On September 29, 2015, a wonderful person and the original “JAIAnt” (JAIA YOUth Leader), Garygene Leon Jefferson, passed away after a brave battle with cancer. He lives on in our hearts and the work of JAIA. He was the embodiment of the youth that JAIA serves – someone who seeks self awareness mastery, and is capable of becoming a conscious leader of his or her community. He continues to be our inspiration and the soul of JAIA. In honor of his memory and his efforts to fulfill JAIA’s mission, and in order to carry on his legacy, we are launching a memorial fund in his name. The Garygene Leon Jefferson Memorial Scholarship Fund JAIAnt STEPS Campaign  offers scholarships to youth in support of their personal development, mental health and vision for the future.

Click  the Donate Button (bottom of page for mobile users) to make a one time donation or 

Take a JAIAnt STEP and support our Monthly Donor program!

100% of your monthly tax deductible donations…

  1.  Provide stipends for our JAIAnts to travel to and facilitate workshops, allowing them to share what they have learned through JAIA to other NYC/NJ youth.

  2. Scholarships a JAIAnt to complete a class, project, portfolio, program or showcase that is in support of their vision for their future.

  3. Fund a scholarship to JAIA’s  “#KNOWYOURWORTH Personal Development Retreat” which gives youth a chance to heal wounds that have limited their perception of self and have blocked their personal progress.

  4. Supports youth with emergency funds to meet their basic needs when faced with problematic life challenges.

  Choose monthly payments! Click the “Donate” button and mark “monthly payments”

As a monthly donor, you will receive…

  • Insider Updates on the progress that JAIAnt’s are making in the development of their vision.

  •  a special invite for you and a guest of your choice, to attend our SEEDS FOR YOUR SOUL Group Life Coaching Sessions facilitated by amazing professional life coaches.

  • a Donor Mention on our Social Media platforms.

  • promotion of your name or your business on our website or social media

Here’s how to get started…Simply click on the donate here button or link and choose the monthly payments option. After your first payment we will reach out to you to discuss the length of time you’d like to commit to, knowing you can change or stop your payment at any time.

There are no minimum or maximum monthly donations.

  • $25 monthly supports two (2) JAIAnts with transportation & lunch to facilitate workshops or offer community service.

  • $50  monthly supports one (1) JAIAnt who has re-enrolled in school to pay for basic needs i.e. transportation, food or personal need.

  • $75 monthly ensures that two (2) JAIAnts will be able attend our annual #KNOWYOURWORTH retreat.

  • $115 monthly ensures that (1) JAIAnt participates in the YOUth Leadership Council for 1 year with quarterly stipend and annual retreat.

  • $250 monthly scholarships a young person into a year long course, training or program of their choice that will enhance their career or vision for their future, along with our annual retreat and leadership trip.

  • $500-$1000 monthly ensures that our  YOUth Leadership Council (6-12 YOUth)  receive quarterly stipends for 1 year, annual retreat, leadership trip, and graduation experience

        Your Donation can also be paid by check. Make checks payable to “JAIAYOUth Empowerment”.

Mail to “JAIA YOUth Empowerment” P.O. Box 20226 Brooklyn NY 11202-0226