“I've always had a passion for helping youth and families transition through life, because I truly believe everyone could use support despite zip code and income levels,” says Courtnie Coble McIntosh, founder and CEO of The Academy of Goal Achievers. “I started The Academy of Goal Achievers because I did not want any student feeling powerless due to lack of information.”
McIntosh knows the pressure that can create first-hand. It wasn’t until her senior year of high school that she began thinking about college. She typed into Google “how to get into college” and it was recommended that she visit her guidance counselor freshman year. She went into East Mecklenburg High School asking to meet with her guidance counselor, but found the process extremely overwhelming.
She persevered and continued with the recommendations from Google and was accepted to Virginia State University. McIntosh began her freshman year and learned the value of leadership and professional development. She realized getting to college was a big deal, but staying and completing college was a whole different challenge.
During her winter break freshman year a family member gave her $5 and said, "Don't act like you don't need it. You're the one who chose to go to college." Those words broke her heart. She thought her family member should be proud of her, but instead made her feel as if going to college was the dumbest decision.
In that moment, Courtnie realized support is a key factor in life when achieving goals.
“Sometimes the hand on your back has to be your own, pushing you forward,” she says.
Fast forward to present day, a college graduate with a degree in psychology, McIntosh is wrapping up her second year with the Academy of Goal Achievers to develop youth leaders from that impact communities while also preparing them for postsecondary careers. If you are interested in registering a student, volunteering, donating or would like to learn more about the organization visit www.taogainc.org