Shora (meaning “a safe place” in the Nigerian language) Foundation was founded in 2008 by Tanika Harper, providing services to inner city teens in the East Knoxville area. These services included but not limited to life skills seminars, summer learning programs, community events, and a partnership with Austin-East and Fulton High Schools providing students with the school preparation supplies to include brand new backpacks. In 2016, the organization helped five young men/women find job placement, enroll in college, or enroll in a GED program. In 2017, Shora Foundation served over 500 students in school preparedness.  We have been blessed to have partnered with organizations such as Young Life, Community Evangelistic Church, Hope Resource Center, Knox County Health Department, Eternal Life Harvest, and Hope Fellowship Church to ensure success of programming.


To provide a safe place culture for those in under-resourced areas by creating opportunities and transforming communities.


·         Elevate education

·         Enhance experiences

·         Shift mindsets

·         Empower generations.

·         Increase opportunities

The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present, and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, and the enthusiasm and courage of the young people.
— Kailash Satyarthi

What We've Achieved

  • Enrolling high school teens in GED programs

  • Providing assistance to high school graduates such as help in enrolling in college, attending college orientations for support, and assisting with the completion of financial aid paperwork

  • Providing over 1000 kids with school preparedness resources

  • Community garden build, Garden on Selma, to fight food disparity in East Knoxville’s food desert

  • Providing basic needs supplies to families in need, such as diapers, food, clothing, etc

  • Ensuring the progression to the next grade level of 50 elementary and middle school students who come from low-income neighborhoods and failing schools

  • Ensuring that every child in our program progress in reading and math each year