Official 2019 IGNITE Office Space Contestant, Jacorea Taylor with I Am Whole
Year Established: 2018
Outreach Type: ADHD Awareness and Support
Give a brief history of your nonprofit’s story. Please include how and why it was established, and who has been involved.
As a child I grew up with ADD. I was very talkative and outgoing, and that always seemed to get me into trouble at school. My mother decided to try medication, to help with the problems that I was having at school. When I was on the medication, I was a totally different person, and when I wasn’t, the teacher’s knew. I also struggled with disorganization and focus at times. But when I was passionate about something, I stuck with it, no matter the cost.Throughout school I had many challenges and struggles and by the time I reached high school my mom and I decided to move away from the medication. So in my mind I grew out of my ADD. Years later, I had children of my own and they too began to struggle. They were diagnosed with ADHD and at that point I began to really look into what that meant. As I was seeking out help for them I began to realize that I had a lot of the symptoms, and I was confused at how I could possibly have ADHD because this was just for children. Along my journey with my children, I began to seek out ways to cope and manage my symptoms. After many years of my children having struggles in school and feeling like, there was something missing, I Am WHOLE was born. It is our mission to help spread awareness about ADHD and to help individuals with ADHD find their true passion and purpose and learn how to live a fulfilling life with ADHD.
What outreach or services does your nonprofit offer?
I Am WHOLE provides ADHD Awareness, support groups and services, and enrichment programs.
What is your ultimate goal for your nonprofit?
To make the world aware that there are many people living with ADHD and it is important to not only understand the struggles that these individuals face, but be willing to help join the movement, in implementing programs and services that will help enable these individuals to be successful.
-Jacorea Taylor, founder of I Am Whole