Green Tie Event: Tonight is the Night!

Written by Taria Person
Welcome to SEEED’s Weekly Voice! Tonight, June 8th from 6-8PM, the students of the Career Readiness Program will cross the graduation stage beginning the next journey of their careers. During the event,  there will be entertainment from local artists Joshua Outsey, The Dixion Family, Taria Person: The Realest Person, and one of the soon to be graduates, Sean Brown a.k.a Rodman.
At the Green Tie Event, testimonies and highlights will be shared of the students engaging with people in Knoxville communities, food and beverages will be served, and a good time will be experienced, one that these young individuals will have as a lasting memory. Each student has worked hard via breaking the canvassing record this year, knocking on over 500 doors; now it’s time to celebrate their accomplishments! We really hope to see you there tonight!
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, go to or call SEEED @ (865) 766-5185 to show your support for the continuous drive towards “creating pathways out of poverty for young adults.” Until next time, keep growing!

Knoxville! Come be Fly in your Green Tie!

Written by Taria Person
Welcome back to SEEED’s Weekly Voice! It’s almost time for this semesters Green Tie event–a graduation for young adults, ages 16-28 within SEEED’s Career Readiness Program. The event will be located at the Overcoming Believers Church, next Thursday June 8, 2017. We are extremely proud of the Spring Class of 2017. They assisted in a successful turnout for the Morningside Job fair, due to knocking on more than 500 doors.
Please help us congratulate our students, and celebrate the continuous journey of “creating pathways out of poverty” for these young and excellent individuals. There will be food and beverages, entertainment, and the rest, are you will have to witness front row and center! Tell everyone you know, we can’t wait to see you all. Until next time, keep growing!
Green Tie Event
June 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00PM
@ OBC located at 211 Harriet Tubman St, Knoxville, TN 37915

Career Readiness: Practicing Environmental Literacy

Written by Taria Person

This past Tuesday, I went to Concerts on the Square in Market Square, which was phenomenal by the way. While I was sitting, I saw an older gentleman carrying starter plant, so I said, “Oooh starter plants. What kind of plants are they?” His response was that they were tomato plants he was selling. I was in awe and extremely ecstatic to see another individual in Knoxville passionate about environmental literacy.

Soon after, the man was waltzing through the audience of people sharing more knowledge of what’s he had and why. It was a beautiful experience to witness! It had me wondering, how do we continue to share environmental literacy with our communities? What are our personal contributions to environmental literacy within our communities? Think about it and help out today. Until next time keep growing!

Career Readiness: What’s your Pathway out of Poverty?

Written by Taria Person

Welcome back to another week of SEEED’s Weekly Voice. This week we’re sharing a personal narrative from Career Readiness graduate, Taria Person. Comment and share your personal stories with us here at SEEED Knox!

When I was in the Career Readiness Program, a life changing statement came to me in the form of graffitied-etchings in the margins of my notebook. The repetitive bolded phrase was, “Start Today!” So there I am, chuckling to myself, during the Time Management class about consistent, active movement in my career.

Honestly, who is as passionate about your vision as you are? Nothing is impossible, but who sees your vision the way you see it? Who will do what it takes to make your dream tangible?

There are many facets of poverty–financial, spiritual, mental, physical, and many times it’s hard to work on one when others overlap.
For myself, it was a hard realization to face, but definitely a necessary one. A couple of months ago, I dwelled on my past and all that I’ve done, that should have me here and there, and the words came in an influx; however, Stan Johnson, Director of SEEED, asked me to do the Past | Present | Future exercise.

Stan had me write down everything that was holding me back from my past, the present, which was usually spent on what happened or what I wanted to happen, followed by the anxiety of not knowing what’s in the future.  I’m not perfect and none of us are, but we do have the power to reroute our journey, pause and pick back up where we left off. Go ahead and ask yourself right now, “What am I doing TODAY to find my pathways out of poverty?” Remember to Start Today! Until next time keep growing.

