Shonda Brooks

Shonda is the founder of The Need2Read Program, Inc., which offers a weekly literacy program to youth in the homeless community.  Formerly an early childhood educator, she has incorporated both life-long and professional skills and experiences into educating youth and working with families. As an author and educator, literacy through reading and writing are at the core of her desire to grow young minds and foster the development of young adults.


Shonda resides in Scotch Plains, New Jersey with her husband and three children.  She is active in her church, Kingdom Life Cathedral of Scotch Plains, NJ, where her husband is the pastor and she serves as both worship and youth leader.  She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Business, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with a focus in Christian Ministries, and is currently on the licensure track for the field of counseling by completing her second master’s degree in Professional Counseling.

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