About Us

Check out this exclusive interview with our founder, Kenshara!

About Us

Broad Statement

The Craving For A Change Foundation, Inc. offers a variety of services to the community to aide in different areas. Some of those areas are scholarships, education resources, college preparedness assistance and mentorship.

Mission Statement

The mission of Craving For A Change Foundation, Inc. is to provide a change in our community by way of education, scholarships and support.

Who we are

About Us

Craving For A Change Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was created in 2019 by Kenshara Cravens. Craving For A Change Foundation was created due to the experiences that the founder had as a first-generation college student. 

Those experiences included needing assistance with college applications, FAFSA, and funding for school. The Cougar to Cougar Scholarship as given 2 years prior to the founding of the foundation. While the current scholarship is limited to one high school, the goal is to expand to all schools in Galveston County within the next three years.

We provide services for transitional assistance for ages 14-20. This includes individualized assistance with different tasks that are applicable to the child. Some of these services include: FAFSA assistance, college application assistance, college preparation, scholarship funding, career exploration, mentorship and the cougar to cougar scholarship. 

We also provide healthcare literacy programs to senior citizens. We offer individualized assistance that includes: Medicare enrollment assistance, Medicaid application and finding doctors among other services.  

We also provide outreach services to the homeless population.

Check Out This Interview!

Craving For A Change Foundation seeks to inspire the future generations of our community with essential programs, resources and scholarship funding needed. This will be used to help high school senior’s with their first steps in their collegiate journey. 

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Cougar to Cougar Testimonial

Hello,

My name is Jazmine Nelson and I’m a La Marque High School graduate of 2018. Upon my graduation I was awarded the Cougar to Cougar scholarship to assist me in my upcoming undergraduate years. The scholarship helped me significantly as I come from a single parent household and large funds for things such as college aren’t always easy to come by. I’m now a senior Biology major and Psychology minor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and I’ve come a long way from that high school senior. The scholarship allowed me to attend school and to embrace the culture here on campus. I’m now an officer in the Pre-Medical Society and also a member of the Rowdy Corps community-based work program. I’ve found time to make many friends and network with many people that can help me in my future. I’ve also used my time to give back to the San Antonio community by devoting many hours to community service and community outreach. The Cougar to Cougar scholarship helped me to make my dreams as high school student a reality and I’m forever grateful to have been a recipient.

Jazmine Nelson, 2018 Cougar to Cougar Scholarship Recipient

Our Team

Kenshara Cravens, LMSW,CCM, LCDC (CI), Founder/CEO

Kenshara Cravens was born and raised in La Marque, TX. She is currently a social worker and works at United Healthcare as a service coordinator.  With only 6 years experience, Kenshara has worked in nursing homes, hospice, home health and hospitals. Kenshara is also an adjunct professor with the University of Texas at Arlington and has been for the past four years. She takes interest in working with those in need.  Kenshara, being a first-generation college student, has created a special place in her heart for other first-generation college-students, which is what prompted her to start the nonprofit, "Craving For A Change Foundation, Inc.  Kenshara landed her first social work job in 2015 where she worked as the social worker and volunteer coordination for Bethany Hospice/Home Health in Nacogdoches, TX.  Kenshara is currently working on her Ph.D in Social Work at Walden University with a specialization in medical social work. She currently holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree in social work that was obtained at Stephen F. Austin State University. Kenshara also holds her LCDC CI) certification and is a notary public.

Devon Garcia, BS, Youth Coordinator/ MSW Intern

Devon Garcia is a social work intern for Craving For a Change Foundation while completing the MSW program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX! She received her bachelors from Prairie View A&M University in Criminal Justice in 2017.

Devon is currently the administrator at the Wood Group Crisis Respite Facility in Texas City, providing short term residential treatment for the adult mental health population. Prior to this position, she was a mental health case manager at The Gulf Coast Center in Texas City for the ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Program, servicing the highest level of need clients in both Brazoria and Galveston counties.

Devon is most passionate about assisting youth with navigation of social emotional learning skills and coping strategy utilization. She looks forward to growing with the foundation as it continues to expand, addressing the growing needs of her hometown, community and surrounding areas.

Jennifer Bainster-Yarde, BS, Assistant Youth Coordinator/MSW Intern

Jennifer Alexandria Bannister-Yarde is 34 years old. First-generation American born in Galveston, Texas. Jennifer's parents are from the beautiful Island Nation of Barbados which is located in the Caribbean.

