She's Helping Young Adults Achieve Academic Success
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Being able to read and write well might seem like a given if you’ve grown up with the education and tools to learn, but not everyone is so lucky. According to ProLiteracy, about “36 million adults in the U.S. don’t have basic reading, writing, and math skills above a third-grade level.” Candace Chambers is one woman who is helping to change that by providing educational tools to young adults who might not otherwise have access to proper resources.
Chambers is a teacher, a writer, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina. Her aim is to help kids from lower-income and marginalized communities become more proficient in academic skills, like essay writing, so that they can expand their potential and have more opportunities later in life.
“As a student, I enjoyed teachers who incorporated real-life occurrences in their lesson plans,” she tells CircleAround. “I also enjoyed teachers who established a personal connection with the students. In my courses, I strived to make a connection with each of my students by learning about their interests, their family members, their aspirations, along with their strengths and weaknesses in writing.”
Chambers has also created a series of small businesses centered on academic success. Her business Soar to Success, for example, includes college admissions prep courses. Her other company, Educational Writing Services, helps assist students and professionals with writing and editing, such as academic and business manuscripts, scholarship assistance, and essay editing strategies.
“Access to literacy education can bridge the gap of exposure for students to learn of pathways to reach dreams that they may have not known existed,” says Chambers.
Much of her motivation to build a small business empire comes from her own successes as a woman of color navigating the academic world. Her essay writing and compositions earned her over 1.3 million dollars in scholarships, assistantships, and grants. While in graduate school, Chambers also found satisfaction in helping other students. “Much of my work was one-on-one with students and professionals as I edited resumes, personal statements, grants, and dissertations.”
After publishing her first book, Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay, she realized she could provide people access to career and education strategies. She was invited to book signings, speaking engagements, and to host workshops on the topic of academic writing.
“The book truly catapulted my business to expand its reach nationwide, and assisted me in becoming an expert in my field,” she explains.
Chambers doesn’t know the exact number of students she’s impacted over the years, but the testimonials indicate people adore her and are finding success after high school. She’s making literacy accessible for many and continues to find new ways to innovate her businesses.