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Entrepreneurs look to 'STEMulate DIVAS'

Breanna Adams, left, and Xanthe Asberry have found a permanent home for Divas 4 Success in Riverview. The after-school program emphasizes helping girls find and develop talents.

ERIC VICIAN | Special to the Times

Breanna Adams, left, and Xanthe Asberry have found a permanent home for Divas 4 Success in Riverview. The after-school program emphasizes helping girls find and develop talents.

RIVERVIEW — Breanna Adams and Xanthe Asberry were both pregnant this summer with their first child.

Within a few weeks, they concurrently became first-time mothers and first-time co-business tenants. After a few years of renting space to host their unique after-school enrichment center called Divas 4 Success, the duo has opened a permanent location at 6439 U.S. 301 in Riverview.

The program targets young DIVAs — or girls interested in becoming Divine Individuals with Virtuous Attitudes — through academic-fused instruction that supports all learning styles and links real-life examples to all lessons. This approach encourages instructors and students to think creatively and explore their individual talents and abilities.

"Girls like to talk," said Asberry, who has more than 10 years of experience in educational consulting.

Asberry said the Divas 4 Success approach weaves oral language and creative arts into science, technology, engineering and math education, or what parents have come to know as STEM. Students who attend Frost, Symmes, Sessums, Riverview, Ippolito and Collins elementary schools are picked up after school and spend time in various rooms inside Divas 4 Success.

The empowerment room is where students spend the first 45-60 minutes receiving homework assistance and learning test-taking strategies from instructors. If they earn a spot on their school's honor roll, they also earn a field trip from Divas.

After their homework is complete, they move to the technology room to learn things like coding and creating your own YouTube channel, as well as the innovation room where they are challenged to invent something with the given materials.

"The biggest thing parents need to know is that their daughters will be safe and they can be confident that we will build interpersonal skills and, of course, learning," said Adams, who joined the Hillsborough County School District in 2006 and currently works as an elementary school psychologist.

Divas 4 Success has capacity for approximately 30 children and is nearly half full. Cost is $80 per week, with family discounts available. Saturday classes, such as yoga, camps and workshops also are available. Visit for pricing and to register.

Total Wine pops cork on Brandon location

Total Wine & More is celebrating its grand opening in Lake Brandon Plaza, boasting what it calls Florida's largest selection of wine (8,000), spirits (3,000) and beer (2,500) under one roof.

The store offers tastings every weekend, hosts consumer education classes and features a walk-in cigar humidor.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Find them online at

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Entrepreneurs look to 'STEMulate DIVAS' 09/22/16 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:43am]
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