Facilitators Spotlight: Keyana Hawthrone and Monique Mapp
Keyana E. Hawthorne is a native of Milwaukee, WI. She has been with Growing Up Knowing since its inception. She has assisted with the development and adaptations of the organization’s curriculums, she facilitates all programs, and serves as the organizations lead facilitator trainer. Keyana holds a degree in Business Administration, and for the past seven years she has used it to serve as the Executive Director of Poindexter Park After School Club, a youth enrichment program based in Jackson MS, and as an educator for the Jackson Public School System. Keyana is a published author, singer/entertainer, artist, theater/performance coach, National AmeriCorps volunteer, and youth advocate. She is a woman who loves to empower and inspire the world around her. Keyana believes in Growing Up Knowing and has dedicated herself to the organizations mission with passion and dedication
Monique Mapp has been a facilitator and trainer with Growing Up Knowing since its inception. She believes in the mission of the program and strives to make every session as fun and informative as possible. Monique has facilitated every level of the program but favors the Tween Talk curriculum the most. She believes that her experience with older children helps her to make connections with the participants and dig deeper into the topics. Monique also enjoys working with parents to foster skills of communication and training GUK facilitators to become more engaging and involved.
Outside of GUK, Monique is an instructional assistant at Sykes Elementary School and an assistant director of Poindexter Park After School Program. She has over 15 years of experience in managing youth serving organizations.
She also has an Associate of Arts in business and finance management. She is currently in school pursuing her Bachelors of Arts in business with a 2021 completion date.
In her spare time, she finds enjoyment in painting, reading, writing and spending time with her blended family (5 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 puppies). Monique is currently working on her first children’s book with hopes of releasing it in 2021