To create a global community of forward-thinking educators who let their students lead the way to a positive social change.


Truth. Integrity. Equity for ALL.


We are a minority & women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) that provides training and development for educators of all levels with the purpose of inspiring youth to THRIVE. Our main goal is to equip educators with the tools necessary to raise the next generation of creators, change makers and social entrepreneurs, and provide real world learning for young people through mentorship with corporations and business owners.

We strive to reduce inequality in education by teaching youth from underserved communities the mindset of an entrepreneur and helping them build 21st-century skills necessary to succeed in the fast-paced, ever-changing modern-day world of technology.


Sonia M. Toledo founded Dignity of Children® in 2008 with the vision of creating programs that would support families holistically and help reduce inequality in education. She holds a PhD in education (with the focus on global training & development) and has more than 25 years of experience working in the after-school field, building quality programming for students in elementary through high school during out of school time.

Sonia is a writer, speaker, and social entrepreneur whose primary focus is emotional intelligence training, youth development, and organizational culture change. She has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Children’s Aid Society, Child Care Inc., and has served as the President of NYS Network for Youth Success (formerly known as NYS School Age Care Coalition). When Sonia founded Dignity of Children® she decided that the best approach for child and youth development was to educate adults in order to help them create environments for children that would make them feel emotionally safe while allowing them to develop their self-worth.

Over the years Dignity of Children®, a certified MWBE, has served child care programs across New York City & State leaving each client satisfied and ready to return for more of Sonia’s exceptional child and youth development trainings.