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Clara is the epitome of Girl Boss and Phenomenal Woman, all wrapped in one! We met in Grad School at LMU through a mutual friend. She’s always been kindhearted, full of life, and a true friend, who eventually turned into a big sister! I look up to her and admire her for her work ethic, from the way she carries herself with such poise and class, to how she handles business with style and grace! An advocate, counselor, game changer, and beautiful Black Queen. She uplifts the special needs community and always puts her clients first! She goes above and beyond to ensure clients get the adequate care they need, providing parents/caregivers with long lasting tools for their children to live a meaningful life. I am truly inspired by her and her advocacy for children on the Autism spectrum.
Here’s her story:
Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?
My name is Clara Youngblood and I am the Founder/CEO of Full Spectrum Child Care here in Los Angeles, CA. Full Spectrum Child Care is a private company that provides respite services for families with children on the Autism spectrum. I met Bree through a mutual friend on campus while we attended LMU to obtain our Masters Degrees. We instantly became friends and shared a few classes together. My most fondest memory of Bree was our girls getaway to The Grand Canyon!! We shared SO MANY LAUGHS. Bree embodied the love and kindness you’d want in a friend; in a sister.
What inspired you to start your company? When was it founded and why?
The inspiration behind Full Spectrum Child Care came from the lack of services for families, parents/caregivers in particular, who needed additional support to raise their children with special needs.
What is the main focus of your business?
The main focus of the business is to provide parents/caregivers the opportunity to pour into themselves. Whether that be getting out of the house for a few hours, going on dates/fun outings with friends or even taking a much needed nap all while knowing someone who is qualified and compassionate is caring for your child.
What do you hope your target audience/population you serve gains from utilizing your services?
I hope that all of my clients gain the confidence in knowing that their child is capable of living, developing and experiencing life just like any other child. I want them to walk away feeling like their child has gained a sense love and appreciation of their own individual ways from someone outside of their family, because the world can be so cruel.
What does influence mean to you?
What words of encouragement would you give others who may want to start a company, more specifically an LLC?
Keep going!! There were many times that I considered stopping because I was overwhelmed or that I felt like others didn’t value or even see my vision. I never quit seeking.
What are your top 3 favorite blogs that you follow?
My top 3 favorite blogs are Laina Rauma, Thee Heart of the Matter 🙂 , and Kaye McCoy.