Shanté Speaks

Shanté Shares

“At the age of 13, I hit the lottery. I received what all children in the foster system long for: a forever family. With this family came educational stability. Throughout my pursuit of education, I’ve benefited from many coaches along the way: Mrs. Spearman, encouraged me to embrace my love for reading; Mrs. Laute, coached me in my first national oratory competition; and finally the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program staff, helped me to become the first in my family to graduate college and pursue a doctoral degree at Northwestern University. Education remains the greatest weapon to change the trajectory of one’s life. And this is why I started TasselTurn — to change the lives of at-promise youth in the foster system. I am no anomaly. Even though every youth in care may not hit the lottery the way I did, all youth in care can win BIG with educational attainment and coaching along the way.” – Shanté  Elliott


Social is defined as relating to society. Impact is defined as having a strong effect on someone or something. 

At TasselTurn our social impact directly contributes to healthy life outcomes for youth aging out of foster care through educational attainment. This reduces the number of youth in care who recycle throughout social support systems: criminal justice, homelessness, and unemployment.