Courtnie Coble McIntosh is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Academy of Goal Achiever’s, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and mentoring programs for high school students – its mission is to, “develop youth leaders to impact communities, while preparing students and families for post-secondary success”.
Her passion for helping others all started while growing up in Anson County, where she learned about the impact of community and family. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2000 during her sophomore year at East Mecklenburg High School, where she is a proud graduate of the class of 2002.
High School was an integral time in her life and it wasn’t until her senior year she realized she was not properly prepared for the transition from high school to the real world. Like many students, she was asked about her next steps, but no one provided the individual guidance to get her from high school to college. She navigated the admissions process on her own and ultimately graduated from Virginia State University (VSU), where she had the opportunity to become a member of The National Honor Society for Psychology majors and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
After attending VSU and obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, she started her career making an impact in the social sector. For seven years she helped homeless youth and families as a Crisis Counselor and shortly afterwards, became a Program Manager for a youth in transition program.
After receiving her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Winston-Salem State University in 2012 and becoming newly married, she was deeply inspired to create the resources her high school self would have wanted for the young people in her community. On October 17, 2015 The Academy of Goal Achiever’s was founded. Courtnie started the program with 15 students, upon becoming a Certified Youth, Parent & Family Coach through World Coach Institute. The organization has now impacted over 500 lives through youth led service projects and has successfully transitioned 100% of its graduating high school seniors to college. She wanted students and families to feel empowered, educated, hopeful and supported, throughout their four years of high school and prepared with individualized post-secondary plans – this commitment is at the core of The Academy of Goal Achiever’s.
Growing up, Courtnie quickly realized that her not being properly prepared for life after high school had little to do with a lack of motivation and more about life circumstances. This is why at the end of every day at The Academy of Goal Achiever’s the youth are ask two questions to reaffirm their power to be anything. The first is “who are we?”, these three words are met with a resounding “goal achievers!” and to make sure these empowered youth know to never give up, they are asked a final question: “and what does it take?” The collective response is a determined “hard work!” This is more than a chant for Courtnie, it is a relentless promise to providing a better life for the young people and families she serves.