Jennifer graduated from La Marque High School Class of 2006. She attended the College of the Mainland and graduated in 2011. She graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2013 Bachelor of Art in Criminology with a specialty in juvenile delinquency. Jennifer is now attending Our Lady of the Lake University, located in San Antonio, Texas. She is working on her master's degree in Social Work with the aspiration of becoming a licensed clinical Social Worker. The next step after her master's is to work on her Doctoral Degree in Social Work specializing in Human Right Research. She is currently interning for The Craving for a Change Foundation.

Jennifer Previously worked for the Harris County Juvenile Probation and started as a juvenile supervision officer. She was promoted to Case Aid for the probation officer of the Services Learning Department before leaving juvenile probation to venture off into her master's degree. Jennifer has been a part of The Baby Stewart foundation for over five years. She is also a certified life coach, with her company Planting Seeds of Love Life Coaching.

Jennifer is a warrior who fought and beat cancer on many different occasions from childhood to adulthood. She is legally deaf in both ears and continues to beat the odds by being a difference in the lives of her family, friend, peer, and colleagues. Where there is a will, there is always a way.

Jazmine Collier-BSW Intern

Jazmine Collier is obtaining her bachelor’s degree in social work at Liberty University. She is grateful to complete her final internship at Craving for a Change Foundation. Jazmine is a loving, caring, and family orientated person. When approaching a client she welcomes them with open arms, very encouraging, and can be direct when needed. She loves assisting with therapy and assessments that services children, young adults,adults- individually , and families using an integrated approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. Jazmine also provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.

Jazmine believes that change happens when people are given the support they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. She is committed to empowering her clients with the tools, training, and knowledge they need to perform optimally day in and day out. In the future, Jazmine would love to become a counselor that provides a safe environment where her clients can explore their primary interests, develop goals and determine strengths and assets as they move toward their aspirations.

During the pandemic many Houstonians struggled with rent, food and other basic needs. Jazmine helped clients apply for government assistance and other resources at Shape Community Center. She was very determined to help the community. Jazmine also completed an internship at Communities in School where she helped elementary students during their time of need. She provided small group and individual counseling for the students as well.

Jazmine is the proud mother of two young daughters and she is a graduate of Alvin High School.

Our Board

Christian Cravens , President

Christian Cravens was born and raised in La Marque, TX. She began her career with AT&T in May of 2014. Within 5 years, Christian had grown from a retail sales consultant to a store manager. She takes pride in being able to educate and mentor her employees making them the best they can be. Christian is currently working on her degree in Business Administration. She has always had a passion for educating others and has an interest in African American studies. Christian wishes to open an African American bookstore in her hometown so that other children can be educated on their history.

Shanikqua Miller, LVN Treasurer

Shanikqua Cravens was born and raised in La Marque, Texas. She is a single mother of two beautiful children. Ms. Cravens graduated from College of the Mainland with a certificate in Medical Assistant in 2014. Ms. Cravens is a 2021 LVN graduate of Galveston College. Ms. Cravens works as a LVN at University of Texas Medical Branch. Shanikqua has a passion and talent for helping and caring for those in need. This passion Ms. Cravens have with her desire to continue her education drive, Shanikqua is always look for ways to help others reach their goals as well.

Ja’Quavia Demus, Med-CMHC, CDP, LBSW, LCDC(I), Secretary

Ja’Quavia Demus is a Houston native. Mrs. Demus started her collegiate career at Texas Southern University where she obtained a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree in Social Work due to a passion for providing assistance to the community. Following this degree she obtained her license in the field. She continued her collegiate career at Lamar University with a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mrs. Demus saw her love for helping those who struggled to help themselves. Ja’Quavia is currently pursuing a doctorate in Psychology, and has just completed a second masters degree in Psychology, with the goal of establishing a private counseling practice. Ja’Quavia has a deep love for assisting the elderly community and has obtained her Certified Dementia Practitioner certification. Mrs. Demus is the cofounder of The Works Cards, which consist of a multitude of specialized card decks that assist in navigating life from a plethora of aspects. Mrs. Demus is the founder and CEO of Rescuing the Rainbow INC. a non profit organization geared towards assisting troubled LGBTQ youth. Ja’Quavia hopes to continue to provide tools that help others navigate their worlds more effectively through education and resources.