DR. LAVONIA SMITH
Dr. Smith is a veteran of the United States Military where she served as a medical support personnel as a Navy Sailor. In addition, she provided clinical care as a register nurse to military members and their families. After completion of her service in the Navy, she continued to provide care but it would be directly related in the educational field. In 2007, she started working for the Navy College Program as the Senior Education Technician. In this role, she provided para-professional educational information, assistance, and training to 10 +Education Services Specialist, Guidance Counselors and Education Technician. In 2009, Dr. Smith was promoted to the Education Services Specialist for the Department of Navy for Navy Recruiting District Ohio. It would be this role where she became a big advocate for promoting and engaging kids and young adults into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In 2013, Dr. Smith started her own non-profit business called “DLS Education & STEM Services.” Her organization provides educational services to local communities, offering tutoring, college planning and testing, GED and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) preparation tutoring for the military services, Military and Veteran Services, Educational Counseling and STEM project-base activities. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from American Intercontinental University and PhD in Education from Capella University. She is currently teaching for the Columbus City School District in Columbus, Ohio. She is also one of the co-founders for “Future Awesome Camp.”
There is no one better to coordinate Future Awesome Camp’s Fashion & Technology divisions than Malia Blackwell. Malia has an extensive background in the product development– from managing entire design development processes across multiple categories- from idea to retail. You might recognize some of her work in many global named retail brands.
Being a part of the ever-changing and fast-paced consumer driven market, Malia knows first hand what skills students should learn at an early age in order to be successful in their future careers. She believes the use of S.T.E.A.M Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) is the best route to do so with today’s youth! She has fought hard to ensure that everyone she comes into contact with knows the value and importance of S.T.E.A.M, which makes her a wonderful co-founder of Future Awesome Camp!
Beyond exposures to S.T.E.A.M disciplines, F.A.C supports the development of valuable life skills like:
Logical reasoning, Algorithmic thinking, Collaboration, Structured problem solving, Communication & Creativity!
Builds character traits like:
Imagination, Persistence, Motivation, Confidence & Self-esteem!
Inspires kids to pursue STEAM degrees which offer:
Jobs in high demand, Higher income earning potential and self sufficiency & the ability to make an impact on society, & build communities that transform the world!
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