Sherrika Myers

by Terry Watson | May 21st, 2021
Sherrika Myers

Sherrika Myers

Sherrika Myers is the founder of Every 1 Voice Matters. Every 1 Voice Matters is a community outreach nonprofit that helps kids break down communicative and social barriers such as stuttering, self-esteem, and bullying to improve their quality of life. She has developed innovative measures including an online animated series where kids can learn to pronounce, spell, and demonstrate new words. There is also a children’s book series with its first published book “Herbie’s New Home”, and a learning app coming soon. They also have the C.L.A.S.S. (Core Life & Academic Social Skills) School Assembly Program. Every 1 Voice Matters values being a pillar in our community through our yearly back-to-school events where we give away thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies and our yearly Popup Santa Christmas Giveaway where we surprise ten to 20 families with Christmas gifts.

Sherrika is a national speaker and educational outreach facilitator who travels across the country helping schools to close interpersonal and social gaps that often lead to effects such as bullying and low academic performance. She speaks to thousands of kids through interactive school assemblies and educational presentations infused with transparency and easy-to-implement principles.

Sherrika seldom spoke to people due to fear that she would expose her stuttering and be teased. It wasn’t until middle school that she realized she had to do something about it. One day in 6th grade, she had to do the morning announcements over the loudspeaker. She could barely say her name, much less read the announcements. She was petrified to say anything more because now the entire school knew she was different.

From that day on, Sherrika was determined to figure out how to get her stutter under control. Eventually, with a lot of patience, she learned techniques that helped curb her stuttering. Sherrika always wanted to help kids who stutter because of how it affected her life. Her grandson, Lil Herbert, also stutters. Wanting to spare him and other children from some of the difficulties she experienced during her childhood, Sherrika has made it her mission with Every 1 Voice Matters to help those with speech impediments. She wants them to know they are not alone; stuttering can be conquered and that they can find their voice. Growing up with a stutter was hard and Sherrika always wondered why this happened to her.

Now, she has the reason—Every 1 Voice Matters—your voice matters.

“Our mission was originally founded on promoting the development of fluency, communication, coping skills, and building proper speech techniques, self-esteem, and self-confidence for children who stutter. Now, our mission has expanded to be a resource for all social and communicative barriers for children through education, online programs, community outreach programs, and events. Some of our programs consist of therapy, empowerment, community awareness and development, reading, tutoring, counseling, and mentoring. Every 1 Voice Matters (E1VM) is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is classified as a private operating foundation as defined in section 4942(j)(3),” she says.

Sherrika and E1VM launched the Lil Herbie animated Series on YouTube where kids can learn to pronounce, spell, and demonstrate new words with the animated character Lil Herbie. The Lil Herbie Virtual School provides support in Math, STEM, and reading for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Elected officials, local leaders, actresses, and storytellers have been special guests. They have also launched their first book of many, “Herbie’s New Home.” The main character Lil Herbie stutters and has to meet a new group of friends when his family moves from Maryland to South Carolina. Lil Herbie is afraid the new kids will laugh at him because he stutters.

They have also decided to bring Lil Herbie to life. “The Lil Herbie Mascot represents the little child inside of me because I once stuttered, my grandson who stutters, and any individual, especially children who are going through any issue. There is a Lil Herbie inside of all of us,” Sherrika says.

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