ABOUT THE FOUNDER
A Georgia grown native of Chicago, Monaye Darke is a honor graduate of Howard University (Washington, DC) where she received her B.F.A. in Theater Arts. Monaye is the product of not allowing certain limiting circumstances frustrate her limitless possibilities. Her success-fueled attitude has caused her to become the first to graduate with a four-year degree in her family.
In fact, she maintained academic excellence throughout her school career and attended the academically vigorous Spelman College Early College Program during her junior year in high school, earning college credits in English and biology as well as honors recognition.
Never one to shrink from a challenge or life, Monaye has been involved in all facets of life, from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity to feeding the hungry with her church. She instructed dance with the Youth Becoming Healthy Project [recognized by President Obama], Girls Inc. (Albany, GA) and interned as lead instructor with Dance 411 Studios (ATL). Further, she has served in various leadership capacities and was nominated for the 2011 Governor's Honors Award.
While she believes these accomplishments have made her much more self-assured, she has faced many challenges. It’s easy to take the path of least resistance and give in to peer pressure. However, there was always that voice there in the back (and forefront) of her mind, pushing her to make good decisions. She decided not to follow the crowd and to, instead be a thinker. Those things are to what her accomplishments are most owed.
Monaye is a fitting example poised to influence and impact the next generation of children who may not know what depth of potential lies within them. She is a Performing Arts Educator for a public high school in Atlanta, GA. Within just a year and a half in her career, Monaye was selected as Star Teacher of the Year. In all her involvements, Monaye’s mother’s presence and influence are undeniable, and much of the credit for her focus, diversity and success may be attributed to their relationship.