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Meet Lynita Robinson of Innovative Segue in Southwest Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynita Robinson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Lynita. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 1986, I was accepted into the LBJ Science Academy- Austin, Texas, in its inaugural year. Two years afterwards, I enrolled at Sidney Lanier High School- Austin, TX, where I joined my brother to graduate hand in hand in the spring of 1990. Moving to Houston the following fall, I eventually completed my college education in 2000, earning a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from the Davies College of Business at University of Houston-Downtown. Sixteen years later, I earned an Executive M.B.A. from the Jesse H. Jones College of Business at Texas Southern University. Since then, I have worked various positions in several industries with exposure to project strategy, planning and implementation.

In 2011, I partnered with my long-time friend and high school classmate, Jimmy Johnson- and we decided to launch Innovative Segue. In 2016, we were invited to submit an abstract to Texas Southern University’s Digital Scholarship, entitled “Cloud Based Learning Tools: Supporting the Invisible Learner (Silent Sufferers) With Socioeconomic Challenges” as a model of our envisioned platform.

The passion that I have for our communities has evolved into my wanting to be a community advocate. I have been speaking and engaging community members and fellow advocates through varying events throughout the Central Texas region. Along with national support from advocates who are key components in the Global Collaborative Initiative (GCI), I am building bridges to meet the mission of Innovative Segue Community Outreach Standards (ISCOS). Through my work, I will continue to help with the vision of revitalizing niche communities.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. While, building our brand- we faced a tremendous amount of adversity. In the beginning, we partnered with other non-profit organizations in attempts to forge formidable alliances and to form a solid foundation. Now, as we enter our sixth (6) year of operation- we struggle with the difficulty of being able to focus on our own agenda and establishing Innovative Segue as a stand-alone brand.

We are currently working to expand our team, seeking additional resources and looking to enhance our outreach. We are incorporating a global framework into our network of services. Unfortunately, we’ve been challenged by this task- the lack of adequate assistance, inconsistent projects and initiatives participation from registrants, and limited funding have all created a few setbacks for our organization.

We are truly forced to be creative when it comes to achieving our goals. Like a typical business, we have our ups and downs. But, what I can say is- building our organization is our dream. One Jimmy and I am very passionate about!! Every experience that we have lived has given us the opportunity to add onto our journey- and. that’s the most important part!

Innovative Segue – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Innovative Segue is a non-profit organization that serves as a gateway for bridging the gap between socioeconomic development and disadvantaged communities. Jimmy Johnson and I co-founded Innovative Segue in 2011- with a mission to provide education and skill-set training, therapy and character development through services such as community projects, interactive initiatives, skills development, athletic camps, health and wellness and mentorship.

We focus on firmly pursuing efforts that give disadvantaged communities a better understanding of itself and its importance to our existence. Our overall goal is to help guide communities from paths of despair to successful empowerment by exposing them to various positive environments and global cultures that will open their minds to thinking and believing that they too can become future leaders. We strive to enhance knowledge and skills- while incorporating the importance of proper communication, wellness, mentality, teamwork, and self-confidence. Along with My Brother’s Keeper-Houston, we look to promote the agenda of helping disadvantaged and under-served communities achieve global sustainability.

With the City of Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation, etc.- we have restructured the outlook on area community projects. We have done so by combining the importance of our four key programs. We believe that through education and hard work, our communities have a better opportunity to achieve on all levels. We work hard to continue providing these services- and, with the assistance of the city we can continue improving and changing lives.

Proportionately, there is a large number of communities that are in need of some type of support. Despite the circumstances, before you can uplift any community, you must first institute a resource system. The purpose behind Innovative Segue and the programs and initiatives that we offer- is that we want to ensure the community has access to sustainable resource pipelines. It’s what these communities need- the pipelines are the primary essentials that drive its success. We have participated in sourcing low-income, under-served and disadvantaged communities- and the lack of access to resources is a community crisis demanding immediate intervention.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My business partner and I do not seek personal recognition- that is not the basis for providing outreach. We truly believe in working to bridge the gap that exists between low-income, disadvantaged and under-served communities and economic resources. However, to say that it doesn’t feel good to be recognized- that would be an understatement. We want people to know what Innovative Segue stands for- why we’re here, and, that’s to help!! We want to create something that will provide community resource sourcing and mutual benefits to all who are involved.

In 2016, I was offered an invitation to visit the White House. They were hosting a My Brother’s Keeper Alliance meeting. It was a closed briefing discussing the future of the initiative- and, our partnership roles in its success. Happiest day of my life!! A proud moment to receive my first personal invitation to the White House. All because of my involvement in the M.B.K. initiative, in the community, and putting myself in a position of being a support factor for our communities. To me, it’s an obligation- we need to be proactive in educating our communities.

Our recognition attainment is definitely something to smile about. Jimmy and I have been recognized by the City of Houston and organizations like the Harris County Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen’s Office and The State of Texas House of Representatives State Representative Sylvester Turner’s office and more. Definitely an honor. However, we continue to work- building our organization into a platform that can continue to help and sustain people.

Pricing:

  • Bring Your Own Device ~ Family social media training initiative: $30 per family / $10 per individual
  • Content Creator United ~ video content creation and social platforms initiative: $5 – $10
  • College Prep / Tutoring Services: Pricing dependent upon needs.
  • Business Tutoring Network ~ hands on practical solutions for growing a business: $30 per session
  • International Athletic Enrichment Camps ~ skills development camps for kids ages 7 – 18: Pricing vary per camp: $50+

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GF Marketing Group / Innovative Segue

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