JAIA’s Founder

Gena Jefferson

Who is Rev. Gena Jefferson, LCSW?

Gena Jefferson is passionate about creating environments where people can feel safe, empowered and free to express their individuality.  She is inspired to teach adolescents and young adults to value their mental health and peace of mind.

Gena has Master Degrees, in Education, Educational Administration and Social Work from varied institutions. She was ordained by the Interfaith Council of New York, and her Spiritual Life Coaching Training and Certificate comes from Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development founded and directed by the Masterful Coach Rev Dr. Iyanla Vanzant.

Gena served as a Certified Facilitator for Motivating The Teen Spirit, a national training and development company founded by Lisa Nichols, world-renowned motivational speaker and author of “No Matter What!” She was spotlighted in the “Dignity of Children Newsletter” for bringing Motivating the Teen Spirit to New York City in April 2009 www.dignityofchildren.org.

Gena presented a workshop “The Spirit of Black Youth- Theorizing a [spiritual] path toward positive         youth development” at the University of Akron’s Black Male conference 2012 presenting on JAIA’s model.

At the 2017, Night Of Excellence, Gena was awarded the Lydia Martinez Award  from the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault for outstanding service and collaboration in the field of violence prevention.Gena has served as Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer and Field Instructor at Rutgers University, Columbia University and Fordham University Graduate School’s of Social Work. She is co-owner of “Overture Wellness:Begin with Purpose” a Spiritual Life Coaching Practice. She has been quoted in numerous media outlets and most recently appeared on, “THE COUCH” a CBS Morning News show, and WPIX Channel 11 morning news.

For more information about Gena, see her profile on psychology.com or reach out via email.