What's it like having an activist as a mom? This family says it's pretty awesome.

Schyla Pondexter-Moore divorced her husband, the father of her kids, in part because he didn't understand the importance of the work she was doing.

Pondexter-Moore works as a community organizer with Empower DC. There, she advocates for affordable housing and fights gentrification and displacement in largely African-American communities.

It's a job she takes incredibly seriously. But she said her ex-husband would often tell her, "You care more about the community than you care about your own kids."

What he didn't get was that, for her, there's no separating the two.

"As a mother, number one, if you're going to fight for something, always fight for your children," she said.

For Pondexter-Moore, the long hours she spends battling real-estate developers and other outsiders not only ensure the preservation of her community — the home she and her kids love deeply — they also help instill the values every parent wants their children to inherit.

"As a mother, I want my children to know their worth, to know they don't have to settle for less," she said. She wants them to know they're strong. To stand up for themselves. To know that anything is possible.

To her, the easiest way to teach those virtues is to live them herself.

Learn more about Schyla Pondexter-Moore's advocacy work and what her kids think of having an activist for a mom.

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This story was originally shared on Capital One.

Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

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