Antoinette L Dunstan, MBA' 24, is a coach, mentor leader and speaker. She is the president and founder of The Culture Company, LLC and the 501 c3 The First Ladies Youth Leadership Foundation, Inc. (First Ladies) multidimensional organizations headquartered in Georgia that have trained over 1,000 rising leaders.
 

Who We Are

 
OUR PHILOSOPHY

Over the heads of her students…holds a crown that she challenges them to grow tall enough to wear.” Dr. Howard Thurman The First Ladies theme of a royal identity is integrated throughout the Foundation in both its cultural awareness, mentorship, civic engagement, and social activities. This emphasis is rooted in Kingdom principles, which encompasses the ideals of identity, service to others, leadership and leadership development. The spirit of leadership is incorporated throughout The First Ladies and is central to the way in which students think, speak and interact with others.

Throughout their years in The First Ladies, students learn to embody the spirit of dominion and are able to harness their leadership skills to serve and inspire those around them. Their self-confidence is balanced by compassion and their assertiveness by a sense of responsibility to others. Thus they become individuals that possess ladyship and leadership. Most importantly, we strive to raise future leaders who are able to navigate a variety of social and cultural contexts, and who will remain committed to the upliftment of humanity and the integrity of moral womanhood on the global landscape.​

OUR MISSION
To train and equip girls around the world to be positive global change agents; and to dominate in the 10 strategic cultures of the nations of the world with strength and dignity. Ten Strategic Areas of Cultural Influence
1. Family
2. Faith
3. Education
4. Media
5. Government
6. Economics
7. Medicine (S.T.E.M)
8. Technology
9. Arts/Entertainment
10. Sports
OUR VISION

“As global leaders let’s not underestimate the power each of us has to change the world for someone – and let’s not be afraid to try.” Former First Lady Michelle Obama We believe in ladyship and leadership. We aim to ensure and develop a vibrant future of a new generation of dynamic rising women of color- who lead from purpose, with purpose and on purpose - by strengthening her spiritual, racial and gender identity, community and connections.

We strive to provide a nurturing community of women, female leadership and cultural awareness by way of 1-1 mentorship, small group mentorship and large group mentorship. We seek to train and equip this generation with the spiritual, intellectual and social skills necessary to assume positions of ethical leadership in American households, schools, communities and abroad with strength and dignity. We seek to equip our young ladies with the tools necessary to be the first to break glass ceilings in their respective areas of influence. We seek to empower our young ladies to embrace biblical leadership.

We, by virtue of our unique programming, hope that every young lady that completes a minimum of 1-year with The First Ladies will re-discover her purpose. We desire to provide college scholarships for all of our 3-year participants. Our annual 21-week programming is designed for girls in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated a desire to unpack self-discovery and her leadership potential and will lead a positive and enduring transformation of their communities and country.

OUR VALUES
 

We support the development of a new generation of women leaders who, by virtue of their education and service, will lead the charge to transform themselves, their communities, and the larger world around them. This goal adheres to the Academy’s principles of Ubuntu, which encompass the ideals of humanity, compassion and service to others. Our motto – First to Love. Honor. Serve. Lead permeates our core values and is central to the way in which we hope that our youth leaders will think, speak, act and interact with others.

We bring the principles of biblical leadership to life with a focus on four core values and 12 pillars of focus:

FIRST TO LOVE Young ladies are expected to demonstrate love and compassion for self, the less privileged, the vulnerable and others in need. This sense of compassion is made active through service projects and other activities that students undertake to offer assistance and support to their fellow human beings whenever possible. These values underpin our expectations for student conduct. Disciplined and responsible behavior, coupled with an understanding of and respect for the rights of other students is essential for the development of harmonious relationships in The Foundation.

FIRST TO HONOR Honor is the foundation upon which students’ thoughts, actions and interactions are based. Young ladies undertake their actions guided by a sense of trust, integrity and responsibility for the decisions that they make. Respect for the inherent dignity of every individual is a fundamental tenet of The Foundation. This respect is manifested through an acceptance of the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas represented by The Foundation’s community of students, mentors, volunteers, speakers and friends.

FIRST TO SERVE Young ladies are expected to develop a lifelong commitment to the service of others. This commitment is actively nurtured within The First Ladies through the young ladies’ engagement in service projects that aim to improve the lives and circumstances of individuals and communities.

