Jalayah, 20yrs old, was a full time student enrolled at the University of North Alabama seeking a degree in Criminal Justice. She held down two jobs, Dairy Queen and Northwest Mental Health in Jasper. She was a graduate from Walker High School class of 2015 where she finished with an Advance Diploma. She was a hard working, determined, and independent young lady that loved life, her family and friends. She was filled with a light so bright she was able to lighten up an entire room. Her personality was like no other, she believed in living life to the fullest. Live. Love. Laugh was her motto. And she did just that. On July 22,2017 she was shot, a innocent bystander. We lost our Angel on July 23,2017 due to a act of violence. We as a family wants Jalayah's legacy to continue on.
Our mission is to mentor the youth, teach leadership by building strong and trusting relationships, encourage positive attitudes, improve academic achievement and provide students with the opportunity to learn about potential career options. To provide extensive time for purposeful reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences in all content areas. Our approach is to enhance protective factors to promote positive development. Studies show that positive mentoring relationships can transform the trajectory of young peoples’ lives by leading them away from violent and risky behavior and toward sustainable and productive opportunities. Mentoring has a proven ability to decrease risk factors and enhance protective factors associated with reducing youth violence, such as staying engaged in school or displaying positive social behaviors. By providing youth with the confidence, access to resources, and ongoing support they need to achieve their potential, mentors increase the likelihood of developing the youths’ skills, structures, relationships, values, and beliefs that promote healthy development and lead to future success. When young people are connected to caring adults, the community does better.
Our organization is also focusing on career development and tutoring for the youth. As we go out and mentor the youth on not just gun violence, but everyday life, we want to instill in them qualities that will help them have a successful and prosperous life. We want the youth to know their options and the advantages and disadvantages of different careers, have knowledge on how to preform in an interview, how to write a resume’, how to fill out college and job applications. We want to help each student to preform their best academically and push them to reach their goals. Although we know college isn't for everyone, we encourage it, but there is nothing wrong with finding you a trade, being good at it and putting that trade to use. The results of being a part of our organization, we want the youth to be ready for the real word, gain confidence and knowledge, know how to handle conflict without violence, learn to encourage others, push themselves and know the sky is the limit. Our organization wants to gain the trust of our youth, make them feel safe and provide them with a safe place they can come to; especially when they need our guidance. This world can be cruel but we want our youth to understand that someone is out here that cares and loves them and wants them to succeed in everything they do and we are willing to push them, encourage them, support them and help them reach their goals in life.
All money raised and donated will go towards a scholarship fund we have set up in honor of Jalayah. We're wanting the scholarship to go to a student finishing high school and continuing their education at the college of their choice. We all know college is expensive and sometimes even financial aid still isn’t enough. The idea of helping someone else follow their dream as Jalayah was, brings comfort to our family. We want to let her dream live thru someone else.
We would love meeting with you with any questions you may have or even any ideas you may have to help the foundation along the way.
2103 Birmingham Ave Jasper, Al 35501
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