About Us

Check out this exclusive interview with our founder, Kenshara!

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.

Kenshara, can you briefly walk us through your story- how you started and how you got to where you are today.

As a social worker, it’s a natural thing to want to give back, we care about humanity and change. So, one day I was talking to my now boyfriend who has a scholarship that he gives to his high school, and he told me about that and I was like, “wow, I want to do something like that”. 

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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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.

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, Cougar to Cougar Scholarship Recipient

Our Team

Kenshara Cravens, 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 5 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 two 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 Nacodoches, 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.

DeAndre' Knoxson, Community Relations Manager

DeAndre' Knoxson was born in Galveston, TX and was raised in Texas City, TX. He received his high school education from Texas City High School and later attended College of the Mainland where he received an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a major in process technology. For 15+ years, DeAndre' has been a very community involved individual. He has organized and supervised charitable events, been a guest speaker to youth and sat on executive planning board committees. He is also the founder of the "Sting to Sting" Scholarship.

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, Treasurer

Shanikqua Miller was born and raised in La Marque, TX. She is married and has two beautiful children. Mrs. Miller graded from College of the Mainland with a certificate as a Medical Assistant. Mrs. Miller works as a Certified Medical Assistant for UTMB and has been for 6 years.  Mrs. Miller is currently enrolled at Galveston College for Registered Nurses and is working toward her degree for Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Shanikqua has a passion and talent for helping and caring for those in need. Shanikqua is always looking for ways to help others and reach their goals as well.

Ja'Quavia Parker-Demus , Secretary

Ja'Quavia Parker Demus is a Houston native. Mrs. Parker Demus started her collegiate career at Texas Southern University where she obtained a Bachelors of Liberal Arts Degree in Social Work. 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. Parker Demus is also the founder and CEO of Rescuing the Rainbow, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists troubled LGBTQ youth. Ja'Quavia continues to have a strong passion in assisting the community and developing more programs to aid in positive change.