First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle

What can be more invigorating than being able to come together for inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship? Not much!

Surprise The Struggling Inc. and Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy’s inaugural First Wednesday Tea Huddle is happening tomorrow night, November 1, 2017, 4PM-7PM, at The Tea Room located at 452 Pine Street (between Belmont & Pitkin), Brooklyn, New York.  All women are invited to come out and hear an inspiring word from dynamic speakers, while gathering with other women, sharing the same struggles, triumphs, and dreams—over a cup of tea.

First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle

First Wednesdays Women Awakening Women Tea Huddle is a joint venture between Suprise The Struggling Inc. and Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy to bring assistance, awareness, and advice to less fortunate and homeless women and teen girls. You are invited to join Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson tomorrow night for sacred conversation, empowerment, inspiration, and support over a cup of tea and a warm meal.

Sponsored Dr. Wilson Leadership Academy and The Tea Room, #STSGlobal will be catering to the less fortunate and homeless women in the community. All in attendance will receive a blessing bag filled with essential items to help take care of the bare personal hygienic needs.  Joining the festivities for the inaugural First Wednesday are two dynamic speakers: Minister Wanda Edwards of Colors of Survival and Minister LaTonya Smiley of Eve’s Roses.

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No amount is too small. We’re blessed to be a blessing. We Meet The People Where They’re At…PERIOD!

Looking Forward To Seeing You!

Celebrating Women’s History Month…LaShawn Lukes!




In continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month, #SurpriseTheStruggling’s twenty-eighth highlight this month is the enterprising and unforgettable radio personality LaShawn Lukes—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s host with the most supporter from Long Island, New York. LaShawn has been a friend to both #STSGlobal and our sister organization, The Stop Bullying Project®.

Our slogan at #STSGlobal is simple: “We Meet The People Where They’re At…Period!” Not only does LaShawn embody the spirit of our mission, but also the essence of our slogan. When you have gone through some tough times in your life and you survive? You make the most of each day that God grants you. Lashawn has taken advantage of each day that she is blessed to see, and has given her time to uplift, support, and make a positive change and impact in her community. She is a champion for the people and an Activist ready to make a change in the lives she encounters.

LaShawn Lukes, Community Activist, Radio Personality, Long Island Edge Radio

This is what LaShawn brings and offers to the #Surprisethestruggling family. Her support and willingness to bring our mission and cause to the forefront enabled us to reach an even broader audience. She has honored the work that we do by affording us a new platform in which to speak from, making people aware of who and what we are about at #STSGlobal.

It is not uncommon to see the philanthropic side of Lashawn, in addition to her business savvy. She is a businessperson that gives back in various ways. By giving voice and a spotlight to many who may never have been heard of, she allows individuals, organizations, and businesses an opportunity to promote who they are.

We thank Lashawn for being a part of the #STSGlobal mission and helping us to shine like diamonds, and for being a part of the reason we are able to do what we do, and touch the many lives that we have and will continue to.

LaShawn Lukes— Co-founder, Radio Personality, Empowerment Activist, Blogger, Director of Bag Lady the Photo Experience, Production  Coordinator, Public Speaker—is Owner-operator at Exclusive NYC the Blog and Co-Founder and Partner at Long Island Edge Radio. Exclusive NYC the Blog connects you to the Elite New York Life Style from Food and spirits to the trendiest fashion—the hip Chronicle of NYC.  Follow LaShawn on IG,

Long Island Edge Radio—The most anticipated full functional radio station in Long Island, NY bringing you talk, hip hop, reggae, kompa, gospel, current events and so much more. The future of internet radio, Long Island Edge Radio is a long Island New York based adult contemporary online station and media production powerhouse directly connecting the people to music, media, current events, news, fashion, lifestyle, and what’s trending. They pay close attention to the community and provide a platform for all to be heard. LONG ISLAND EDGE RADIO is the voice of the people.

We salute you, Lashawn Lukes! Your spirit, activism, and work in the community inspire us every day to walk in our greatness. We stand with a heart of gratitude and graciousness to have you as part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!

Celebrating Women’s History Month…Theresa Vivian Moila!



We’re continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month! #SurpriseTheStruggling’s twenty-first highlight this month is the inspirational and selfless Advocate Theresa Vivian Moila—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s day one supporter, promoter, and our South African Chief Ambassador. Theresa has jumped in wholly to support and promote the work of not only #STSGlobal but also as an Ambassador for our sister organization, The Stop Bullying Project®. Theresa embodies the spirit of the mission of both organizations and continues to promote and share our mission and work with many others, near and far.

