INTRODUCTIONS: Zelonia Williams gets minds back on track for the future

Zelonia L. Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education said she established her adult education program after working as a professor and realizing that many of her students lacked basic competency skills in the classroom, prohibiting them from achieving satisfactory scores to complete their degree programs. 

She also felt unfomfortable with attendance policies that forced her to fail students after missing a specified number of days, even if they were going through difficult life circumstances, like the loss of a parent, for example. Instead of watching the consequences of life continue to complicate the lives of those students, she started her own educational program to give them an alternate path to be success. 


Q: Tell me about the program and what inspired you to start it.  

A: Future Minds Literacy and Adult Education Inc. invites students—free of charge—to participate in a learning community that allows them to work at their own pace, address barriers to learning, and identify their personal learning styles. Future Minds Inc., has developed a plan to improve the academic and technical skills of students participating in the GED/Literacy Program by strengthening the academic, career, and technical education components.


Q: What are some of the student perks of  enrolling in the program?

A: We offer a curriculum that teaches students social skills, soft skills, employability skills, money management skills, stocks and Forex, community resources, and financial management skills for real life situations. We also provide remediation, and supplement traditional academic skills by using alternative teaching and learning strategies that relate real life situations. Students develop basic skills in reading, writing, math, language arts, and social studies. We assist with transportation as well as financial assistance with practice and official GED Exam.   


Q: How has the program grown over the years?

A: Future Minds Inc. Incorporated a curriculum that creates an alternate solution for students in high school that serves to engage students in relevant learning by allowing them to enroll in either a college or technical career education program or enroll in employment. We now assist students with completing college applications as well as scholarships and grants.   


Q: What happens on Aug. 28 at the 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Cocktail Party?

A: Savannah’s most stylish cocktail party will feature live music, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 


Q: What is this event intended to support? 

A: All event proceeds will support Future Minds’ program, which helps individuals who do not yet have a high school diploma to attain a GED. This includes transportation, books, pre-GED Exam and Official GED Exam help.

General admission tickets to the event cost $60. VIP tickets cost $75 and include a special event swag bag. All tickets can be purchased online. Table sponsorships are also available for $800 each. To purchase a ticket and sponsor a table, please contact Zelonia Williams at 912-596-5554 or email

Williams lives and works in Savannah, and has two beautiful children Rashawnda and Devoris. She also has a four-legged Standard Poodle son (service dog), Vulpix.

About The Author

Brandy Simpkins

Brandy Simpkins is the community/ event journalist for Connect Savannah. Simpkins is a born and raised Savannahian and an alumna of Savannah Savannah State University where she received her B.A. in English Language & Literature. Simpkins enjoys writing more than anything else in the world. She is a curious journalist,...
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