Shakira Rouse

Founder of Special Compass

Shakira Rouse is an educator, advocate and entrepreneur. As an adult with a learning disability, she believes in the power of “training your mind to excel”. Previously struggling with her learning disability, Shakira regularly experienced emotional frustration and stress but, at twenty-five, this ambitious young woman has a vision to help make a difference in the education of those with learning challenges; to help ensure that no student has to relive the frustrations that she faced.

Fly Girl Since

November 2014


The Winning Team

  • Pauleanna Reid, Career Strategist
  • Safia Bartholomew, Creative Wordsmith + Publicist
  • Ashlei Iris, Photographer
  • Toussaint H. E. Brown, Web Designer
  • Ken Thomas, Financial Advisor
  • Aaron Charles, Realtor + Founder of REAP
  • Nicole Marshall, Business Plan writer

The Challenge

Shakira joined New Girl On The Block with one goal in mind; to help students transition successfully into different educational milestones and to provide a safe and inspiring learning environment that motivates, encourages, and inspires students with learning challenges to find the joy in learning. Pursuing her passion with a heart of pure gold, Shakira knew she had to assemble a team to help exceed her business objectives.

The Objectives

  • Ongoing mentorship: career strategies, life planning, business etiquette skills
  • Financial management + Home Ownership
  • Business plan creation
  • Photo shoot + Creative Direction
  • Biography Construction + Website Branded Content
  • Platform Development: Website & Social Media
  • Build community partnerships
  • Product Development

The Results

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased time management and decision-making skills
  • Solidified a business plan
  • Created a financial plan to decrease debt and increase income streams
  • Purchased first investment property in 2015
  • Successfully launched
  • Social Media development (ongoing)
  • Customer service training & Business etiquette skills (ongoing) 

The Bottom Line

Special Compass is an educational service centred for students with Learning Disabilities and special needs; it is a business tailored to specific audiences, which will provide highly interactive learning experiences.



New Girl on the Block is a mentorship program but way sicker than your average. We believe that no woman is an island – we excel when we seek the love, support & guidance of other strong women to help elevate us. Whether you are ready to publish your debut novel, own your own business, move across the globe or climb the ranks to your dream position, we are here to guide and support you every step of the way.