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Meet The Team

ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH WELLNESS!

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Executive Director/
Program Director:


Victor L Terry

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Born and raised in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Victor Terry experienced first-hand life’s curve balls being thrown at him at an early age. Terry’s mother was addicted to drugs, causing his grandparents to raise him. Through these experiences, Terry developed a profound passion for engaging youth in a positive light. After reading a news article about an 8 year old boy committing suicide because he was being bullied at his Elementary School, that inspired Mr. Terry to form Fly By Nature foundation.

The Youth Wellness non-profit organization is dedicated to empowering adolescents by building self-esteem, while improving youth's physical, mental and emotional health. Terry didn’t have as much as other kids his age, and encountered some forms of bullying throughout his years in D.C. public schools. He didn’t let those setbacks stop him, as he chose to surpass obstacles instead of succumbing to them something his grandfather instilled in him early on. “My inspiration comes from overcoming so many obstacles and adversities in life,” says Terry. “ I have always had the mindset to never give in and never quit.  I have been told that I have a mental toughness to triumph over anything. Through hard work and faith, I managed to turn my life around. 

 

Victor has done Therapeutic Mentoring as a Rehabilitation Coordinator for youth in the DC area. Implementing Individual Rehabilitation Plans provided by their Therapist.  

Victor is now a certified QPR Suicide Gatekeeper and Mental Health First Aider.  The Youth Wellness Program is addressing these issues at the Elementary and Middle School level that the CDC Youth Behavioral Survey areas of concern.

Victor has established a great  partnership with the Boys & Girls Club FBR of Greater Washington. Mr. Terry has received multiple awards from the Boys & Girls Club for his outstanding leadership & contributions. Mr. Terry was also awarded a Metro Distinguished Gentlemen Award in 2017.  

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Youth Behavioral Specialist:

Shakira Kelly

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Shakira Kelly was born and raised in Washington DC, ward 7 where she encountered many difficulties growing up in a community that glorifies violence and the destruction of future success. She practices the essence of resilience at an early age, learning to find different coping mechanisms to hide the pain of a drug addict family, incarcerated father and a never ending sense of uncertainty for her siblings. Enduring these hardships led Shakira on a journey to ending community generational cycles. She decided to further her education after high school, by attending Trinity Washington University, receiving a bachelors in Human Relations.

In 2012, Ms. Kelly’s best friend Selina Brown was murdered by her boyfriend while also causing life-threatening injuries to their child. Two years after that her oldest brother was murdered for retaliation while taking his children to school, and a year after, her step father died from a drug overdose. Shakira decided to focus on positive recovery for grievances of loved ones by attending therapy. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Advocacy in May of 2020. Through experiencing adversity gave Shakira strength and passion in wanting to create social change. Ms. Kelly dedicates her time to becoming a social entrepreneur focusing on childhood mental health issues. Her future endeavor is to open a Therapeutic Child development Center that aims at De-traumatizing children that have been through Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's).

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Child Development Specialist:
Onya Scarborough

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Onya Sheree Scarborough was born and raised in Washington DC and spent majority of her time living in Los Angeles California. She decided to go back to college after having her son Zachery Scarborough who was diagnosed with Asperger at 5 years old.

She decided to pursue a career in education to understand and help my son. She started off in my Educational journey working in an after school program called Springboard. She was placed at Kipp Shaw fell in love with it. As a teacher assistant, she loved working with children and assisting their needs. She then was offered a full time job working with the Literacy Lab through Americorp. She was able to help children with their literacy and getting back on grade level. There she learned how to collect data on students to figure out what the best method of teaching them how to read.

She then started working at Sasha Bruce which is a group home located in Washington, DC. She was given the position of on-site Residential Counselor. She helped teenage girls understand their importance in the world and I introduced them to new activities to expand their minds. I was then offered a job as a Residential Coordinator for Life Stride.  There she helped women who were treated for substance abuse and health issues. She then took the opportunity to work for Behavioral Education & Solutions as an ABA Therapist. This was an opportunity to work with kids with Behavioral Issues and collect data on them. As part of her responsibilities, she would make school & home visits for her clients. She has a sore spot for children that come from unbalanced homes or no home.

