We had the good fortune of connecting with Danisha Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danisha, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own businesses was ultimately to provide needed resources. Bailey’s Parent Support focuses on aiding parents with ensuring their children are academically success and meeting all the developmental marks in their current grade. In my 10 years of educating, I have witnessed numerous students lacking academic confidence and entering school so behind. I have discovered that many students don’t receive additional academic practice outside of school which can make all the difference. I provide personalized academic plans which include fun games and activities parents can incorporate in their home life. When students develop study habits and practice skills outside of the classroom, they tend to perform better and with more ease.
TMIT – Touch Me I’m Tellin is a nonprofit that supports survivors and spreads awareness of child sexual abuse. We provide prevention trainings to help parents, caregivers, youth serving organizations, and the public with recognizing, preventing, and responding appropriately to child sexual abuse. We also, empower and aid survivors on their healing journey through several creatively expressive initiatives. As a survivor, I know the importance of having the proper support system and resources while embarking on your healing journey.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What makes me most proud about my businesses is that they sincerely help parents, caregivers, and children. They provide needed services by someone who is dedicated to ensuring all children are safe and supported. They empower parents and survivors to seek help when needed and to know they are not alone in their efforts to heal and/or support their children. Both businesses required a lot of work, revamping, time, and out of pocket expenses. Both businesses were created while I worked as a full-time teacher. I overcame these challenges by keeping my end goal in mind. I enjoy the services I provide and the work I do so it honestly doesn’t feel like work. The main lessons I learned along the way is to never give up and that people care about the causes behind my brand. Through advertising and marketing, I have been able to receive donations of time, money, and resources to get my businesses where they are today, especially TMIT- Touch Me I’m Tellin. What I want the world to know about my brand is that it represents top notch support and care directly focused on serving the community. Bailey’s Parent Support and TMIT was created from years of personal and professional experience and I have witnessed the positive impact they have on our community. My brand represents a better tomorrow where children are fully prepared to be successful in school and life. Where learning is made fun again and seen as a way of life instead of some type of punishment. Where children have a village of trusted adults aware of the realities of child sexual abuse. Where parents and care givers are supported while raising and supporting their children.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love all the amazing sights and nature that Georgia offers. I would setup a couple of hikes and picnics through my favorite parks – Yellow River Park and Arabia Mountain Park. At the Yellow River Park we would sit and eat along the river. We would also visit Piedmont Park to enjoy the diverse crowd, jump double dutch, play volleyball, and grab margaritas across the street at WIlly’s Mexican Grill, We would go river tubing at the Chattahoochee River and afterwards enjoy dinner on the rooftop of Six Feet Under. I love cooking so would make them a couple of my favorite dishes like shrimp pasta with my homemade alfredo sauce, tacos with homemade guacamole, and crab stuffed salmon. These could be enjoyed on my deck around the fire pit with homemade sangria. Their last day visiting, we would get fried crab and shrimp from my favorite seafood spot Covington Seafood Market.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My soul sister Sharde McConnell has been a huge instrument in my healing journey as well as in the creation of TMIT. Together we realized survivors need healthy support systems as well as resources to aid them on their healing journey. We also realized the public needed to be more aware that child sexual abuse does exist and ways they can be apart of preventing it within the children in their lives.
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Photo of myself and soul sister/cofounder of TMIT hand and hand – Sharde McConnell Group photo – Participants of TMIT’s Awareness Rally