A native of Jacksonville,Florida, Terri Staten is a graduate of Florida State University where she majored in Criminal Justice. She is a published author of a book of poetry entitled, “Personal Notes of Poetry: Pain Is Pink”. Staten co-founded an e-journal titled Venue South which serves as an online platform for novice poets.

Terri has conducted seminars and given speeches for Girls Get Information Technology, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based organization for girls provided through Florida State College of Jacksonville, FAME- a pre-college program at Florida State College of Jacksonville and  Duval County public schools.

As a former employee with Dept. of Children and Families Services, Jewish Families Services and Family Support Services of North Florida, her work experience with children and displaced juveniles has enabled her to develop a rapport with the audience (young girls) in an effort to extend to them practical and innovative techniques to deal with low-self-esteem and depression.

Soyini Circles’ curriculum is based on the Labelle Foundation model called, (S.E.L.F.) a self-esteem learning foundation.

Staten is currently the project coordinator for Tri- I.T., a STEM based program located at Florida Sstate College of Jacksonville. The goal of Soyini Circles is to help young women raise their self-esteem while manifesting their dreams. Terri is the mother of A’yize Soyini McKenzie, a smart and vibrant 9 year old little girl, whom the program is named after.

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