MEET OUR FOUNDER & CEO

Nikkia Matthews

Motivational Speaker. Therapist. Visionary.

"WHO AM I TO BE BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS, TALENTED, FABULOUS?

ACTUALLY, WHO ARE YOU NOT TO BE?"

-MARIANNE WILLIAMSON

Nikkia D. Matthews, LMSW is a passionate advocate for children and families, serving for over 15 years as a mentor, educator, and program and curriculum developer for youth. Nikkia, fondly known as Ms. Nikki, has a specific interest in speaking into the lives of young girls. Traveling the Southeastern Michigan area, she presents the ‘Embracing Your Queendom’ message to help girls see themselves as Queens, worthy of self-respect and respect from those around them.

 

Professionally licensed as a clinical therapist in the State of Michigan, Nikkia has worked in mental health and education for 8 years. She currently serves as a Part Time Professor for Wayne State University’s School of Social Work and is a private practitioner in mental health. She proudly serves as Founder & CEO of Purposeful YOUth Detroit – which is her greatest joy.

 

Her mission is to travel the world to bring healing to the relationships between women and their daughters as a means to building future generations of whole, healthy and empowered women. Nikkia works relentlessly to ensure all young people of Metro Detroit pursue a life of excellence, contribute to their communities and discover their purpose for their lives.

 

She lives and teaches by the motto of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Nikkia is a graduate of the illustrious, Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI; Howard University, in Washington D.C. and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

Purposeful Youth Detroit is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.