 

 Her vivid passion for Special Education landed her a position as the Para Professional Special Education Teacher at Langdon Elementary School. She worked at Langdon Elementary School for 3 years before transitioning back to Los Angeles California. She is currently working for WellNest as a Parent Partner on the Children Outreach Triage Team (COTT). She is responsible for helping Trauma Informed families. She is proud to serve with Fly By Nature Foundation as the Child Development Specialist. She wants all children to know that success has no boundaries.  

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Newest Team Members

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Education Advisor/
Program Manager:


Diona McLuscs

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S.T.E.M. Coordinator/
Program Manager:


Ogechi Onyewu

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Meet Our Youth Advisory Board

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Youth Member:

Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones is a vibrant 15 years old 9th grader. Naomi was born and raised in Washington, DC. She is currently a honor student with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Naomi first experience with bullying started when she was in Elementary School.

 

The bullying progressively worsened. Naomi had been trying to ignore it and suppressed her feelings about the traumatic bullying experiences because she was afraid of how her parents would react. Naomi was also very concerned of how she responded to being bullied. She was afraid that if she was caught fighting back to defend herself, that incident would be on her permeant record and would have an adverse effect on being selected by Colleges.

Naomi had a laser sharp focus on maintaining her 4.0 GPA and she visioned one day being able to select from a diverse company of Universities. This fear motivated her to avoid physical confrontation. The bullying continued in Middle School and quickly escalated. Her Mother was called in to discuss the bullying incidents. Although the mediation failed between Naomi and the girl she had those incidents with. One good outcome was Naomi and her Mother decided to receive therapy. After about 6 months of therapy sessions, Naomi's Mother described her experience as life altering and refreshing. Naomi described it as the best decision she has made in her life so far. Naomi is excited to join her close friend of the family Organization. She immediately felt the connection with Fly By Nature Foundation and the direction it is going. She hopes her lived experience with bullying and amplified voice have an impact on younger students that share those similar experiences. Naomi is an inspiring artist and hopes one day to sell her artwork in person and online. She hopes her creative expressions will inspire future generations of youth. 

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Youth Member:

Jamiah Allen

Jamiah Allen is a humble, kind and caring 15 year old 9th grader. Jamiah Allen was born and raised in Prince George’s County. She is currently a honor student with a 3.0 grade point average(GPA). Jamiah first experience with bullying started when she was in Middle School. Her best friend startup act weird towards her and gave her small answers whenever she asked her something. That activity went on for a few days and she realized  the verbal abuse was getting progressively worse. Jamiah decided one day to confront her about it. After confronting her she the conversion escalated and almost led to physical contact. 

 

One of her other friends started talking about her on social media spreading rumors. 

Those classmates that she thought was her friends started to talk about her behind her back. After months of trying to work things out, her interactions with her friends deteriorated. Jamiah started to get depressed because she felt lonely at school. She no longer had friends to talk too. She was scared to go to her parents about this situation. 

After her experience with bullying in Middle School, Jamiah is excited to join Fly By Nature Youth Advisory Board. She would like to be an inspiration to younger students and give them some encouraging words on how to stay positive during a conflict. 

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Youth Member:

Eris Aubrie Busey

Eris Aubrie Busey is a proud Washington, DC native and rising model and actress star! This twelve-year-old Commercial, Print and Runway Model has slayed many runways across the United States including but not limited to New York Fashion Week, Atlantic City Fashion Week, DC Fashion Week, Kids Fashion Week Network, and Indie Fashion Week DC. She is the founder of Eris Aubrie Busey Community Works Project and continues to organize various partnership opportunities with District of Columbia Child and Family Services and the District of Columbia Homeless Community. Inspired by Taraji P. Henson and Tyra Banks, Eris is a pillar of positivity and remains focused on her goal of becoming a future Academy Award winning actress and America's Next Top Model. Eris became a first time author in 2020 and is proud of her book debut, “Dad Gone”. When she is not on the runway or stage, she is an empathy leader and strives to maintain her honor roll status in school. She also enjoys traveling the world, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family.

One of her other friends started talking about her on social media spreading rumors. 

Those classmates that she thought was her friends started to talk about her behind her back. After months of trying to work things out, her interactions with her friends deteriorated. Jamiah started to get depressed because she felt lonely at school. She no longer had friends to talk too. She was scared to go to her parents about this situation. 

After her experience with bullying in Middle School, Jamiah is excited to join Fly By Nature Youth Advisory Board. She would like to be an inspiration to younger students and give them some encouraging words on how to stay positive during a conflict.