Founded in 2012, L.O.V.E Our Youth, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing programs for youth throughout Central Florida. Our mission is to encourage youth to embrace their self-worth and value life’s lessons in order to maximize their potential.
L.O.V.E Our Youth supports youth through providing mentorship, special events, and workshops that support all areas of a youth’s life. In addition, L.O.V.E Our Youth collaborates with community organizations, combining resources to generate a greater impact on the lives of our youth.
With a desire to serve our community in a greater capacity, L.O.V.E Our Youth, Inc. was launched with the first event held by Founder and Board Chair, Lasheena Williams, MNM, CNP who stepped out on faith and posted a flyer for the first meeting. One mentee attended the first meeting and from there, it evolved into a platform for other mentors to donate their time and resources to help uplift the youth. For the mentee, it became a catalyst to recruit other friends and family to join and benefit from the valuable experiences offered by these mentors. Every meeting grew the membership of L.O.V.E Our Youth and eventually expanded its mission.
As these meetings progressed, the following needs became apparent:
Our youth are in need of caring adults from various walks of life.
Many adults have a heart to give but may not have the time to plan experiences with our youth.
Our nonprofit and/or community organizations do not need another organization to compete with, but a partner to collaborate with.
This led to the launch of the three program focus areas:
- L.O.V.E Our Youth
- L.O.V.E Our Community
- L.O.V.E Others