As a result of working with me, teens are more productive and more accountable, complete the tasks that they start, have improved academic performance, experience more positive attitudes, and build healthier relationships.
Are you asking yourself, “Where do I belong?” “Who sees me?” “Who hears me?” “Do I really matter?” Do you find yourself getting easily irritated and frustrated? Do you lose yourself in social media because you just don’t want to face the world? Or, are you feeling isolated and disconnected, like nobody cares? Sometime you might even feel like you want to just disappear. Do you feel like you are a failure and are questioning what’s the sense of doing school work? I can help you. You do not have to do this alone.
You might look at me and say, “But Ms. Ann, you have it all together. How could you possibly understand what I’m going through?” What you need to know is that when I migrated to the USA, I felt so alone. Everything was new, different, and strange, even the food. I felt like an oddball. I did not fit in with my family at home, nor did I fit in with my peers at school. I was made fun of all the time. I did not fit in at my mother’s house, nor at my father’s house either. It was a very difficult time for me. I felt helpless, hopeless, and invisible.
Maybe you are a teen who was born in the United States or maybe you were not. Either way, you feel disconnected, like you just don’t fit in and nobody is loyal to you, nobody cares. You feel left alone to navigate this big scary world by yourself. I get it! I was that teenager. I understand! I will work with you to feel better about yourself, start to build connections in your spaces, and to feel hopeful about your life. I will help you discover the genius in you that the world is waiting for. Let me be your guide.
We are an agency that provides residential and community based mental health services to a diverse group of people that live in Hennepin, Dakota, Anoka and Ramsey County. We hired Ann to do a training for our agency on Diversity. Ann has a genuine, approachable and passionate style in presenting. She was engaging and the training was interactive. She approached the topic of privilege, which can illicit discomfort in an audience, in an open and non-threatening manner. She was able to use humor and honestly in sharing her own background and cultural experiences. She led us through powerful exercises that still come up today on our teams. Because those seeds were planted, we continue to challenge ourselves and keep cultural awareness at the forefront of our work. Thank you, Ann,!
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I definitely feel as though I met my Personal Learning Goals! This class was so beneficial and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take it. I must admit, I was cautious at the beginning if it was going to relate to my life or my students, but I was pleasantly surprised and wrong because I have learned SO much! I have been impacted greatly on the world, different classes and what some of the people in my life are going through. I will continue to use this information as well as pass it on to my assistant so she can better our students as well.
Ann was a great asset to our leadership team as we navigated change and the development of new elements for our preschool program. She helped us think about everything from logistics, marketing, community outreach, staff development, and many, many other important areas. Our time spent with her was always valuable as she helped us develop our own path to success.
Mrs. Ann Dillard is an angel from above who was sent down to save the youth and heal our black families! We love her with every fiber in our bodies!
Ann has the warmth, smarts, courage, and humor to heal relationships. She's committed to nurturing wellness and has a deep respect for her clients' culture and strengths. I've had the pleasure of knowing Ann for over six years and would recommend her to individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. Atlanta is blessed to have this healer in their community!
Ms. Ann has been a grounding force for our son. She is like the giant willow in the yard...flexible, calming, meditative, confident. Thank you for all you have done for him. He misses you! (We all do!) - love from Minnesota
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