Softin Miller has 20 years of youth advocacy, education and training experience and has completed her Bachelor of Art degree in English Education, at West Virginia University and Master of Science degree in Teaching and Curriculum, at Syracuse University. She was an intricate part of the Center for Community Alternatives’, Youth Development Services team in developing and implementing the first Syracuse City School District (SCSD) contract, Alternative School Youth Development Program, Strategies for Success. After seven years successful years, she joined the SCSD as a middle school English and AVID teacher where she trained SCSD staff in cultural awareness and SCSD students in academic and civic responsibility. Following her employment at SDSD, Softin worked more than 10 years as the Coordinator of Youth Services Programing, for Contact Community Services, where she developed implemented, supervised, and evaluated 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) After-School and School-Day programs. Softin has trained hundreds of youth development staff, teachers, parents and youth in various youth development strategies. Under her direct leadership, the school-based programs were deemed 21st Century CCLC’s “best practice” programs.
In 2019, Softin moved to Florida where she was titled as an “highly effective” english teacher at John I. Leonard High School. Softin looks forward to facilitating practitioners in developing techniques to evoke academic and social and emotional growth.