Shaniyah J. White (born May 13, 2002) is a youth entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker, certified figure skating coach and Learn To Skate USA instructor. Shaniyah is the founder and chief executive officer of Born To Rise Foundation, Inc., founded when she was a junior in high school. She is also the founder, chief executive officer and chairwoman of Shavonne LaBre, L.L.C., a hand-made jewelry company she founded when she was in the second grade and co-founder and co-owner of Artistic Expression Productions, located at Livingston Mall in Livingston New Jersey which offers ice skating, inline/roller skating and games. Shaniyah is passionate about community service. Shaniyah has served as a motivational speaker at various venues designed to empower, enlighten, and encourage youth and regularly organizes fundraisers, exciting community-building programs and events, and in-depth training sessions for youth. Speaking engagements have included Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey, County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey, and Cicely Tyson School of Performing & Fine Arts in East Orange, New Jersey.
The Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey was Shaniyah’s home rink until she opened her rink in 2021. Shaniyah has been an Essex County resident for over 20 years. Her first experience on the ice was a lesson with Figure Skating Coach Lisa Kops at the Essex County Codey Arena (then named Richard J. Codey Arena) 20 years ago in 2003. Shaniyah began training at the Arena at the age of 8 and began private lessons at the Arena. Shaniyah’s first skating coach was national and international coach Neil Rubin and her second coach is two-time Olympian and world medalist JoJo Starbuck, who she still trains with today. Shaniyah is also trained in Ballet and has a Ballet On Ice off-ice and on-ice training program for skaters ages 3 through adult.
Shaniyah is an active full member of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). She holds the Professional Skaters Association Basic Accreditation Rating, maintain Coach Compliance in accordance to USFSA and PSA rules, and meet all the requirements as a Certified Coach. Shaniyah has been teaching ice skating for over five years. Shaniyah teaches synchronized skating and taught for the Synchroettes Syncronized Skating Teams whose home rink was the Essex County Codey Arena for over 20 years. As a popular figure skating coach formerly at the Essex County Codey Arena, Shaniyah had over 50 students on her roster and provided private coaching and group lessons to skaters of all ages at Essex County Codey Arena which led to her opening skating rinks at Livingston Mall to meet the demand. She teaches basic through progressive skating techniques to children and adults, including children and adults with special needs. Shaniyah was a volunteer coach for the Essex Special Skaters charity program that helps special needs athletes of all ages master the sport of ice skating and was actively involved with Special Olympics events until 2020.
As an active leader in the community, Shaniyah continuously seek ways to serve and improve the community. In 2018, Shaniyah organized a fundraiser to benefit The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She partnered with James Howard, owner of the Cosy Cupboard Tea Room, to host a Recovery Tea Fundraiser to support The Burn Center's mission of offering specialty care and implementing community fire prevention and burn safety programs. As the result of the Recovery Tea Fundraiser event, a bake sale, and monetary gifts from donors which include the East Orange Fire Department and Orange Fire Department, Shaniyah raised $1,500.00 for The Burn Center. In 2019, Shaniyah was featured in the newspaper as a result of a fundraiser that she hosted to raise funds for her hometown’s Senior, Youth and Leisure Services (SYLS) department for senior programming in Livingston, New Jersey. See the following link:
NEW! Free Youth Figure Skating Classes | Day 2
In an effort to bring in more diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport of figure skating, Certified Figure Skating Coach and Learn To Skate USA Instructor Shaniyah J. White provides skating lessons to youth that she organized through her community-based nonprofit organization, BORN TO RISE FOUNDATION, INC. At age 16, Shaniyah founded the organization with the mission to provide mentorship to youth which focuses on building self-empowerment and leadership skills while helping them launch their passion and purpose into the world. We have no paid staff and run entirely by volunteers.
Training focuses on building and developing a set of skills that are designed for the skaters to optimize their potential on and off the ice. The classes began at the Essex County Codey Arena and have been held at American Dream located at 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073 since 2020. The classes for the learn to skate initiative began on September 17, 2020. The classes are currently offered once a week on Sundays. Classes are run year round (session times may vary each season).
We serve a diverse group of skaters from ages 4 through adult who come from various backgrounds and ethnicities. The skaters we serve reside in the northern New Jersey tri-state area.
The programs are offered to skaters ages 4 through adult. Our mission is to create and cultivate artistic and synchronized skating that exemplifies diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport of figure skating, preparing skaters to enter a variety of disciplines.
Training sessions are designed to be both fun and enriching. We use a holistic approach for instruction that provides skaters with a solid foundation on which to build their skills in order to instill discipline, courage, perseverance, and resilience in their overall development. Sessions also focus on building a strong foundation that promote positive social skills, develop leadership, inspire greater self-confidence, and instill a lifelong love of skating. For more information, please email us at: email@example.com.