I have gotten past so much hurt and pain through I.M.A.G.I.N.E and it has freed me inside and brought me happiness. Through I.M.A.G.I.N.E I’ve become motivated and inspired to do everything I need to do and look forward to my future instead of dreading what my future might be. Through you I have found happiness in God and faith, and now I feel like I can get through any obstacle that crosses my path through prayer. My gratitude towards you and the mentors in I.M.A.G.I.N.E is immense and words cannot explain how grateful I am. This experience has literally changed my life and the way I feel about my future and it’s because of you and the I.M.A.G.I.N.E mentors. I love you all so much and thank you for all the effort you put into helping me and all that you have done for me and my future!!
I.M.A.G.I.N.E has played a significant role in helping to identify my strengths and weaknesses. As a result, I recognize areas in my life in which change is needed, in order to reach my ultimate destiny. This program along with my religious beliefs has allowed me to know and understand who I am and my purpose in life.
-Dr. Iyesha Weaver, Mentor
Imagine has made me a better person. It has taught me how to forgive people, accept people, and encourage others to be good to one another.
-Richard Attieh, Mentor
Imagine has greatly helped throughout my good and bad times of life. I observe change and growth each day in various ways including with my attitude, mind, and soul. I have learned and gained much knowledge in such a short amount of time and now know the true value and meaning of life. I am now motivated to believe in myself as I reach towards my goals. In addition, the program has inspired me to grow into the beautiful, young intelligent person that I was born to become. I now work on my internal and external appearance and take my life more serious. I thank God for joining and committing to Imagine.
It has been very rewarding to work with a wonderful group of mentors whom all have the same desire to impact young ladies lives with love and inspiration.
-Sharese Mitchell, Mentor
Being a member of Imagine has helped in numerous ways. I used to be a “people pleaser”, a person who would strive to meet the needs of others. The program has enabled me to find a balance in my life; to stop worrying a great deal about others without investing time in taking care of myself. Imagine has also assisted in recognizing my worth, I shall not be a product of my environment rather, make my environment a product of myself.
IMAGINE enables me to connect with young women and serve as a positive role model. As a mentor with the program, I’ve had the honor and privilege of establishing relationships with the mentees. In turn they’ve enriched my life in so many ways, creating bonds that are genuine and lasting. Thank you IMAGINE.
-Helena Parks, Former Mentor
I have honestly learned a lot being in Imagine including growing to deal with forgiving myself. I have been through many obstacles in my life and now I have discovered how to let go, not dwell on the past and to keep moving forward. If I do not learn how to love myself, I will not advance in life, allowing my past to hold me back. I will take from IMAGINE how to love myself no matter the circumstance(s).
IMAGINE gave me the opportunity to impart knowledge however I found the program making an impact on my outlook and perspective. This program has made me a better teacher, facilitator and LADY. I am IMAGINE Lady Christina Bolden and I am authentic.
-Christina Bolden, Owner of Exposure, LLC
I never thought I could graduate from school or accomplish my goals. However, Imagine has helped in changing my perspective. I now recognize the importance of school and have a more positive outlook. In addition, the program has allowed me to identify the meaning of a “real” family; to maintain a healthy appearance; and to forgive others who have made my life challenging. Forgiving others is difficult but I am in the learning process.
It’s always a pleasure meeting the young ladies in the Imagine Program. There is always a point of transformation within the ladies that is incredible and all due to their participation in IMAGINE.
-Denise Elam, Owner Energy 4 Life
Wow! Imagine has taught me various things ranging from friendship to relationship issues. However, the most significant factor is what I have learned about self-worth. I recognized I had value but, Imagine helped me to realize that I am what I make myself. I do not let anyone tell me otherwise or identify who I am.
I learned that it is okay to forgive people in my past and also myself. I also learned that I am someone and worth something. Ms. Garth you have taught me different ways to approach my kids. I want to thank you for your time you have helped me. Your daughter is going to be very blessed have you as her mother. You are going to be a fabulous one. Thank you for all you have given me…
Once I joined, the first session I cried. I couldn’t believe how inspiring the speaker was and I was instantly moved to attend every session. What I’ve learned is how to be a better woman, on the inside and out as well as other lessons. I hope to go to the new sessions and share my experience.
IMAGINE has strengthened my prayer life. One must be whole before she can pour life into another.
