A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism

Join Anita Russell, change cultivator, speaker, and author, in this thought-provoking 8-week journey towards antiracism. Explore the social construct of race and racism (systemic, structural, institutional) through multiple lenses—history, lived and shared experiences, and transformational strategy in personal, business, and organizational domains.

Cultivating Change from Within

This mastermind program has been designed specifically (though, not exclusively) for a white audience to grasp the two different faces of life in America. The intent is to address the issue of systemic RACISM at a PERSONAL LEVEL. The program is geared towards in-depth conversations into the hearts, minds and beliefs of participants. Together participants embark upon a journey exploring ANTIRACISM as a transformational STRATEGY in their own personal and business lives. The program is delivered through a hybrid coaching experience using a mastermind format. Design and facilitation reflect my commitment to cultivating change from within for the purpose of unleashing human potential for the good of all.

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Historian & Author
How to Be an Antiracist
Stamped from the Beginning


I have been a board member for OMA Center for Mind, Body and Spirit for a few years. Recently I had the distinct pleasure of partnering with OMA to pilot this mastermind program. The participants included OMA board members, supporters, and friends. I am grateful for the journey! Check out the testimonials. Be sure to submit an inquiry to learn more.

Grow Fearlessly: 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow, and Empower Your Life

A Personal Impact Mastermind

“To SOAR is to grow fearlessly with vision, purpose, and action.” —Anita D Russell

More often than not life is messy business. There are many things that can hang us up—like limiting beliefs, disempowering self-knowledge, unleashed potential, or lack of intentionality.

The questions is this: If this applies to you, what do you plan to do about it? I’m here to champion you to disrupt limiting beliefs, empower self-knowledge, unleash true potential, and live intentionally.

SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) 2020

Anita Russell, Founder & Program Director

SUMMER 2020
SOAR YOUTH EMPOWER PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH YOUTH ENRICHMENT SERVICES

CLIFTON STRENGTHS EXPLORER & COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

In the summer of 2020 the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) partnered with Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Together they created a 7-week summer program for Summer Scholars entering high school (14-15 year olds).

The combined efforts of SOAR-YEP and YES included two specific learning streams—building team performance throughout individual strengths and conducting community-based research on the topic of Health Literacy & Social Determinants of Health.

Anita introduced the Clifton StrengthsExplorer, an assessment designed to help teens discover and apply their strengths and talents to understand the necessity of managing team performance in a project-based environment.

Anita guided the students through deconstruction of a model of Health Literacy and Structural Determinants of Health, providing a glosssary of working definitions, videos depicting lived experiences of local community residents (specifically, gentrification), and using the model as a subject of community-based research under pandemic conditions.

Under the directorship of Denise Jones, YES paints a bright future out of uncertainty for young people in inner-city and urban communities. YES helps students to create a portrait of themselves as successful, empowered, and confident leaders. 

Denise provided robust and comprehensive opportunities in the domains of Sport Management and Marketing, Gaming and Technology, African American History and Social Justice, Culinary Arts, and Business and Entrepreneurship. 

To Hire Or Not to Hire a Life Coach

Good things are happening at SOAR Coaching Academy. As a grassroots life coach and change cultivator, I absolutely love what I do! Yet I know that life coaching is not for everybody.

While there are plenty of reasons to hire a life coach, there are also several reasons NOT to hire a life coach.

Don’t hire a life coach if you are a person who. . . .

  • Wants to be told what to do.
  • Is already living your best life, satisfied with where you are, or see no room for improvement.
  • Hates change.
  • Does not want to manage or improve your relationships.
  • Needs/wants therapy or counseling.
  • Do not see life coaching as a worthwhile investment of time, resource, money, and willingness to do the work.

On the other hand, hiring a coach can help you to…

  • Define, vision, purpose and action.
  • Turn potential energy into kinetic action.
  • Gain clarity and keep your focus.
  • Adopt an attitude of personal accountability/responsibility.
  • Save you time and wasted effort.
  • Increase your confidence and motivation.
  • Develop a growth/benefit mindset.
  • Nurture, grow and empower your life.
  • Improve your leadership skills.
  • Boost your overall wellbeing.

Why I Use Appreciative Coaching in My Coaching Practice

Are you ready for surprise and adventure? Are you ready to delve in redesigning your life through coaching at the SOAR Coaching Academy? Watch as Sara Orem introduces appreciative coaching, one of three prongs that form the foundation of my coaching approach at SOAR Coaching Academy. The other two prongs are Strength-based Coaching and Living On-PAR (Personal Accountability and Responsibility) to design your best life.

SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP)

Anita Russell, Founder & Program Director

SUMMER 2020
PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUTH ENRICHMENT SERVICES

CLIFTON STRENGTHS EXPLORER & COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

In the summer of 2020 the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) partnered with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) to create a 7-week summer program for youth entering high school (14-15 year olds). YES paints a bright future out of uncertainty so young people from inner-city and urban communities create a portrait of themselves as successful, empowered, and confident leaders. The combined efforts of SOAR-YEP and YES included two specific learning streams—building team performance throughout individual strengths and conducting community-based research on the topic of Health Literacy & Social Determinants of Health. Anita introduced the Clifton StrengthsExplorer, an assessment designed to help teens discover and apply their strengths and talents to understand the need to build team performance in a project-based environment.

SUMMER 2019
LOCAL PITTSBURGH COMMUNITIES

Greater Valley Community Services

Braddock Youth Project

Art in the Garden

Your True Strength » Who Are You?

In the summer of 2019 three youth organizations hosted a session of the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program Teen Workshop.

In this workshop teens experience the value of being their true self and choosing to live an authentic life based on positive self-image, identifying their strengths, connecting to others., and to their communithy.

Beyond the standalone components, SOAR Youth Empowerment is a part of a grand vision that includes a teen workshop, Your True Strength and an adult forum, A Community Conversation on Teen Mental Wellness.

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The grand vision includes a long-term plan made of four distinct phases:
Phase 1: Youth Workshop + Adult Community Conversations + Data Collection
Phase 2: Community-based Collective Leadership Framework Workshops+ Data Collections
Phase 3: Community-based collective leadership team
Phase 4: Design/develop community-based initiative/project

SATURDAY –  WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Teen Workshop
Your True Strength > Who Are You Becoming?
Name it. Claim it. Aim it. Discover your strengths. Learn the value of being your true self and connecting with others.

Adult Community Conversation
Teen Mental Wellness > Open forum discussion on the state of teen mental wellness. And what we plan to do about it as a community.