To implement life skills through educational sessions, motivational speaking, and internal and external experiences that will inspire and motivate young ladies and gentlemen. As a result; they will grow and develop as individuals as we intervene and intercede with our knowledge to naturally encourage them to live beyond their obstacles and dream bigger than they have ever imagined.
To execute the I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program as an intervention program to schools and other educational institutions in the Metro-Detroit Area and ultimately grow to become a national mentoring program serving the needs of thousands of people across the country through educational seminars and empowerment events that inspire masses of men and women through motivational speaking while helping them get the breakthrough of their lifetime.
I.M.A.G.I.N.E (Inspiring to Motivate, Achieve, Grow, Intervene, and Naturally Encourage those who desire change) is a mentoring program that was initially designed to plant the seed into the lives of distressed young women who desire change. This program has been operating since 2010 helping to increase self-esteem in at-risk young women currently in the Metro-Detroit area through group and individual mentoring. In 2017, IMAGINE expanded with an addition to their mentoring initiatives to serve young men who desire change. A dynamic team of mentors have partnered together to serve masses of IMAGINE and IMPACT participants in the Detroit and Metro-Detroit area. This life changing program is designed to help participants understand the importance of serving others as well as adjust any behavioral issues that they may encounter in their personal lives. This program exposes participants to different experiences as well as reinforces the importance of education and becoming a leader. This year the IMAGINE and IMPACT program has been successful in serving students ages 16-24 at the Detroit Job Corps Center and in the Detroit community. In addition to mentoring services to young adult men and women, the IMAGINE Princess Program was formed to serve girls ages 4-8 with the intention to build multiple cohorts to serve all ages 4-24 by the year 2020.
In August of 2010, Latonya Garth seriously contemplated forming a mentoring program to transform the lives of young ladies in the Detroit area. It would be effective in allowing young ladies to have a new perspective and outlook on the ways in which they choose to live their lives. She envisioned a group of underprivileged young ladies with limited goals finding their ways to success, living their lives freely and most importantly, having a peace of mind because they have developed from within using the assistance of the I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program. By knowing their identity and who they want to become, they can continue to plant the seed in others in their surroundings. This was one founder’s dream, and with the help of several close friends who had the same purpose in mind, the I.M.A.G.IN.E Mentoring Program has been successful in meeting the needs of several young ladies in the Detroit Community.
Latonya Garth, saw the need for change in the young ladies every day at The Detroit Job Corps Center. The first thing that came to her mind was, “Yes, these ladies are here to excel in their lives and get the certifications and diplomas that they need to thrive in today’s society, but what about their hearts? What about their minds? What about living life, letting go and not using past issues as a crutch not to succeed?” After sleepless nights and constant thoughts of implementing the I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program, the concept, curriculum, mission and vision of the program came to Latonya Garth in just one day. The I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program focuses on building self-esteem for teenagers and young adult women, letting past issues go and becoming the best women they can ever be. She immediately took the idea to Cunesha Sanders who was the Center Director of The Detroit Job Corps Center at that time about helping to restore the lives of others. With the same passion in mind, the I.M.A.G.I.N.E program began September 9, 2010 and is currently operating at the Detroit Job Corps Center and the Detroit Police Department 10 Precinct.
The I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program was a desire that was put on Garth’s heart and it had to come to pass. After several life altering situations that she encountered over past years, the best way to get through her issues was to help someone else through their own. “It is important to have a support system; it just makes life so much easier,” says Garth. The I.M.A.G.I.N.E Mentoring Program has partnered with several businesses and organizations to impact the youth in the community. Those partnerships this year include: City of Detroit Media Services, I AM A PRIORITY, You Gotta Be You Organization, Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, City Connect, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Connect Detroit, Michigan State University, the Detroit Police Department’s 10th precinct, Legacy Charter Academy, Michigan Collegiate High School, Detroit School of Arts, West Village Academy, and a host of high schools throughout the Detroit and Metro-Detroit area along with other several successful young women, men and organizations to break the barriers of low self-esteem and to help young ladies become better at the way they carry themselves, with the intention that they can take all they have learned and help someone else along the way.
I Desire Change.