Make us your home page
Instagram

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 divasforsuccess.com 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 facebook.com/TotalWineBrandon.

SHARE YOUR NEWS: If you have an item for Everybody's Business, contact Eric Vician at ericvician@yahoo.com.

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

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Irish 31 brings flair, flavor to Wiregrass

    Business

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery opened its fifth location at The Shops at Wiregrass earlier this month.

    hillsevbiz072117: Irish 31 has opened at the Shops at Wiregrass with a warm, wood decor. Photo courtesy of Irish 31.
  2. Family fun featured at Lutz-area ice cream shop

    Business

    LUTZ — For Joe Schembri, ice cream reminds him of fun times he spent with his family as a child.

    hillsevbiz072117: Joe Schembri has opened the Ice Dreamery in Lutz. Photo courtesy of Joe Schembri.
  3. Clean Eatz offers low-cal options in South Tampa

    Business

    Inside Clean Eatz, almost everything is under 500 calories.

    Clean Eatz will offer healthy dining options in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Clean Eatz.
  4. Salon brings a Parisian experience to Tampa

    Business

    A new salon in International Plaza, opened by French women Geraldine Jousseau and Estelle Mattingly, takes clients on a trip to Paris.

    Le Studio Paris offers a variety of salon services in International Plaza. Photo courtesy of Le Studio Paris.
  5. Ratings service Nielsen begins tracking live TV consumption on Hulu, YouTube

    Retail

    TV ratings service Nielsen will begin tracking how many people watch network TV on YouTube and Hulu to gauge how many viewers broadcast networks have through streaming, the company announced Tuesday.

    Nielsen, a ratings company, is monitoring how many viewers watch live TV on Hulu and YouTube to get a better sense of overall viewership. | [AP]