Shawntá Pulliam took a traumatic childhood, affected by parental drug addiction and incarceration, and turned it around for good. After expulsion from the 10th grade, Shawntá was enrolled in Catholic alternative education where she worked diligently to graduate on time, coming in early to study and staying late for extra help. She emerged as valedictorian of her senior class and attended Gannon University. However, Shawntá’s unhealed wounds resulted in risky behavior, bad relationship choices, and ultimately a nervous breakdown, where she received just $500 a month from social security and was given a one-bedroom apartment in the projects.
Shawntá began to confront her past, acknowledge her wrongs, forgive, built a real relationship with God and reclaimed her soul. She began a promising career with G.E.Transportation but still had an unfulfilled passion to help at-risk girls, as she once was.
In 2006, her vision came to fruition when she founded Nurturing Hearts, a self-esteem and self-development non-profit organization for girls, whose mission is to provide supportive leadership and life skills that will furnish and prepare girls 10-18 for a bright and positive future.