Strayhorn Partners with Children's Defense Fund-Texas to Help Youth Beat the Odds

Do Good Work Educational Consulting, led by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, President & CEO, announces partnership with Children's Defense Fund-Texas to help urban youth

Online PR News – 20-October-2019 – Memphis, Tennessee – Doubling down on its commitment to changing lives by redefining student success and solving educational problems, Do Good Work Educational Consulting has partnered with the Children's Defense Fund-Texas to help support young people who lack access to school, food insecurities, and homelessness "Beat the Odds" to gain admittance to higher education.

"We're in the business of changing the world by improving lives largely by redefining student success—what it is and who can achieve it—and our firm plays a critical role in ensuring that educational progress and economic justice benefit all members of society, not just a select few," said Do Good Work President and CEO Dr. Terrell Strayhorn. Named one of the "Top 20 to Know in Education" and "Top 40 under 40" by Columbus BusinessFirst magazine, Strayhorn works full-time as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at LeMoyne-Owen College, where he's also a tenured professor in urban education.

"Our goal is to improve young people's lives in urban contexts by creating both equitable learning opportunities and clear pathways for them to achieve, excel in school, enroll in college, and ultimately lead happy, productive lives by beating the odds against them. Do Good Work is thrilled to partner with Children's Defense Fund-Texas in this way."

As part of the partnership, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a popular public speaker and highly-regarded expert in education, served as keynote speaker for the 2019 Beat the Odds® Youth Forum in Houston. He will return again for 2020, addressing the Forum's theme of Belonging, Succeeding & Becoming in Today's World. The firm will also continue its financial commitment to BTO youth.

"From the first time I heard him speak, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn impressed me. His credentials, knowledge, and experience make for great content in his speeches, but what I like most is his authenticity and willingness to be vulnerable," said Clarissa Webb, Director of Youth Programs for CDF-Texas. "He is, hands down, one of my favorite people to listen and learn from and we're delighted to be in partnership with him and his team."

"This is yet another initiative of ours to help schools, colleges, and agencies like CDF continue to 'Do Good Work' for those most in need and we look forward to building networks with other state and regional affiliates in the near future," said Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, who is also a member of the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom Schools National Advisory Board.


The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Program honors outstanding high school students across the state of Texas who have overcome significant adversity or obstacles, yet demonstrated academic excellence and generativity to their communities. Through a competitive review process, CDF-Texas selects deserving high school seniors who excelled while displaying grit, tenacity, and passion. Each BTO award winner receives up to $5,000 in scholarships, a laptop computer, domestic airfare to/from college, mentoring, internship referrals, and more. Since 1999, CDF-Texas has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships. For more:


Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC (DGW) is a privately-held, minority-owned firm headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The firm's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping youth and families, schools and colleges, businesses and communities develop, thrive, and achieve success in every domain of human endeavor, particularly education. The DGW company currently operates a large research program, a train-the-trainer online course, and has worked with over 1,000 colleges, universities, schools and businesses. For more information, please visit or