Alumna Spotlight: Shatovia Irvings

Shatovia Irvings, the new regional director of Project Rousseau in Virginia, began working with Project Rousseau in January 2011. Before joining Project Rousseau’s administrative team, Shatovia was a mentee herself. Andrew Heinrich was her mentor in high school. When asked about her experience as a mentee, Shatovia responded “If it wasn’t for Project Rousseau, graduation from high school would have been unlikely…Andrew motivated me to be determined about my work, and inspired me to be successful. Since I was little I always had big dreams, but I didn’t have enough confidence to tell myself that I will make my dreams come true. Andrew helped me with that.” “As soon as I met Shatovia, I had to work with her. She is intelligent and compassionate, but she had so many obstacles that were impediments to her success,” explained Andrew, Shatovia’s mentor. Shatovia has worked very hard to improve achieve her goals.  As her mentor explained, “Tovie [as her friends call her] and I have learned so much from each other. She has made incredible progress, and I am very proud of her.” Shatovia Irvings, the new regional director of Project Rousseau in Virginia, began working with Project Rousseau in January 2011. Before joining Project Rousseau’s administrative team, Shatovia was a mentee herself. Andrew Heinrich was her mentor in high school. When asked about her experience as a mentee, Shatovia responded “If it wasn’t for Project Rousseau, graduation from high school would have been unlikely…Andrew motivated me to be determined about my work, and inspired me to be successful. Since I was little I always had big dreams, but I didn’t have enough confidence to tell myself that I will make my dreams come true. Andrew helped me with that.” “As soon as I met Shatovia, I had to work with her. She is intelligent and compassionate, but she had so many obstacles that were impediments to her success,” explained Andrew, Shatovia’s mentor. Shatovia has worked very hard to improve achieve her goals.  As her mentor explained, “Tovie [as her friends call her] and I have learned so much from each other. She has made incredible progress, and I am very proud of her.”   One day right before her high school graduation, Shatovia told her mentor that she wanted to become a Project Rousseau mentor in college. She explained that she was excited to have the same impact on another young person’s life that her mentor had on her. “I will always remember the day when Tovie told me she wanted to mentor in college,” Andrew said. “I was so moved by her compassion for other underserved high school students, and I am thrilled that some high school student in Virginia will get to benefit from her guidance and friendship.” Shatovia started Project Rousseau’s VUU Chapter in January 2012. Shatovia, 19, will begin her sophomore year at Virginia Union University in the Fall. She is a biology major and pre-med. Her extracurricular activities include playing the guitar and dancing. Project Rousseau is inspired by Shatovia’s success, and excited to see her lead Project Rousseau in Virginia!