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.

  To choose monthly payments! Click the “Donate” button and mark “monthly payments”

        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