Latoya Johnson is a living example of overcoming adversity and excelling in life. At the age of 16, she found herself homeless and learned quickly how to fend for herself. She learned there were people out there who were willing to help and guide her in the right direction. Strangers gave Latoya access to resources she never knew existed. It was the kindness of strangers that helped shape her into the women she is today.
Latoya is a successful entrepreneur and founder the Village of Becoming, a nonprofit that encourages underprivileged and homeless teens to achieve their goals. Through Village of Becoming, Latoya helps prepare young adults to become productive citizens by providing housing, work, and a learning environment where they feel challenged, respected, and accountable. She wants teens to know they have support so they can strive to meet the demands of adulthood.
“Good things happen to good people,” ~Latoya
Latoya provides a story of celebration and inspiration. She learned early on in her life “good things happen to good people.” She shares her vision that makes an impact by changing the dynamic of young people’s lives. She is passionate about wanting everyone to succeed and is always grateful for what she has.
Latoya’s dedication to make a difference in the lives of young people has trickled down to everyone around her. She puts an enormous amount of time and energy into helping people succeed. She says, “people aren’t their circumstances. If you can persevere, overcome adversity and you have somebody that can guide you or walk you through the door, your life could change, and you can become anything you want to become!”
Latoya is also a mother, entrepreneur, business development manager, real estate agent, and the founder of Village of Becoming. She has committed her career to being an active as a volunteer, mentor, and board member non-profit boards.