FIRST TO LEAD The First Ladies theme of leadership and leadership development is integrated throughout the Foundation in both its mentorship, leadership and social activities. This emphasis is rooted in the eclectic theories of the late Dr. Myles Munroe, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Maxwell and Cathy Truett, which encompasses service is the heart of leadership to humanity. The spirit of leadership is incorporated throughout The Foundation, and is central to the way in which student leaders think, speak and interact with others.

 
 

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Headquartered in the State of Georgia, First Ladies Youth Leadership Foundation, Inc. has been providing the next generation of leaders with world class training and leadership development since 2008.

  • 2008The Beginning

    Our Founder, Lady Antoinette L Dunstan, and her mentor the late, Lady Earnestine (Tina) Vaughn create the mission for the soon-to-be-named First Ladies Youth Leadership & Etiquette Institute.
  • October 2009The Launch

    The one-of-a-kind 21-week afterschool program, The First Ladies Youth Leadership & Etiquette Institute was chartered in Conyers, Ga. In partnership with Memorial Middle School, six incredible grade 6 Rockdale County Public Schools students received regular mentorship.
  • 2010Growing Strong

    With 300% student participation growth at Memorial Middle School, First Ladies Youth Leadership & Etiquette Institute started to provide multi-grade and multi-level mentorship for grades 6-8 girls.
  • 2011Open Doors

    As a 21-day summer program providing enriching opportunities and national college tour experiences, the First Ladies Youth Leadership & Etiquette Academy officially opened its doors in the month of June on the picturesque grounds of the Conyers private school, Eastminster on Lennox Road.
  • 2012FLYLA Merger

    The afterschool and summer programs merged into one afterschool program. The new program was named the First Ladies Youth Leadership & Etiquette Academy and Institute.
  • 2013I Have a Dream

    Our Founder and select students meet with Congressman John Lewis to give an understanding of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and the sacrifices made by the late John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mentee.
  • 2014On the News

    Grades 6-8 First Ladies learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles and six steps of nonviolence. Lady Cionne Gates reported her experience during an interview with Channel 2 News during the SCLC Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference.
  • 2015Advocating for Girls Mentorship

    Grades 6-8 Fiest Ladies, Our Founder and Middle School Mentor are featured on Atlanta Live Television.
  • 2016 & 2017Local Program. Global Reach.

    Grades 6-8 First Ladies created a school supply campaign with the goal of donating 500 supplies. We exceeded our goal. First Ladies donated 1000+ supplies to children at a local school in Ghana, Africa for two consecutive years.
  • 2016Global Change Agents

    Congressman Hank Johnson meets with First Ladies scholars and parents at the U.S. State Capital in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues concerning girl's education and equity.
  • 2018On American Airlines…Going to the United Nations

    First Ladies flies to New York City for a private tour of the United Nations and New York University.
  • 2018Huddles & Heels

    In partnership with Nalley Automotive and Soles for Souls, First Ladies hosts Huddle & Heels, a community fundraiser giving mothers and guests step-by-step plays on the game of football while collecting shoes for children in need.
  • 2019It's Official

    2019-A genesis. The First Ladies Youth Leadership Foundation, Inc. was established.
  • 2019FLON

    Lady Shundra Green and the First Ladies of Newton High School join the First Ladies Youth Leadership Foundation, Inc.
  • 2020General Motors

    For 3-consecutive years, First Ladies is chosen as the corporation’s community grant award recipient.
  • 2021Madison News

    Morgan County Citizens publishes the First Ladies holds the Inaugural Christmas Tea at Proprietor Kathi Russell’s Merchants Hall in Madison, Georgia.
  • 2022Expansion

    First Ladies expands to Henry County. In partnership with the Counseling Department, First Ladies is chartered at Stockbridge Middle School.
  • 2023History makers: Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council

    Under the leadership of our Founder and our 2009 First Ladies Charter Member, Lady Imani Williams, First Ladies partners with the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC) in late September.
  • 2024Empowering Scholars

    In January, under the umbrella of CREDC, First Ladies establishes the inaugural community-based Junior CREDC Board for the City of Conyers and Rockdale County. In collaboration with Kappa League this Generation Z committee provides an exchange of ideas in the strategic planning and building of the city.
  • 2025Coming Next

    Coming Soon!