Shakina Milledge is the founder of FIYA Inc. having started of the firm, having started it with an ideal culture of helping the youth to deal with different issues that revolve around their life. Through FIYA, she is able to impactful not only an individual’s lifestyle, but also influences the various ways that society views different youth choices and understanding the very changing cultural trends that exist in the dynamic youth groups.
1. What does your role at FiYa Inc. entail?
As a founder of the organizational and a board member, my main objectives are to ensure that the organization is achieving its intended goals and that policies are develop with helping the youth understand who they are and acknowledge that nothing is wrong with their physical appearance.
2. As a director do you encounter hostile youth, if yes, how do you deal with the hostile youths?
Instead of the word hostile, I prefer to use the word aggressive, with the aggression being aimed at the wrong aspects or people in society. Yes I do encounter aggressive youth which makes the job harder but at the same time satisfactory when am able to redirect the aggression to productive aspects of society. In dealing with aggressive youth, I choose to identify their preferred fields of interest and help them in direct that aggressive attitude towards them, which helps them to do something constructive and deal with their aggression in an effective manner.
3. When did you decide that devoting your time to the youth was important?
I once had this client who was not sure of what they wanted to do with their image, since they wanted something different to what they friends and parents were proposing. As a cosmetologist, you are able to notice the protest of client’s top different styles and make ups, and when the client is shy and they are not able to express what they want, they are left to the choices made by them by other people. This motivated me to help people to gain the confidence to state what they wanted.
4. What systems has the government put in place to facilitate with your services to community?
The government has neared that when help is required, we get the help of law enforcement authorities while at the same time, our input when it comes to social work is always utilize in the development and implementation of different policies. From time to time, we do get government grants which help us with the financial burden that we bear.
5. As a director, which are the things that you are always looking out for to improve within your organization?
One of the things am always looking to improve is how we relate and understand cultural trends within different youths groups since this helps in improving service delivery.
6. Do you consider the relationship between the family and the community when making a decision on the way forward to incorporate within your program?
Family is the core unit of the society, ad this means that it forms the basis of how the organization operates. For the organization to have an impact on society, it has to convince family units to accept divergent behaviors and opinions which increase accepts. We find that, a child is more comfortable if they are accepted by their family rather than when society accepts them, but there family does not accept their real identity or opinion. So we work with the family unit in mind.
7. Is there any special situation that has stuck with you, or made a mark on your life?
My fist case of child having an argument with their family has always stuck with me. I will always remember how the client did not want to have make-up on as a girl, but when the client sat down; they requested to have a haircut and also have some boyish styles done. This surprised the parent and they did not get to have the makeup done since the parent was adamant she was not paying for the service. This motivated me to start the organization and to indulge in educating people in accepting there image and who they are.
8. Given the opportunity, to speak freely, what would you tell colleagues on the way forward in your career?
Honestly, I always speak freely and regrettably sometimes am bullish, I always ask my colleagues to forget what they believe in and ensure that the youth’s opinions are their main goals and to ensure that they are able to listen to the youth and understand what they are telling them. At times the youth will speak their interest directly and at times it’s in code.
9. Which family values do you think most families should embrace and what would be the easiest way of embracing them?
Unity and tolerance; these are pretty simple to embrace since it means being supportive of each other irrespective of the divergent views.
10. Where do you want your career to lead you to, and how are you going about to achieve this?
For now I have no career growth plans, but in future, I want to reach a wider population margin. To achieve this, we are engaging different organizations and societies in ensuring that we can grow to have a bigger impact.