A letter from the Founder and CEO of Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows
Tarra I. Joe Faulk
President and Co-Founder, Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows, Corp.
I created Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows (LIFT) in May 2005 with one purpose; to help students, like me, navigate the process of applying for and entering medical school. Unlike my experience, I wanted students to have a team to guide their interests and provide necessary information regarding the process as well as life while in pursuit of a lofty dream. Some would call the members of such a team, mentors, a concept that was foreign to me at the time. As a result, I fought my way through failures, successes, fatigue, and even misery with just a small set of supporters.
In high school, I decided that I wanted to be a brain surgeon. There were no brain surgeons in my family and I didn’t even routinely visit a doctor’s office. This was essentially a fairy tale dream. Over time, I changed that specialty goal many times over, though still becoming a physician through many obstacles and wins. There are some students however, who do not make it to see their dreams come to fruition and there are too many reasons for why that could be. My goal is to ensure that it does not happen due to lack of support or resource.
I never imagined that this process of starting a business would take over 10 years just to get off the ground, but it did and still continues to be a work in progress. As I have learned about and prepared the various documentation, continued through medical school, residency, fellowship and many moves and life events in between, we are finally to a point where actions can be taken and goals can be achieved. We cannot do it alone. We will need community involvement, support, and funding so that our programs can succeed and flourish. We affirm the belief that it takes a village to raise a child which is in addition to parental guidance and training at home.
My vision for Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows (LIFT) has evolved over the years though the foundation has never changed. We are created to link the leaders in our community (starting with Northern California; my home) to lead and participate in programs addressing three of my fundamental initiatives: equity in education (gender, race, and social status), financial literacy, and community development and diversity.
Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows (LIFT) is an educational organization established to provide scholarship, mentoring, and educational opportunities for students interested in going to college and exceptional students interested in careers in medicine, law, and business. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization directing efforts and resources to junior high, high school, and college students; challenging them to create and pursue goals regardless of ethnic, social, or financial background. Scholars will be informed, equipped, and encouraged to be life-long students in the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations.
There is no time like today to build and nurture our future generation of leaders. Future doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, and politicians must embrace fervor for continuing education. Education still is power!
Leaders Inspiring Fruitful Tomorrows, Corporation or LIFT is teaming with trusted leaders, companies, and established programs to take on the tough challenge of making education important again. Our programs immerse rising students in their desired career fields through forums, workshops, trips, and the mentor experience. We don’t stop there, we also partner with test prep agencies to ready our students for standardized tests by offsetting the cost of test-prep classes. Next we prepare students for their college and secondary experience with a specific focus on financial education, budgeting/resource management, while providing directed scholarships. In that same spirit, we provide free educational resources and advocate for improved education costs, quality education, and affordable student housing. Our future, learning centers (L.I.F.T Smart Centers) spread across communities that will expand the access of vulnerable populations to quiet study space, library materials, free Internet and print access, and with collocated childcare centers. Education is still important. It is the backbone of many professions. It is a force multiplier and a propellant within communities. EDUCATION IS STILL IMPORTANT! And we strive to make completion of secondary education a reality with proper resources. Realizing that some kids, because of their background, their financial status, their race, and or their lack of structured support, need more to get the same result. We make education dreams a reality specifically for those underserved, first-generation, and nontraditional students. And we won’t just help you get started on your journey; we will provide leadership, mentorship, and equipment for every step along the way.
Dr. Tarra I. Faulk, D.O. – Founder, President and CEO
Board of Directors
Roderick Faulk, MBA, J.D. – Co- Founder
Dr. Mehrdod Ehteshami, D.O., MPH
Justin Mason, MBA
Russell McCray III, J.D., Ph.D., MBA
Dalerie Moore, J.D.
Organizational documents are available by request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Printable LIFT informational flyer