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“JAIA Just As I AM YOUth Empowerment, is a personal and spiritual development leadership program serving girlyouth and young adults ages 13-24.”

JAIA YOUth was founded in 2010, by Gena C. Jefferson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Educator and ordained Interfaith Minister with more than 20 years of experience working with youth & families.

heart rockI know how important it was to me, as a teenager, to have an adult who took the time to listen and to help me believe in myself. Adolescence/young adulthood is a very challenging time and parents, as well as youth, need other adults to help fill in the gaps… I want every young person to realize that his/her thoughts, feelings, actions and mere presence make a difference in this world!”

Our organization is led by of a diverse group of multi-cultural & multi-ethnic professionals, youth, and volunteers, dedicated to holistic growth on all levels of being.

Our mission: To empower youth/young adults towards self-mastery and images-10leadership through the use of Universal Life Principles and Mindfulness techniques, for the purpose of encouraging mental health & promoting positive youth development.

Our vision: To create national and global youth empowerment training programs, based on the teaching of Universal Life Principles that are for, led by and sustained by, youth and young adults.

To sign up for upcoming workshops or to join our mailing list Contact Us!