Back 2 School: Tools & Tips for a Bully Free New Year!  


It’s happening Sunday, February 4th at...

  • 5 pm Pacific
  • 6 pm Mountain
  • 7 pm Central
  • 8 pm Eastern

About Your Host


Youth Development and Life Coach  

Nicki has been an educator, mentor, and youth advocate for 10 years and counting. In 2017, she founded GeneratioNext, a youth development and life coaching organization for at-risk youth. Nicki envisions a world where the term "at-risk" doesn't exist, because all youth receive the same education, resources, experiences, opportunities, love and guidance needed to transition successfully into adulthood. When she isn't in the classroom, Nicki enjoys spending her days speaking, coaching, and implementing youth development programs for organizations and school districts. 



Meet the Experts

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LaQuita Small Professional School Counselor 

With a Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development and Family Development from Texas Southern University, LaQuita's counseling approach is interactive and solution-focused/cognitive behavioral therapy. Her therapeutic approach provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client, and to assist clients in adapting and developing change to improve life.  

With compassion and understanding, LaQuita works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves a learning process where clients acquire and practice new skills; learning new ways of thinking and more effective ways of coping with issues.

Trea Drake Krav Maga Instructor

Trea Drake is certified as a Black Belt Instructor by both Chief Instructor CJ Kirk (Chief Instructor and Owner of Krav Maga Houston) and the Krav Maga Association of America.  

Trea has worked in the field of psychology for 19 years, has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certification in Behavior Analysis.  

Trea is the developer and Lead Instructor of Krav Maga Houston’s Youth Self-Defense Program, and is also an instructor at "The Bully Expert" in Houston, TX.

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April R. Brooks, Psy. D. Psychology Professional 

Dr. Brooks is originally from Dallas, TX where she spent most years of her life before pursuing higher education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. She also received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. 

She completed her APA accredited internship at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center: Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston, MA where she focused on working with diverse populations from a multicultural standpoint (i.e., minority groups inclusive of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, correctional setting, etc.). 

Dr. Brooks completed her dissertation titled “Me, My Skin, & I: Colorism in Black America,” centered on the effects of perceived skin tone on African American females’ relationship satisfaction and self-esteem.

Throughout her career she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults within underserved populations regarding individual, couples, family, group, and substance abuse issues. She currently resides in Wichita Falls, TX where she works as a Mental Health Specialist V, conducting competency evaluations and providing treatment to mentally ill patients who have been charged with criminal offenses. 

As a person who views herself as an individual with many identities (i.e., black, woman, former student, daughter, therapist, child of God, etc.), Dr. Brooks believes that it is important for people to recognize the identities that make up ones self in order to understand how one interacts with the world.

LaNiyah Bailey Author/ Youth Advocate/Bully "Victor"

13-year old LaNiyah Bailey was ONLY six years old when she was introduced to the world by way of NPR Radio. It was after she and her parents appeared on Michelle Martin’s show “Tell Me More.” The show was broadcast in over 500 cities, and it led a world-wide discussion in support of President Barack Obama’s anti-bullying initiative, and the epidemic of Bullying in America. 

Shortly thereafter, major media outlets such as CNN, FOX, NBC, BET, WGN, AOL, ABC, Huffington’s Post, and many others throughout the world, including London and Korea, began ringing her phone off the hook.They wanted to know more about this young girl’s “inspiring courage” after she penned the highly-acclaimed children’s book “Not Fat Because I Wanna Be,” along with her mother LaToya “Toyiah Marquis” White and illustrator Laura Pérez Ricaud. 

The story was based on LaNiyah’s very own true to life experiences being bullied and teased because of her weight. Since the books release in March 2011, LaNiyah has been featured in magazines, interviewed on 100’s of radio shows, blogs and TV shows, and worked closely with celebrities such as Grammy Award winning rapper Chance the Rapper, to educate youth about bullying. The book has garnered “5-star reviews” across the board, and is currently in lesson plans at schools throughout the United States and Korea. 

Here's What You Will Get:

  • Hear from LaNiya Bailey, a 13-year old bully victim turned youth advocate and child author.
  • LaQuita Small will share: the current definition of bullying, what IS considered bullying and what IS NOT in the school environment, 4 popular types of bullying, signs that your child may be a bully or a victim of bullying, and ways that you as a parent can prevent or stop bullying from happening. 
  • Information about current state laws and school policies on bullying (if your child were to become a victim of bullying, do you know what your state and school obligations are to protect them?)
  • Find out how state laws regarding physical fighting at school, could leave your child with a criminal record.
  • Hear how bullying impacts your child socially and emotionally, from mental health expert Dr. April R. Brooks, Psy.D.
  • Learn non-physical defense strategies from "The Bully Expert" Trea Drake, that your child can use now.