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Welcome to Birthing Purposes

Influencing, impacting, inspiring, instructing and interceding girls of color to live successful lives.

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Why Birthing Purposes?

Birthing Purposes LLC. is an organization designed to uplift, equip, and expand the abilities of youth. It is an extension and working partnership with youth, parents, and those invested in the overall prosperity of girls. Hopeful in providing confidence to explore opportunities leading to self-fulfillment and purpose.

Transforming Lives through Positive Support

Our Mission

Our mission is to partner with parents in influencing, impacting, inspiring, instructing and interceding for our girls of color to thrive in their lives.

Our Vision

To equip our youth by strengthening their emotional intelligence, enhancing their self-awareness and communication skills, and providing solid core values in beliefs that go beyond our borders.

Why​ A Mentor?

According to…”Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.”

Young Adults Who Were At Risk for Falling Off Track but Had a Mentor Are:

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college

  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly

  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor

  • 130% more likely to hold leadership positions.

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and

  • 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)


We are two of the facilitators for our events. We look forward to learning, laughing, and living with you in the in-person and virtual worlds! We're gonna have fun growing!Sherdal and I have been friends since we met 10 years ago. We are honest with each other, encourage each other, and push each other to be our best selves. Friendship, sisterhood, communication, and accountability are all part of our relationship. We want other girls to have all the tools needed to feel comfortable in their skin, all the tools to be phenomenal, and have a life that reflects that as well. We do this through youth activities and building healthy relationships.

Important Life Skills For Teenagers

October 24, 2012, By Stephen Pepper 
Life Skills For Teenagers Life skills 101 was a success.

This post contains some ideas for how to help teenagers set a budget based on income and expenses. (See the original article for more information) One of the things that we’re most passionate about here at  * It is helping young people learn and develop the life skills that they need for now and in the future.

This week’s Best Of  * It is, therefore, focusing on :     

1. Communication Skills – This session idea contains many different activities to explore how people communicate, looking at both non-verbal and verbal methods of communication.     

2. Financial Awareness – No matter how old your young people are, it’s never too early to start teaching them financial life skills. 

Seas of Inspiration

Seas of Inspiration is the official book division within Birthing Purposes LLC. All books will be sold under this division’s umbrella. Sea Lessons with Daddy is the first children's book to be featured in this division.

About the Author

Melissa's life has been dedicated to helping people grow, and this organization is just another extension of what she has designed to leave as her legacy. Melissa believes that the possibilities of young people's success are limitless if they are equipped with the right tools and inspired by the right influences.
Being from a military family Melissa has traveled and has been living in Virginia for many years. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, education was an important and imperative priority stressed by her parents.Melissa believes in planting seeds of greatness in the minds of our youth and cultivating them by providing information for their toolboxes and inspiring them to dream big!
She has been a part of children's ministries by facilitating and creating curricula for years and designing and training curricula for staff and outside organizations. Melissa is a Training Coordinator holding certifications in Effective Communication and most recently completed the Association for Talent Development Training Certificate to name a couple. As requested, she provides training for her agency, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and other organizations.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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The NCES 1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
  • Count to 20, or higher than those
    who were not (60% vs. 44%)

White Structure
The NCES 1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
  • Write their own names (54% vs. 40%)

The NCES 1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:

  • Read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not:
  • 26% of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14% of children who were read to less frequently.

According to NCES 2:

  • Only 53% of children ages 3 to 5 were read to daily by a family member (1999). 

According to NCES 2:

  • Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty.


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"I've waited with expectation! It's full of lessons I want my child to know with colorful, lively pictures."

Shantell Basking
Parent and Veteran

"Learning from those who have gone before us like Maya Angelou and those who remain leaves one rich to move forward not to just exist but to make a life. It is with those lessons we can appreciate and use every piece of our journey to be happy, leave a legacy, and be fulfilled!"
--Melissa Fanning

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Get in Touch

Birthing Purposes LLC is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.

PO Box 26 Carrollton, VA 23314

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