Jovani’s Way… Never Leave Anyone Behind Inc. was founded and co-created by a 2nd grade student from North Pocono School District. Jovani found his inspiration when entered into the National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Reflections Program back in 2019-2020 titled “Look Within”.
Each year over 30,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12, create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This program assists students and helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and life. The National Reflections Program engages students and their families in arts education activities each year by encouraging the students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. This allows students the opportunity to express themselves freely and creatively.
Through this competition, not only was Jovani able to step out of his comfort zone, he was able to break through the barrier of his learning disabilities and was able to face them head on! Jovani earned an Outstanding Recognition Award and moved on to the council level in the competition, placing 4th in his district. Not only was Jovani able to regain the confidence needed, he was able to find his voice and truly express his love for humanity.
Jovani’s Way Never Leave Anyone Behind Inc. is dedicated to helping socio-economically and physically disadvantaged children and adults by bringing much needed resources to our community and surrounding areas. A mission to better the lives of individuals and their families in their time of need. From support groups and afterschool programs, to food drives and feeding the homeless, Jovani’s Way… Never Leave Anyone Behind Inc. wants to help make the world a better place! ALL proceeds from fundraisers and Events will help create a Community Center for teens and adults.
As a parent, I feel it is my job and responsibility to encourage my child and nurture them to become the best version of themselves. Instilling morals and integrity for not only themselves but for the people around them. I believe in leading by example and being the change we wish to see in the world. Teaching our children that they matter and a little voice can truly speak volumes. No matter what obstacle is before us, we have the power to lead with our hearts and have a big impact in the world we live in today, tomorrow and in the future. Knowing first hand the struggles Jovani has experienced, I was inspired to create Pike County Light Up the Spectrum Inclusion Center LLC. A safe and nurturing environment where individuals thrive and flourish into their full potential.
Currently, the Inclusion Center is focused on Sensory Stimulation incorporating Child Development and a fun out-of-the-box approach for all children of all abilities. Recently becoming a resource for our community and various professionals like Behavioral Specialists and Therapeutic Support Staff. Providing a space for families and professionals to have fun and work on goals in an inclusive and social environment. It has recently come to our attention that the community is in need of an after school program for teens and adults with special needs. We have various social clubs, support groups and activities planned for teens and adults in the next few weeks but feel we can not provide appropriate accommodations to maintain the health and safety of our guests in our current space. What better way is there, then to nurture a child's idea and allow them to introduce Jovani’s Way than to create a much needed resource for our community.
Jovani’s Way Never Leave Anyone Behind will accommodate individuals ages 13 and up. Within the space, individuals will have the opportunity to utilize multiple room’s to engage their senses in a sensory rich environment. Individuals will have the opportunity to participate in age appropriate activities, socialize with peers and have the opportunity to learn life skills while creating friendships that can last a lifetime.
A community lounge will allow individuals with and without special needs, a place to hang out, watch a movie with friends, play video games or have a chance to experience virtual reality. Various seating will include Bean Bag chairs, sensory swings, hammocks and crash pad for ultimate relaxation and sensory needs. The exercise room will provide a space for cardio workouts with an elliptical and treadmill. Various sized weights, medicine balls and equipment will also be available for use. Individuals will learn the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle and utilize equipment in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our kitchen area will allow individuals a chance to work on kitchen safety, communication, team building skills and more. Each individual will do their part while preparing a family style dinner with friends. Whether you are attending a social club, support groups or visiting the Center with a Direct Support professional, there's something for everyone. We are in the process of obtaining our ServSafe Certification and look forward to providing our community a fun, outside-the-box experience to learn new skills. The Conference/Meeting area will allow a space for various Support and Social Groups, educational classes, workshops and activities.
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Jovani's Way... Never Leave Anyone Behind Incorporated is officially recognized by the state of Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization!