Co-Founder and Executive Director
Sophie has a background in education, Spanish, anthropology, and the law, and is a from Chapel Hill. She taught elementary and middle school youth in public and private schools, and worked as a paralegal with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.’s Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. Sophie always thought she wanted to be a teacher, but realized that she had as much to learn from young people as they did from her.
Sophie Suberman and Soteria Shepperson are community builders and owners of Present Day on Main in Carrboro, NC. For the past five years, they have strived to build a community space that prioritizes diversity and embodies inclusion, creativity, and empowerment. They have also developed and hosted community programming for youth and adults that capitalize on community resources and skills.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Soteria has worked in education for over ten years, both as a secondary teacher and an instructor at Wake Technical Community College.
She also supports youth and adults through crime prevention work and advocacy within the criminal justice system, empowering individuals to rebuild their lives and step into a positive future of their own creation.
She has worked in schools, residential facilities, prisons, communities and wraparound programs serving individuals as they return from incarceration and drug treatment facilities. Soteria also uses spoken word and music to advocate for social justice issues and to inspire listeners to live into their destinies.
Growing up Soteria had a mother worked long days and hours there were so many community members who played a pivotal role in her success. She remembers, parents taking her to basketball games after school and an aunt who would make sure she could be picked up if her mother had to work late nights and early mornings. One of the most meaningful things she has realized growing up, is the importance of access in collaboration with opportunity. There were so many opportunities around her but it was not until community members provided access to those opportunities that she was able to take part thrive and become a first generation college graduate. It was very quickly she started to build her community outside of her family. Even today the majority of Soteria's work centers around community leaders, community members and the communities at large. What better way to invest in youth then to give them the gift that continues to keep on giving which is the understanding that together we are truly better.
Our staff are work-study, service learners, volunteer undergraduates and recent graduates from UNC Chapel Hill and Greensboro College.
Staff work as mentors-tutors, administrative support, tech assistants and program interns
Grow Your World provides mentorship, on-the-job training and professional development to all students that work with us