Alma L. Venisee,
Executive Director



In 1997, a group of girls residing in Friendship, a community Southwest of the City of Quincy, Florida began talking to each other about how bored and restless they were. At that same time, a neighbor, Alma Venisee, whose only daughter had moved to Atlanta (to start her own career working with troubled youth) had a need to do “girly” things with girls. As fate brought Alma and the girls together, they talked about their boredom and restlessness. The more Alma talked with the girls she became increasingly concerned with the lack of opportunities and positive role models in the lives of these girls.

Alma began meeting with them in her home twice a week. The girls named their group “Girls With Power”. They went to the movies and out to eat to celebrate their achievements. The girls’ parents were pleased with the changes they saw in their daughters. Accordingly, they started donating monies for trips and food for the girls’ Sunday afternoon socials.

As a result of the “Girls With Power” success growth and personal development, Alma was determined to help African American youth overcome the societal ills and shortfalls rural youth encounter. Later in 1997, Alma Venisee organized and incorporated a nonprofit, “INVESTING IN OUR YOUTH, INC" and opened a second center in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012.



We appreciate our partners who assist in providing services and facilitating community programs.
(See our community programs below)


Brightside MultiMedia
New Life Community Center
Gadsden County School District
Gadsden County Sheriff Dept
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition
Florida Dept of Health
Florida Dept of Education
Florida Dept of Juvenile Justice
Mt. Moriah MBC












Mentorship Program – provides advice and guidance from a positive role model and promotes youth and human development. Additionally, the program provides education and training for youth and young adults in preparation for manhood, womanhood and community investment. IOY’s mentorship program is a semester, ending with a ceremony held at the end of each semester. The programs run five cycles per year, developing youth and supportive parents. The outreach of this program will extend beyond the training of the program, with speaking engagements to schools, churches and other community organizations.

Personal Development Sessions – to address cultural awareness, family stability, domestic violence drug and alcohol awareness, economic awareness, conflict reconciliation, spiritual, physical, and intellectual awareness, aesthetic art, and entrepreneurship.

Community Service – to provide opportunities for youth to carry out their court ordered sanctions. Service Learning/Volunteer

Public Service – links academic work with practical experience by helping students develop a balanced approach to their own education.


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