Theresa Vivian Moila, Chief Ambassador, Advocate, Champion

It is at times difficult to convey accurately with words what you hold in your heart for someone. The words do not always justify the depths of love and gratitude that you feel in your heart towards someone who means so much to you. That is how #STSGlobal feels towards Theresa. There are not enough words to justly describe how profoundly grateful we are to have Theresa as part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling family.

From the beginning, Theresa has been an invaluable part of #STSGlobal. She has gone out of her way to represent our mission in such a way that it has brought together like-minded people to share in our mission and to help aid us in reaching our goals of helping others. Because of her selflessness and continued support, we are able to do what we do and help not only surprise many homeless women and teen girls, but also those who may be struggling, and to bring awareness, as well to those who have suffered from bullying in any shape or form.

Theresa is an asset to our organization, and we are forever grateful that she chose us to lend her support, love, and dedication. We are and are able to do what we do because of beautiful souls like Theresa.

Theresa Vivian Moila—Chief Ambassador, Motivator, Educator, Activist, Humanitarian—is the Champion for many causes. She lends her voice and support to various organizations that have an impact on the way we live our lives, see the world, and treat one another in this world.

Theresa puts forth efforts to encourage others in the fight to bring awareness to the severity of violence against children. She is also an advocate for quality and accessible education. She fights to change the world one person; one life at a time. Please follow our dear Queen on her IG and FB pages to learn more about her and the awesome work she does and the organizations she supports. 

We salute you, Theresa Vivian Moila! Your compassionate heart and dedication inspire us to be the best version of who we can be. Because of you, we are! We are grateful to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!

Celebrating Women’s History Month…Iesha Sekou!



We are continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month! #SurpriseTheStruggling’s eighth highlight this month is the educator and crusader of justice, Iesha Sekou—#SurpriseTheStruggling’s powerful and awe-inspiring Ambassador from New York, NY. Where do we begin with the accolades for this powerful woman? The voice of the voiceless? This Queen, who lays it on the line each and every day; risking it all to save our youth and to give them a voice, an outlet, an education, a future—is the embodiment of love and strength. Ms. Iesha lays is walking the talk and not just talking it. She is living and breathing it, and has done so for over thirty years.

Words cannot adequately convey the love and gratitude that we have for Iesha Sekou. This is why she is our very first recipient of the #STS Community Leadership Award—presented at our First Anniversary Celebration. She has been a champion for #STSGLOBAL as well as our sister organization, The Stop Bullying Project®. She has gone out of her way to assist and to encourage and mentor. Iesha is a living and breathing embodiment of #SurpriseTheStruggling’s mission; living each day, giving back to those in her community. Her community is not just where she resides, it is all encompassing of every young person needing a champion; every man or woman needing resources to better their life circumstances. From the moment Iesha connected with #Surprisethestruggling, it has been one opportunity after another to spread and share our mission and to reach people in places we would never have reached on our own. She is a treasure of wisdom and knowledge, and we are so fortunate to have her as an Ambassador, friend, and personal mentor and surrogate Mom of our Founder, Dr. Jacquelyn Wilson.

Iesha Sekou, Educator, Activist, Founder of Street Corner Resources

Iesha Sekou—Mentor, Champion, Educator, Activist, Game-Changer, Trailblazer—is the Founder of Street Corner Resources (SCR). Street Corner Resources is a nonprofit organization located at Harlem Renaissance High School. Founded in 2007 by Iesha Sekou, Street Corner Resources mission is to empower young people to stay away from gun and gang violence through music, employment, education, training, and other resources. In addition, Street Corner Resources seeks to reduce the amount of gun and gang violence in the Harlem community. SCR seeks to create a more peaceful community by providing teenagers and young adults greater access to real employment, education, training and other resources to assist them as they strive for success.

Ms. Iesha is also the host of a weekly radio show, Street Corner Resources Live on Harlem Community Radio (WHCR 90.3 FM) The program combines information and dialogue on many of the important issues facing the community. Topics include violence prevention, community policing, career development and more. SCR LIVE often highlights the lives of individuals who are making a positive impact in our community. Street Corner Resources LIVE airs every Monday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WHCR 90.3 FM.

Please visit SCR webpage for more information. Find out how you can become involved with this powerful organization.

Whatever you do, do yourself a service and get to know this powerful woman of change. We salute you Iesha Sekou! We are honored to have you be a part of the #SurpriseTheStruggling Family!