Today we’d like to introduce you to Chartashia Miller.
Chartashia, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois. I enjoyed my childhood until I realized the adversity that surrounded me growing up in a single parent household filled with illicit drugs. Growing up in an impoverished neighborhood, a tough upbringing, and raising my son as a single mother taught me the importance of giving and sharing. After moving to Colorado I discovered ways to mentor young adults as I had to raise my siblings first, then as a Choir Director at St. Matthew Baptist Church, gaining God Parent’s that are still in my life today, developing my faith, and being involved in as much faith base structure as possible. After a tumultuous divorce and no family support nearby I continued to believe in myself and ensured God was the center of my life
I steeled in myself a mission and passion to provide support to students from a disenfranchised background. I started by equipping myself with a foundation of education. First, an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Management at Community College of Aurora. Second, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and lastly a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership both from Regis University.
As my faith grew, I became a member of For His Glory Christian Fellowship Church. I aligned myself with the Women’s Empowerment Ministry, Prayer Team, Choir, Youth Empowered to Succeed Ministry, and Nursing Home Ministry. The next logical step in giving to the community led me to join the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Aurora Branch as an officer serving as Secretary, Advisor to the Youth Council, and an officer of the Colorado/Montana/Wyoming State Conference.
I pressed forward with my education in community activism graduating from the Cherry Creek Leadership Program, the Urban Leadership Foundation Program, and the African Leadership Group Public Speaking Program. I maintain various leadership roles for the Aurora Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, the Denver Holiday Commission, and as an Ambassador of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
My community involvement allows me to advise and partner with great organizations such as the “Struggle of Love Foundation” annually to supply needs to the community through Thanksgiving food drives and toiletry supplies. Through this dedication I am now the Chair of this wonderful organization.
In 2009, I founded a social group named Touch & Go Ladies (TGL) with seven ladies in the group. TGL focuses on sharing experiences to cope with the stressors of life. This is where iron sharpens iron.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No. My life trajectory made the road tough. I faced many challenges and uncertainties. Anxiety, doubt, commitment to self, being a single mother, raising my son with little to no help, guiding a family away from a life of drugs and addiction. Additionally, my grief with countless deaths in my family seemed never ending
My financial struggles remained a staple throughout my journey. Marriage established a new family in Colorado. However, my East St. Louis family’s interaction and communication reduced and diminished the closeness I once held with them.
I was put in a position to be alone and had to figure things out so early on in life. The nights were long and the days never seemed to be bright. After so long of fighting to live and keep my son in a space of no worry. I gained a best friend Toni Shelton that was a God send because she mentored me, shaped me into womanhood, and always been there to cheer me on into victory.
I gained my mother back and began to establish a relationship as an adult after being away for over 20 years. I love on my family and friends because life is very short and that is what makes me happy.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I work at the United States Postal Service to keep finances and life necessities in order. I make sure I am setting goals to eventually be on the map across the globe helping youth succeed by proving theses services from my business.
Today, I am the founder and owner of TT Coaching With Results (TTCWR). TTCWR coaches on resume writing, career building, and life skills for anyone 12+ in a three-week in person and virtual course. TTCWR focuses on interview techniques and understanding life skills not introduced in modern classrooms. The goal is to reach young people who don’t have access to this kind of support. Supporting them in a way of meeting them where they are and giving them an ear to listen with no judgment.
What sets TTCWR apart from others is the age group focused and teaching from my personal experiences.
I am proud to be the generation and catalyst changing the direction of my family. I now know the trajectory of my life and my son’s are heading in the right direction. The success I am establishing today will lead the next generation of young people into a bright future.