-Shakeya Lewis, Mentor
Imagine helped me become more confident in what I do and it taught me that no matter what I think is a major problem somebody else is going through something worse. I also learned to trust in myself more than others and to put myself first no matter what. I also helped me to love myself more than anyone else.
IMAGINE is an excellent program. There are so many young ladies in dire need of programs like IMAGINE. This program has a great team of mentors that care about the growth and development of the young ladies. It is constantly growing and I am proud to support my wife and the mentors because they truly care about the young ladies in the community and strives to reach out to all of those in need.
-Ja-Rod Pettway, Supporter
Imagine has inspired me in ways I could never think of. I learned how to put myself first and to be a good follower before I can become a good leader.
Working with IMAGINE has given me an opportunity to look deep within myself as I attempt to help others.
-Tanay Stovall, Mentor
Imagine has given me a more positive image of things I can do. Imagine has given me the confidence to do things I never thought twice about. Imagine has also given me the opportunity to love myself. I owe the fellow Imagine ladies and mentors the goals I have accomplished.
Working as a mentor with IMAGINE has been nothing short of a privilege and a blessing.
-Shaniece Echols, Mentor
You guys helped me forgive people and forgive myself. I am so happy I joined. I know I will have you guys in my life. Love ya!
I have been blessed to witness the awesome transformations God has made through IMAGINE. My experience there has taught me how to be more confident in sharing my testimony, having empathy and desiring to help others.
Mikeshia Flournoy, Mentor
IMAGINE showed me that if you just take the time out and listen, you can help change a life.
Lashaun Osborne, Mentor
Imagine helped me realize how important it is for me to take care of me before others but to also help others believe in themselves. It has also made me a person who believes in herself as much as I believe in others.
-Brandi S. Edwards
In today’s society, IMAGINE is a very relevant and important program. The lack of mentoring of the youth of today has led to many of the societal problems facing the youth of today. Taking the time to positively impact a young woman ultimately impacts the world for the better.
Hannah Coffee, Former Mentor
Imagine helped me because I have been through some trials and tribulations but when I found Imagine, it helped me a lot and I am grateful to have Imagine as a mentoring program.
Imagine has truly changed me. It has taught me that I know I am somebody and that it doesn’t matter what people say about me as long as I know my worth. It has changed me for the better. It has let me know that I can and will accomplish whatever I put my mind to.
Participation in Imagine helped me in being more productive in life. I have learned not to give up easily, to follow my dreams and be more confident in whatever I do. I appreciate I.M.A.G.I.N.E because it helped me learn more about myself and allowed me to believe in me more. I really want to thank Ms. Garth for giving me the opportunity to be in I.M.A.G.I.N.E. I love you!
I appreciate I.M.A.G.I.N.E because it gives me the opportunity to share others experiences and my experiences with others. I can also reach out and learn.
-Latoya Rice, Mentor
I.M.A.G.I.N.E Allows me to give back to young adults striving to reach their goals. I am also able to receive insight on my own issues and learn from other participants in the group. I enjoy establishing and building new relationships with the mentees and mentors.
-Roshell George, Mentor
I.M.A.G.I.N.E has helped me understand the meaning of good and bad relationships, the meaning of safe sex and self-confidence. I love I.M.A.G.I.N.E because it is helping me feel better about myself about EVERYTHING….! I love all my mentors!
I can be myself there…I told my I.M.A.G.I.N.E members something that nobody else knows…My attitude calmed down a lot and I actually have female friends. I love I.M.A.G.I.N.E and I am thankful to be a part of it.
I appreciate “I.M.A.G.I.N.E” because it has helped me learn more about life and appreciate life itself. I feel more informed about the things young women should know and I feel as if I have another family with I.M.A.G.I.N.E. I love I.M.A.G.I.N.E and I truly believe every young girls should be a part of this program.
This program has helped me through so much and the mentors are always there and they are NON-JUDGEMENTAL. This program is also helping me become the woman that I want to be.
I.M.A.G.I.N.E has allowed me to spread love and knowledge amongst a group of beautiful young ladies as well as receive love and knowledge in return. We make each other better.
-Stephanie Murray, Mentor
Latonya, by you allowing me to serve within IMAGINE has been my sanity. Thank you for saving my life.
-Martina Adams, House of U Gotta Love yourself, INC.
