Khristal Gooding was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She studied journalism, political science and history at Florida A&M University earning both her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Master's Degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in African-American Studies from the university.

 

While in college, Ms. Gooding began working with teenage girls in the Tallahassee area and eventually co-founded a girls mentoring program which continues to thrive today. In 2003, she incorporated DIVAS, Inc., a mentoring program whose mission is to foster positive youth development and provide opportunities for African-American girls that will assist in preparing them socially, emotionally, intellectually and culturally for passage into womanhood. The program services girls throughout South Florida and holds an annual back-to-school teen summit for the girls of the community.

 

Because her passion has always been writing, in 2007 she became founder and editor-in-chief of Shenique Magazine, a fun and interactive magazine written by girls, for girls. Its mission is to show that teenage girls should embrace their own uniqueness. She believes all girls have a story to tell. Shenique gives them a voice. With the goal of one day being the author of her own book, Ms. Gooding recently completed publication of her first book, Keeping It Real Through Writing.

 

She is currently a social studies teacher with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and adjunct history professor at Miami-Dade College where she teaches Western Civilizations courses. 

 

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Healthy Teens Coalition, the Girls Coalition of Miami-Dade, the Miami-Dade Council for Social Studies, the National Education Association and the FAMU Alumni Association.