What are some of the most disheartening things about what you do? “Some of the most disheartening things about what I do is seeing a nonprofit in almost every section of the city and kids still are not getting the help they need. It makes you wonder if we all need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a different plan. POE4KIDS’ mission says one thing but if it’s not in the mission we still jump in and help.”

Do you have any events coming up? “Yes. We have the Southern Belle Virtual Tea Party. The speaking panel includes some of the Mid-south’s great female leaders, such as LeShundra Robinson, MiaJanell Peake, Candace Monie and Tawanda Roberts. We also have a voter’s drive for students that will be 18 by election time.” 

Do you have any needs that would help you better do what you do? “Funding is our biggest need.”

What main point(s) do you want the readers to take away from this article? “I want readers to know that they have a voice, too. You do not need a nonprofit to create change. People can start small in their own community.” 

How can people get in touch with you? People can contact us by email at pushing4kids@gmail.com, Instagram: POE4kids, Facebook: Pushing Outstanding Excellence for Kids, and our website: www.pushing4kids.webs.com