Career Readiness: Applying the Skills

Written by Taria Person
Last week, our group of passionate students within the Career Readiness Program, applied life and job skills at several community events. Some of those events were the Morningside Job Fair, canvassing for the job fair, People in the Garden: Healthy Food Fair, and a visit to Master Dry.
Thursday April 27, The Morningside Job Fair consisted of 16 companies and 140 job seekers. One company hired 45 people on the spot! Our CRP students used their experience while participating in this fair, and volunteering to ensure the success of the event.
Sunday April 30, we had the People in the Garden: Healthy Food Fair at SEEED Knox. People in the community enjoyed healthy food samples, cookbooks, saw our finished greenhouse, received seeds and plants, gardening literacy and learned about the mission of SEEED.
At Master Dry, the students were inspired by owner, Josh Smith’s words of inspiration, while touring the facility. Special thanks to Mr. Smith and Master Dry’s Community Ambassador, Kathryn Ann Holt, for hosting the event for our students.
If you missed the events from last week, don’t worry there will be more to come. Please comment and share your thoughts with us here at SEEED Knox.
Until next time, keep growing!

Morningside Job Fair at SEEED

Written by Taria Person 

This Thursday, Save our Sons and SEEED Knox will host the Morningside Job Fair, which several companies will attend. SEEED and Save our Sons have been dedicated to making sure that young individuals in the community of Knoxville have access to information and resources for a successful future.
Many of the Career Readiness students expressed their excitement about the job fair, and how it’s a great opportunity to showcase skills they have obtained from program. “I feel like I’m ready, because SEEED has equipped me with the resources”, Makaylen Roserie stated (2017 student of Career Readiness Program).
This event is open to the community, so we hope to see you there! The job fair will be April 27, 2017 at 6:00PM-8:00PM at 1617 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915.
The job fair will provide:
  • Hiring on the spot
  • Career opportunities
  • Jobs for ex-offenders
  • Background checks
  • Resume building
  • FREE pizza!
We can’t wait to see you all. Until next time, keep growing!

Healthy Food Comes to the Career Readiness Program

Written by Taria Person

This past Wednesday, Sarah Wharton, soil scientist and educator of healthy eating workshop, did a presentation and answered  the questions of many of our students. The students began to tell own stories related to food and health issues, or what they knew about the subject.
A slide from the continued presentation, read:
The Plant-Based Diet
  • Mostly whole plant foods, less  meat and dairy, and even processed foods
  • Prevents and reverses obesity, heart disease diabetes and cancer because plant foods have phytonutrients with major health power
  • Meat, dairy, and processed food have been shown to increase the rates of health problems and disease
She continued expressing various ways of incorporating plant-based diets into their lifestyles, and healthier options for preparation and cooking. The classroom was an aroma of sweet potato black bean burgers, veggies, and other fun, healthy snacks.
By the way, the burgers were incredible! Let us all thank Sarah Wharton for bringing this knowledge to our students and community. Until next time, keep growing!

Career Readiness: Tips on Organizing

SEEED’s Weekly voice – April 5, 2017

Career Readiness: Tips on Organizing
Written by Taria Person

Last week we discussed tips on résumé building, and how to look more appealing to an employer. This week we are delving into a few ways to get and maintain organization in our day to day lives. The skills that we will discuss are:

  • Creating a schedule
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Being creative/having fun

Let’s get organized!

Making a schedule for yourself is a great way to track what, when, where, why, and sometimes how, you are doing at specific times or periods throughout the day and week. It was stated from some CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, that If you break your schedule into 15 minute increments, it helps with productivity. Give it a try!

Time management
Sometimes it’s easy to find ourselves on Snapchat or Instagram, when we are supposed to get tasks done. I know about this, oh so well!

When getting organized and managing time, prioritizing our tasks and time is another important thing to consider. For instance, If you have eight hours and eight things on your to-do-list, prioritizing is a must.