Thanks for allowing me to occupy my mind with something positive, believing in me that I had something in me to help young ladies dream first… Then IMAGINE. Love you sis!
-Michelle Thompkins, Changing Lives, INC.
March 2nd 2008 I realized and really understood what it means when they say you’re still here or you’ve been kept for a reason…and lately you’ve helped remind me again…Thank you!
-Mary Busby, Detroit Job Corps
I am intelligent.
You believing in GOD and following your dreams has been my sanity. Thank you! You deserve all the help, opportunities, support and favor because you are a servant leader.
I know it is late but tonight I was told that I made a big difference in this girl life..And I don’t know her…she said I did it through my actions and how I present myself…I said all of this to say thank you.
I want you to know that what you do for other people is amazing, you take time out of your day, just to make sure that other people are having a good one and I thank you for that. We need more people like you in this world. I know that IMAGINE will bring opportunities to young girls all over the world and that is all because of the fact that you care and it speaks for itself. You have changed my life!!!!
To I.M.A.G.I.N.E is to learn, but to learn is to grow..That is what I.M.A.G.I.N.E has done for me. From living in a certain disaster to living to dream..living to reach unseen limits..Limits that I refuse to let someone else set for me and for that I can say I can IMAGINE!
I now have more faith in myself and the people that love me, it has taught me to believe and never doubt myself or God! I joined this program to become a better individual, to expand my knowledge and that’s what I did. I.M.A.G.I.N.E has showed me that failure is not an option, and that I am a winner.
I have learned a lot while being in the program. I learned not to focus on what I am going through but rather focus on where I am going.
Imagine taught me that change will come and it doesn’t happen overnight but you must be willing to want to change yourself. In all, Imagine has impacted my life. I know when I look back years from now, I will be proud to have been a part of Imagine.
Imagine means a lot to me. It has opened my eyes in so many ways, mostly on judging people. You will never know what a person is going through by looking at them. Imagine has also taught me to be more understanding and changed me in so many ways.
Imagine is who I am, what I can do, and what I believe in. I can, I will, I am.
This program was very helpful to a lot of different things that had troubled me in the past.
Since I joined Imagine I felt myself getting stronger. I met a phenomenal woman named Latonya Garth who seemed t love me more than I loved myself. Her gratitude and remorse to help others has really touched me and made me realized how lucky I am. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to meet a group of people who have encountered hardships and now they are capable of becoming a success in life and also know their worth.
I joined Imagine because I felt alone. I felt as though I had no one on my side. By joining Imagine, I can truly say that I don’t feel so alone anymore and I am still striving for success and I am becoming a younger and better woman
Imagine means EMPOWERMENT! Imagine has strengthened me with my anger issues. I love Ms. Garth and all the mentors that took their time out to come help us. In life I will Inspire, to Motivate, Achieve, Grow, Intervene, and Naturally Encourage those who desire change because I can, I will, I am!
Imagine shows us a way to God and informs us to seek him first and have faith. Imagine is a starting point to a new healthy, and positive way to a successful life.
Being an Imagine mentor has helped me understand that I matter. It has allowed me to become a better listener and has taught me sharing my experiences or what I have learned can bless others. It has also been a blessing to see the transformation of the young women in the program. It is the best experience I have ever had.
-Heide Milburn-Christmas, Mentor
First Lady Shelia Vann,
Thank you for your vision to inspire young ladies to dream. It was a pleasure being able to be a part of such wonderful opportunity to spearhead your Dream Girls Mentoring Program. Your vision has allowed me to carry on helping restore the lives of many young women. I thank you for your vision because it has allowed me I.M.A.G.I.N.E how much better someone else’s life could be with the proper guidance and education. I appreciate you and I thank God for giving you such a vision that has changed the lives of many people…Especially my life…
-Latonya Garth, Founder
Ms. Cunesha Sanders,
Thank you for allowing me to take my vision to another level. I appreciate you because you truly believed in me and because of that I will never let you down. You are truly an amazing woman that cares so much for people and it is evident that you truly have a passion for greatness. You are a true example of a beautiful woman with a great heart and because of you…All the young women that desire change at Detroit Job Corps can I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Thank you for believing and supporting us in every way just to make sure we are okay…You have helped change the lives of so many! We are truly grateful!
-Latonya Garth, Founder