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LOV (Life of Virtue) is a non-profit organization that encourages the Power of Self-Compassion, Self-Improvement and Self-Purpose thru Instruction, Positive Influence and Field Exploration.

We mentor youth in the areas of self-purpose, teen related pressures, wellness, communication, leadership, financial responsibility, college preparedness, vocation and etiquette. In each module there is a discussion, speaker, field activity and self-development project specifically related to the module’s subject. During the year the participants are involved in multiple community service events to demonstrate the rewarding effects of community involvement. At the year’s end, participants are required to organize a community service project, attend the youth leadership camp and participate in the cotillion to celebrate commencement of their “Life of Virtue”. Post program participation grants Ambassadorship to the program. The responsibilities of the Ambassadors are to participate in fundraiser, quarterly meetings and 150 hours of community service each year.

In some of the modules LOV partners with existing organizations who have programs targeting specific subjects; such as YMCA (wellness), Harriet Tubman Battered Woman’s Shelter (healthy relationships), MN Teen Challenge (drugs and alcohol abuse) and the University of Minnesota (ACT/SAT and college preparedness).

Brandi Snyder states, “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world”. I saw a need and I realized I wanted to be a part of the solution. Many of the negative choices our young people make are because they don’t truly believe they deserve any better. They have poor self image, because it is often based upon the image, social status/class or accomplishments of others. In LOV we focus on life skills necessary to be successful in their own futures, with their own talents, gifts, and purpose. We promote self-worth and identify that who they are is enough and is necessary for the people they will soon influence, and the people they will soon become. Inadequacy is a state of mind that is not real. Our motto is “Become who you are, you are not what you’ve become”. It is not about where you’ve come from; it is only about what you become! “Living a life of virtue of self-purpose is a choice; but when chosen you may change the world and in doing so you may also change yourself”.

I believe that you can empower the leaders of tomorrow by demonstrating the “Power of Choice”. Choice is a responsibility not a freedom; it can have very real and devastating consequences. Educating each participant about what they are truly giving up, allows for a more “Informed Choice”. At the year’s end the overall goal of LOV is that each participant recognize the significance of living a life of virtue, believe in the extraordinary person they are, understand the power of choice and embrace their power to impact change in the communities they live, learn and love.

Please visit our website at www.livalov.com for more information or to contact us.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Ayanna Stewart, Founder & CEO

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