Multitasking and setting realistic goals, are other aspects that ensure getting more things accomplished within the time we possess. It’s important to give adequate amount of time for our tasks, and to remain realistic, not to set ourselves up for failure.

This one may look out of place, but think about it…if you do not communicate your schedule with your employer or family, what will happen?

It is important to communicate effectively to develop the skills of organization, creating schedules, and time management. Remember, they all work together!

Be creative
This process does not have to be boring. When getting organized there are many ways to make the experience creative and/or fun.

  • Color coordination
  • Fonts
  • Decorative filing

Think about your style and get organized!

Until next time, keep growing.

Career Readiness: 4 Tips for Resume Building

Written by Taria Person


Are you trying to land your dream job or a summer job, and need to build a resume? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes
creating a resume can be an intimidating experience—especially with all of the resume rules out there.

And even though the process may be intimidating, there are a few things to considerable for ensuring that you are a competitive

  1.  Have a professional email
  2.  Under employment history, list most recent job first
  3.  Use power words
  4.  List your accomplishments

1) Have a Professional Email – This should not be distracting to the interview process and/or get in the way of getting you employment. Let’s use the email address ( as an example. In a lot of cases we need money to survive and/or sustain our lifestyles, so the employer may understand the importance of getting money, but this email address may not be the best for a job application.

Consider using an email with your first and last name like: ( or ( or any other variation of a professional email.

2) List Recent Job History First – Employers want to see the most recent job history on your resume. Knowing the tasks and responsibilities of recent/current employment allows for a better assessment of what you would be able to contribute to the company, now.

3) Power Words are great ways to show confidence in your resume, which can set you apart from other candidates. It is also a deliberate way of expressing why you should be hired! Using power words is compelling way to concisely describe who you are and shows some of your capabilities.

Just a little secret: Some times, looking at the job description will reveal the type of language and interests of the employer. Here are a
few for when you start…

  • Trained
  • Built
  • Developed
  • Managed
  • Engaged
  • Increased
  • Advanced
  • Applied
  • Collaborated

Using power words on your resume, says that you are sure of what you have to offer and shows accomplishments.

4) List your Accomplishments – Sometimes it can be easy to forget, or undermine our remarkable work. But if you don’t list your accomplishments, who will? Take a moment and think about every accomplishment you have received at work. List everything from employee of the month to top 5 in sales. Do not sleep on your greatness and/or what you bring to table. Share it!

If you still need help with your resume or the interview process, keep checking into SEEED’s Weekly Voice for tips; but before I go, I want to leave you with a tip I learned from a professor.

While in college, one of my professors used to say, “Google it!” whenever we had to research anything. Keep researching—Google it!

I hope these tips help you. Until next time, keep growing!

SEEED’s Weekly Voice – March 22, 2017

Written by Taria Person


While in the Career Readiness program, guest speaker DaVett Jones, shared useful tools, tips, and skills for financial sustainability. Reflecting on the class and personal application of a lot of the information presented, I’m thinking, “Wow! This is great information, and more young individuals should have access to this info.”

I view her as a financial mentor ensuring that young adults have resources to create pathways out of poverty.

1) What inspired the vision of “Who taught you to be broke?”

I learned the intricacies of financial services industry from my mentor Ali Swofford but I learned to make it relatable from Mellody Hobson- Lucas. I first seen her on CBS This Morning giving financial tips. When I looked her up and found a video called “UnBroke.” It was a very fun and brilliant way of presenting financial topics. She used actors and popular culture to make the information interesting and memorable. I pattered my style after Mellody.  I didn’t want to talk over people’s heads.  I wanted to make these very complicated topics transparent and comprehensible.

2) What is your contribution to SEEED’s Career Readiness Program?

What do you like most about your contributions? I want to share financial tips and tools to help the new “Seeedlings” maximize their income and be better prepared in their financial future.  Discussing tips like saving and budgeting to better prepare them for investing and retirement.

3) What advice would you give young adults entering the next (CRP)?  

You are the CEO of you. Always remember to pay yourself first!