Overview

Tomorrow's Journey utilizes a simple concept, the use of art and cultural awareness, to inspire elementary,middle and high school aged girls to step outside of their comfort zones to seriously look at perceived barriers to reaching their full potential. They will learn through the use of our culturally responsive curriculum model, "Healthy Decision Making" and "My Black is Beautiful". This curriculum delivers information and activities to help young girls appreciate their history, culture and contributions of their ancestors, thereby building their self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence.

 

Tomorrow's Journey is a Learn and Earn business. Academic enrichment and incentives complement class activities. The Owner, Educational Consultant and Trainer has high expectations, reasonable but high of the girl participants.

 

Tomorrow's Journey has been in existence since 2014 and has served 100 (elementary, middle and high school) students. Students are served on a continuum. All students are expected to participate with no interruptions for the entire school year and no new students can enter mid-term to allow for consistency in the delivery of the curriculum and ensure students have the opportunity to learn.

 

I've done my research but more importantly, I have learned by life experiences that there is a strong correlation between self- esteem and student achievement, and as a educator and counselor, I believe it is my duty to not only ensure students are reaching their potential academically, but that they are also comfortable and confident in their own skin. It's about educating the whole child. So, when a student enter at the beginning of the school year and she attends on a regular basis, engage in all activities, complete all assignments, show respect and responsibility, and she stays until the end of the school year, I consider her to be dedicated and motivated in striving to reach her full potential.

Our Facilitator & Trainer

Gloria J. Fluker

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin

and culture, is like a

tree without roots."

Marcus Garvey

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“You don’t make progress by standing on the sideline, whimpering and complaining. 

You make progress

by implementing ideas."

Shirley Chisholm

Gloria J. Fluker was born in Grand Prairie, Texas and at age 12 she moved to Los Angeles, California. She moved to Eugene, Oregon after being recruited to attend college at the University of Oregon, where she earned both her Master of Science degree in Counseling and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

 

Fluker moved to Portland, Oregon and spent 22 years in the field of corrections as a Juvenile and Adult Parole and Probation Officer for the State of Oregon and Multnomah County Community Corrections. In this capacity, she gained extensive experience in helping clients in defining and identifying problems and developing practical solutions in an effort to decrease recidivism. While employed for the County she was instrumental in the development of the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Diversion Program and the African American Male Program.  Also, at this time, she became the Founder and Director of Youth Unlimited, Inc. A program that engaged youth in research, writing, peer education and video production. Focus, primarily prevention strategies which prevent or delay early sexual activity, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted diseases. The youth involved produced three educational mini video dramas and two Public Service Announcements (PSA’s). The productions were chosen to be shown in its entirety to the public at the Northwest Film Center. Furthermore, this experience created a platform for Fluker to design and implement the Healthy Decision Making and Self-esteem/Self-Identity workshops. She responded to calls from the  University of Oregon Young Scholars Program, George Middle School, Portland Camp Fire Boys & Girls, Emanuel Hospital & Project Network female adolescent project (contractual demonstration grant), Regional Drug Initiative, and other youth service organizations.  

 

To stay connected to the community, Fluker serve (ed) on numerous committees and boards. Which include: Black Education Achievement Movement (BEAM), Portland Parent Union Board, Black Women for Peace Committee, Community Supporting Youth Collaborative, Faubion School/Concordia University Design Advisory Group member,  Portland Urban League Education Committee, Coalition of Communities of Color, Healing Roots Center Advisory Board, Multnomah County Corrections Cultural Diversity Committee, HIV Prevention Planning Committee, HEP-C Planning Committee, Minority AIDS Coalition ,African American Health Coalition, Male Involvement Task Force Steering Committee, Concordia Neighborhood Association, and Faubion and Benson PTA member.

 

Fluker has received awards and certificates from the following: University of Oregon Young Scholars Program Spirit of Sankofa Award, Three NW Young People Film and Video Festival Awards, JC Penny Community Merit Award, National Healthy Start-Grantee Award, HIV/AIDS Planning Grantee Award; Multnomah County Health Grant; Portland State University Non-profit Leadership Fellows Certificate. Further, she was listed as a role model in the Portland, Oregon Public School Career/Technical Directory.

 

As a lover of poetry, music, dance, and drama, she is dancing into the future as a Creative Entrepreneur with her first book of poetry, Straight from the Hearth: A Collection of Thoughts”  a short story “The Parole Officer and the Intruder,” a curriculum, Healthy Decision Making and My Black  is Beautiful and a Youth Leadership Development Training Manuel and Facilitor Guide. Her poetry was published by the National Library Of Poetry; she was  elected into the International Poetry Hall of Fame and  she was selected and invited to the Annual International Society of Poets Convention and Symposium held in Washington ,D.C., where she was asked to present her work and to receive a Poet of Merit Award Medallion and Award Plaque.

 

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