Mitchell awarded for her passions

Allison B. Hudson

Mentor Tanesha Landix-Mitchell was born in 1975 and she is the daughter of Mrs. Wanda Howard-Winchester and Mr. Wayne Landix. She is a lifelong resident of Donaldsonville and was educated through the Ascension Parish School System.

She is a 1993 Graduate of Donaldsonville High and a 1995 Graduate of Ascension College of Gonzales, where she became a certified Medical Office Specialist.

She was reared by her grandmother Mrs. Mercedes D. Howard and was baptized by Pastor Victor Pedescleaux at the St. Philip Baptist Church in Modeste.

At St. Philip, Mentor Tanesha became involved in the Youth Choir, later she became a Youth User and served as a Youth Leader for the entire Youth Department. As she grew in Ministry and the Will of God, she became a stronger, wiser and much better servant of God after placing her membership with the Fountain of Faith Christian Center in Donaldsonville under the leadership of Founder & Pastor Christopher D. Smith Sr, and First Lady Shanita Smith Co-founder.

She has continued to serve her Father in becoming a Usher, and matured into the Youth Committee President. Her purpose as the Youth Leader is to create youth participation, and involvement in ministry activities and also expose and enrich you with recreational and educational travels. Mentor Tanesha was recently selected as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for the Donaldsonville High School.

“Proverbs 3:5-6 states trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding but in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path is a verse I live by,” said Mitchell.

“In 2011 God was still at work in her life and he allowed me some trials and tribulations, but through it alI I continued to trust him, knowing it was only for a Season and that what I went through wasn’t for me, but it would be my testimony to help someone else,” she said. “Coming out still claiming victory, I was listening to self and not God. So I turned my heart, and ears to my Father above and he said use what I had to go through in order to glorify him in a mighty way.”

Mitchell began planning her first event.  In June 2011, she held her first annual Girls Impact/ Pajama Party Night. The event was geared toward enlightening and empowering young ladies about everyday life issues and situations. The empowerment session shed light to Peer Pressure, Teen Age Pregnancy, STD’s, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness.

“I shared my past hurt and pain & God’s Plan with my aunt Mrs. Claudine Brown, friend Mrs. Tarleisha Miles, and First Lady Shanita. They were excited about what God wanted me to do. Their words were “Go for It, we got your Back,” she shared. “They indeed had my back, Tarleisha opened up her home, heart, & mind, Claudine, said “whatever you need let me know,” and First Lady Shanita agreed to come and speak to the young ladies on the importance of remaining abstinence until they are married.

Mitchell explains that her purpose is to inspire, encourage, mentor and support and to build strong God Fearing Women.

She established colors for the group with a distinct meaning to each color. The colors are (Purple) Royalty, Power, Strength (Pink) Beauty, Love (White) Cleanliness & Purity. First Lady Shanita Smith gave a briefing on Peer Pressure, Personal Hygiene; I then briefed them on Appearance, Attitudes, Respect, Teenage Pregnancy and etc.

We also had a question and answer period, and Claudine Brown served refreshments. Along with the empowerment and encouraging session, we also go skating, bowling, to the movies and celebrate each other’s birthdays.

“We live, laugh, have fun and most of all we love. From this meeting I promised to the girls that we would meet at least once every month or every other month. With God as my strength I have been able to keep my promise. For that I say To God be The Glory,” she added.

Tanesha Landix-Mitchell has been married to Stanley J. Mitchell Jr. for 10 years and is the mother of three of God’s most wonderful Blessings. Cortez ,18, who just recently graduated from Donaldsonville High School, Paige, 16 and Tre’von, 11.

“My children and extended family is my life. I love spending time with them. I am my childrens number one supporter and cheerleader,” she explains.

Tanesha is extremely proud of her son Cortez Mitchell who signed an Athletic Scholarship to attend Chadron State College in Nebraska.

Mitchell explains that her desires and goals for each of the young ladies that she mentors is to keep God first in everything they do, complete High School, further their education and become successful young women, so they can make a positive difference in society. Her future plans are to become a local business owner, and continue to do God’s work not just locally but nationally.