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Victor L. Terry
Executive Director / Program Director

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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Onya Scarborogh
Child Development Specialist

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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Diona McLucas
Education Advisor / Program Manager

In her 22 years as an educator in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, Diona McLucas has been privileged to work with students, teachers and families in a variety of K-12 settings.  She has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, Saturday School Principal, Student Support Services Coordinator, Curriculum Development Writer, and Instructional Coach. Currently, Diona serves as a Literacy Coach for an elementary school in DC Public Schools. She is a proud Native Washingtonian with a demonstrated track record of success with students labeled as “at-risk” or “underachieving”. Diona attributes the use of high expectations, love and patience to be central in her success with students. Identified as a Highly Effective, Master Educator, she passionately believes in the integration of quality social emotional learning with rigorous, relevant instructional experiences to truly educate the whole child. It is Diona’s goal to use her professional knowledge, experience, and expertise to advocate for all children and families in all school communities to receive a quality education that is truly student-centered and meets the varied needs of all of our children.

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Ogechi Onyewu
S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator / Program Manager

As the S.T.E.A.M. Program Manager for Fly By Nature Foundation, Ogechi identifies, develops, and designs STEAM curriculum including the following passion projects: Cyber Security, Ethical Hacking, Gaming, Virtual & Physical Robotics Development & Programming, Science & Math Tutoring & Mentoring Programs.

 

Ogechi works in IT with over 15 years' experience as a Technical Lead/Senior Analyst. She also works part time as a STEM Tutor specializing in tutoring Mathematics, Accounting, and General Chemistry.
 

Ogechi graduated from Bowie State with a B.S. in Applied & Computational Mathematics and is a proud Bowie State (Go Bulldogs!) Alumni and was started her STEM career as a Math tutor and Research Fellow
In her spare time, Ogechi enjoys eating exotic food, weight training, and cultivating her other passion project which is developing her health and wellness company.

Ogechi believes it doesn’t matter where you start but where you finish. Life is full of endless possibilities and people are capable of more than most realize!  Curiosity and the willingness to learn are keys to untapped brain power. She wants to bring that energy to Fly By Nature’s STEM Programs.

 

Ogechi is motivated to work with Fly By Nature Foundation because of their health and wellness approach to teaching which develops life skills and provides balance to our youth.

She sees the future vision for Art and Technology’s impact on the world. She is working to share this knowledge and expose today’s youth and future generation to burgeoning fields in STEAM to help prepare them for their future as prime decision makers in the world.

 

BOARD RECUITMENT

We are looking for a few compassionate candidates to serve a 2 year term on the Fly By Nature governing board. This is an opportunity to have a positive influence and impact on DC area k-12th graders.

MEET OUR

Youth Advisory Board

 
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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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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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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. 

Interested in Becoming a Youth Advisor?