Welcome 2 Reality, LLC, is a Connecticut based company who provides a variety of services to children and families. We are committed to raising awareness of media literacy by educating and empowering individuals of how to use critical thinking skills to see these mediums for what they truly are.

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Founders

Anthony Gay, BA

Anthony Gay, BA
Director of Curricula Development​

Anthony Gay joined the field of Human Services after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, from Post University in 1997. Since then, he has been devoted to improving the lives of families and the community.

Anthony is a former high school and college basketball coach and had a successful collegiate career as a basketball player. Anthony coached the Wilbur Cross High school Girls Summer Basketball Team and was the Head Assistant Coach at Post University for three years.

Years after graduating from Post University and running a successful local Independent Music Label and other businesses, Anthony returned to Post University to serve as an Adjunct Professor, teaching a College Success Seminar Course & Civility 101. Anthony still conducts lectures at various colleges regularly.

Consequently, Anthony grew more passionate about teaching, and he went on to learn how to research, develop training modules /curriculums, and facilitate training. Anthony then spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules for fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking, to name a few.

Anthony has also developed, co-created, and facilitated the Man Up Program Youth Series; for incarcerated at-risk youth. This curriculum educated young men on the impact of male dominance and aspects of unhealthy manhood that lead to sexual exploitation of women.

For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

Anthony’s other professional experiences include:

Assessing the risk and safety of children in their families and communities.

Assessing and addressing the needs of children under the age of twelve with severe mental health issues and DSM V diagnoses.

Evaluating and ensuring the safety and well-being of children in their homes

Providing training to non-profit and faith-based organizations with vital information about the dangers associated with the Internet and the adverse impact that social media may have; while simultaneously providing safe alternatives to utilize technology.

Helping at-risk youth with criminal, substance abuse, and permanency issues.

Providing services and support for victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.

Family conferencing facilitation

Responsible for assessing youth’s need for social services, educational services, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, sexual and or domestic violence services, also evaluate their family, social, medical, psychiatric, and psycho-economic history.

Developed the “Real Talk” mentoring program, which provided mentoring services for at-risk youth with limited social capital lacking community connections. The program enhanced socialization, peer relation, and interpersonal skills. Through group interactions, one on one intervention, and therapeutic recreational activities, this program provided the necessary coping skills and tools to allow them to function appropriately in placement, and consistently sustain such behaviors once returned to the community

Developed the “1st Gen ” Mentoring Program which provided on-campus services to 1st Generation college students lacking community support and connections

Prior Employment History

Assistant Director/ Program Coordinator for At-Risk Youth Placed in a Safe Home – Family & Children’s Aide

Director of Therapeutic Sports Program – Boys & Gills Village

Behaviorist/Case management – Boys & Gills Village

Life Skills Coordinator/ Case manager – Youth Fair Chance

Admissions Counselor – Post University

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Marcus Stallworth, LMSW

Marcus Stallworth, LMSW
Director of Learning and Organizational Development

Marcus Stallworth, LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), operates with an assertive hands-on approach. Spending close to 20 years providing Child Protective Services, he is recognized by the State of Connecticut as an expert witness, providing testimony in numerous court proceedings. He has spearheaded several initiatives to promote fathers’ engagement, prevent abuse and neglect, and address the dangers of Social Media. He has direct experience educating and supporting victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, training staff on sexual orientation and gender identity, and advocating for those in Foster Care. He played a leadership role in Connecticut’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network and oversaw recovery efforts in Newtown, CT, after December 14, 2012.

Marcus is a national Training and Development Specialist for the Child Welfare League of America, where he provides training, curriculum development, and consultation services for foster care agencies across the country. He is also the co-owner of Welcome 2 Reality, LLC, which focuses on providing media literacy and education for students and parents regarding social media and technology. Stallworth and his team are credited for getting Public Act 17-67 passed into law in Connecticut, mandating steps be taken to provide social media literacy education in all public schools. He currently teaches a self-created elective entitled: Social Media: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly at the University of Bridgeport. He has taught courses at Post University, the University of Connecticut, and is currently teaching in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in Manhattan. Marcus serves on the Board of Directors of the National Foster Parent Association and plays a leadership role in Connecticut’s Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Team (FELT). He is also a member of Media Literacy Now’s national advisory council, which provides educators with advocacy and resources on media literacy education in schools.

In addition to his experience with the direct practice, advocacy, and crisis intervention, he has taught the following relevant undergraduate and graduate courses:

Crisis Management (University of Bridgeport)

Intro to Counseling (University of Bridgeport)

Group Interaction (University of Bridgeport)

Low-Income Families (UCONN)

Social Policy, Graduate Online (Post University)

Ethics, Graduate Online (Post University)

First-Year Experience (Post University)

Social Media, The Good, Bad, and the Ugly (self-created elective at the University of Bridgeport)

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Qur-an Webb, MSW

Qur-an Webb, MSW
Director of Operations

Qur-an Webb graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Communication and has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years. Qur-an is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 passed in Connecticut which in part mandates education on the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction in the public school system. This Bill went into effect July 1, 2016 and the passing of Public Act 17-67 in an advisory council must be was created related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy effective July 1, 2017. He also works as an independent contractor for Bristol Youth Services, where he provides clinical services to individuals and families throughout Bristol, Connecticut. Qur-an is an adjunct instructor at Manchester Community College, University of Bridgeport, and Wesleyan University and a certified field instructor for college students. He is a graduate of the Elm City Fellowship for Children and Families sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The fellowship allowed him to broaden his knowledge about what it takes for effective transformational leadership.

Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

Qur-an oversees all aspects of Welcome 2 Reality’s daily operations, ensuring they meet the set objectives for growth and development. He has spearheaded the establishment and maintenance of a work environment that enables employees to perform their duties accordingly and efficiently. Qur-an also assists in facilitating training, outreach programs, and performance reviews.

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