Javania M. Webb- Founder, Executive Director & President
Javania has over 13 years of life experience in program development, mentoring, and planning events to help individuals with self-care. Her motto is ‘Empowering Through Experience’ which has helped her in obtaining a wealth of knowledge to serve youth and adults. In her 10 years of professional experience, Javania has successfully developed, managed, and implemented programs for a range of family and youth development programs, which include serving as the Family and Student Mentor with Grace Hill Settlement House.
Javania’s passion is helping youth of color ‘figure out and embrace their WORTH’ which is in alignment with You Are Worthy, Incorporated and volunteer endeavors’. Javania served for two years with Queen of Peace Center as a Substance Abuse Case Manager and four years at Chestnut Health Systems as a Crisis Specialist. Javania has over 14 years of mentoring with different agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Javania is a graduate of Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville with a bachelors degree in Sociology, Lindenwood University with a master of arts in non-profit administration, and she is currently working on a Social Justice in Education doctoral degree at University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Opening You Are Worthy, Incorporated in the St. Louis area keeps diversity and inclusion at the forefront. Javania wished that program like You Are Worthy, Inc was around when she was in high school and college to help her focus on educational goals.
Tatiana L. Lane-Secretary
For over 10 years, Tatiana has advanced her experience with youth through internships, employment opportunities and overtime volunteerism through mentoring. She started as an intern at Cook County Juvenile Court, during her junior year at Howard University. Her desire to grow as a professional and gain work experience led to a passion for working with undeserved and at risk youth. These experiences provided a vast appreciation for the many clubs, extracurricular activities, and summer academic programs in which she participated as a teen. However, it also showed her one of the missing components in the lives of the youth with whom she worked – someone who cared and could help them to see and fulfill their potential. She was determined to be this someone.
Tatiana’s professional experiences includes working as a Case Manager a girls group home, an Advisor to students at an alternative high school and a Program Manager for a teen girls mentoring program. For three years, she volunteered her time as a mentor as well as Program Director, with Ladies of Virtue. During her time with LOV, she proposed and helped to launch an additional program site on the west side of Chicago where Tatiana was born and raised.
She is a proud alumna of Providence St. Mel School, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Howard University, and a Master of Science, with a concentration in Public Service Management, from DePaul University. Tatiana understands the importance of keeping youth active, involved and exposed to programs that will put them at a competitive edge, while helping them to become leaders within the global community.
Alesia M. Brown- Treasurer
Alesia has 8 years plus experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. She grew up wanting to be a pharmacist and took it a step further to learn how to compound and analyze chemicals and medicine. She’s currently working for a chemical company where she is responsible for inspecting and testing products to make sure they meet required levels of quality.
Alesia is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with degree in Biology and Lindenwood University with a a masters in health care management. Alesia has been mentoring with young girls for the past three years with an agency in St. Louis . Her goal is to encourage young people of all backgrounds to understand the importance of science and that if she can do it , anyone can!!