We had the good fortune of connecting with LaKisha Clarke and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi LaKisha, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Kids Sew Genius Foundation is a nonprofit that is dedicated to helping underserved communities by providing a pathway out of poverty. We encourage and empower youth and young adults by teaching life and survival skills, with a focus on entrepreneurship. We are developing an apprenticeship program that pairs At-risk with local business owners, teaching them skills and trades which show them a way to pivot out of poverty. I’s a WIN for everyone involved (community, youth, and local businesses

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being that I am a stutterer, I had to find an alternative way to communicate and express myself. I love to use my hands to create. I love to diy, sew wigs, do hair, make hair products, craft, sew, and do all things creative.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to Little 5 Points and the West End. I love the freedom and expressiveness in Lil 5 points. People are very artsy and their styles are very unique. I also love the artwork that is spraypainted on the buildings. Great place to people watch. I would take them to the west end to see all the black owned business and establishments. The west End is full of culture and history.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate it to the children that were sexually abused and molested.

Website: www.ksgf.org

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