As an advocate, Angelyn’s philosophy emphasizes the importance of education, the development of self-advocacy, empowerment and communal involvement. She has served her community in various capacities, all of which share the common goal of engaging others in the process, educating herself and others, and creating partnerships which work towards the goals of the community.
As an instructor and facilitator, Angelyn uses humor, quick wit and a practical perspective to share her knowledge and to encourage those who are marginalized, disenfranchised and underrepresented to become advocates for themselves and their communities. She incorporates the use of discussion and interactive activities and assignments to supportively challenge participants to think outside of their comfort zone and discover ways to use their privilege to help those in need.
She truly enjoys the work she does at Angelyn Anderson Consulting, which allows her to work with organizations and companies to identify challenges within their communities; facilitate discussions as to how to address those challenges; and generate intentional, strategic interventions that lead to self empowerment and action.
Angelyn has earned degrees in Political Science and Educational Administration (both from Illinois State University), in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago, is a trained mediator and conflict coach. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Ethical Leadership at Olivet Nazarene University.
She currently resides in Chicago, serves as an instructor at DePaul University and Oakton Community College and actively serves the community as a member of various organizations including Chicago Volunteer Doulas, DuSable Museum and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
With 16 years’ experience bringing wellness education to children, families and educators, Adenia’s organic style – “teaching while playing” creates a dynamic dialogue about social and emotional
health, and its impact on our relationships. Both as a facilitator and speaker, Adenia challenges others to use non-violent communication tools and mindfulness techniques, to respond to their environment and improve outcomes in their personal lives and community projects.
Her clients include private and public schools throughout the Chicago area, as well as Heartland Alliance, Metropolitan Asian Family Services, Cicero School District and many other education and social services organizations.
With degrees in Social and Emotional Health from DePaul University and Youth Development from University of Illinois-Chicago, she is currently involved in ongoing education research in Chicago Public Schools.
Edwin “Sarge” Sargent is the product of East Saint Louis, Illinois. He has earned degrees from State Community College in East St. Louis (Associate in Arts in Social Work) and from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois (Bachelor of Science in Sociology).
Throughout his professional career, Edwin has been passionate about ensuring equitable access to skill development, job training and availability. He has a soft spot for assisting those considered at-risk and works to ensure they develop the skills necessary to contribute positively to society, their communities and their families.
Edwin began his professional experience in the Mental Health Profession as a Residential Treatment Specialist at The Babyfold in Normal, Illinois. He has also served as Lead Outreach Interventionist and School Youth Specialist as a part of a collaborative effort between Bloomington School District 87, United Way of McLean County and Project Oz. With this partnership, “Sarge” successfully created and sustained an intensive outreach program for high-risk students & co-created a student leadership group called the H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Progress and Excel) Program, which is currently housed at Bloomington High School. This program has also expanded into the Normal, Illinois Unit 5 School District. He has also worked in Career and Technical Education, as the Business & Community Liaison and SkillsUSA Sponsor for the Bloomington Area Career Center and the McLean –DeWitt Regional Vocational System. Currently, “Sarge” works in Property Management overseeing a partnership agreement with a local university.
“Sarge” enjoys his involvement in the community and currently volunteers his time and talents to numerous organizations including: the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Oakwood Business Association of Macon County, McLean County Community COMPACT, IHSA, and the Bloomington Center of the Performing Arts. He is currently an active member of the S.I.T. (Students Involved with Technology) Conference and the Illinois State University Black Colleagues Association (ISUBCA).