"Developing Athletes, On and Off the Court"
RASHIDA FORD serves as founder and Executive Director of P.O.P. Inc. With over 14 years of experience in youth leadership and development, Rashida has demonstrated an unyielding enthusiasm towards developing youth through high quality, purpose oriented programming.
At an early age, Ford became the Owner and Manager of NIA Training and Consultant Services (NTCS), a training and development company which specializes in team building and development workshops for both children and adults working in school settings. Additionally, she served as a celebrated Out of School Time Coordinator for a local East Baltimore school service provider, where she impacted the lives of students through parent engagement, academic enrichment, leadership development and civic engagement. Furthermore, she is a former National Ella Baker Trainer for the National Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, in addition to coordinating the program locally for over six years. She truly believes that every child is capable of achievement, and more importantly, that achievement looks differently for every child. She believes that it is the responsibility of the community to ensure that every child’s aspirations come to life, which is what she strives to do daily.
Rashida’s service to children not only extends through her non profit work, but also inside the classroom everyday in Baltimore City where she serves as a 7th grade teacher and Team Leader. She is a proud graduate of Morgan State University earning her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2012. Additionally, she is a member of the illustrious, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently enrolled at Loyola University of Maryland, pursuing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.