We had the good fortune of connecting with Tierra McCutcheon Raper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tierra, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength. the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” Harriet Tubman I love this quote because I am very passionate about Power House Dollz! When I get discouraged I am reminded of the strength I have to make a difference in our community! I will succeed and strive for greatness!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m the founder and president of the 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, Power House Dollz. The organization was established on August 6, 2014, in Waco, Texas. We now serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Power House Dollz’s mission focuses on empowering young girls of all ethnicities between the ages of 4 to 17. Our desire is to make a life-changing impact on young girls by providing monthly workshops that focus on building self-esteem and leadership skills. These workshops are designed to help young ladies grow into the beautiful DOLLs (Determined, Obedient, and Lovely Leader) they are, and to love themselves inside and out. We strive to lead by example, teaching basic principles to help them focus on education, career choices, pursuing their dreams, and the importance of voluntarism. What sets us apart from others, is that we start as early as four years old to build up their self-confidence. I am where I am today because of prayer and support. I recognize, you can’t do this by yourself. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing worth having comes easy.” I believe this quote wholeheartedly. Though I faced several challenges while launching this organization, I can say with full confidence that it was all worth it. It was worth working full-time, raising two children as a single parent, and staying up late to organize prep, and run this organization. I did have to close the Waco mentorship branch due to lack of time, but even that turned out to be a blessing. I met and networked with so many amazing people who I keep in touch with. One major lesson I have learned around the way is: patience is a virtue. Nothing comes without challenges, however, it’s important to take those challenges and respond the right way so you can overcome them. I want the world to know what an amazing program this is. Our children are our future, so we must give them the tools and resources needed to promote their self-esteem and confidence.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a special shout out to a few people. First is my cousin Terrance! At the time, Terrance was the programming supervisor at the Bledsoe Miler. He made sure my mentorship program started in our hometown of Waco by providing space to host our meetings and I eventually branched out to the DFW metroplex. My second shoutout goes to my cousins Rishard and Tiy. They were at every workshop and made sure I had the help that I needed. To my Aunt Linda, she was my photographer and cooked all the meals needed for the “Dollz!” A big shout out to my mentors Kim, Stephanie, Clarissa, and Cynthia who currently help me with the Fort Worth location and a big THANK YOU to all of the parents and beautiful Dollz for supporting my organization!!!!
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