Valencia Goodson is a vibrant woman of valor who exemplifies a strong passion for being of service and believes in “doing the work” to help people live productive lives which makes her one of our community leaders on the rise. Her vision is to empower women of all ages to become leaders of this society, support their families and to do what is right. Since 2006, Valencia’s civic background and focus on community service has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles with the Order of the Eastern Star fraternal organization and Catholic Charities to name a few that stimulated the desire to lead a movement of her own.
In 2009, Valencia Goodson started “Jus Us Girls” (JUG) Day in Baltimore, Maryland as a way to connect group of girlfriends together in hopes that the union would build new friendships. As the social meet-ups began, they expanded quickly; one friend would bring another and another until it
multiplied into a beautiful circle of friends. What started out as a small idea festered and took on a shape of its own and sparked the vision to create a Jus Us Girls movement to connect other women as ONE Sisterhood …. and in 2014, JUG Nation was born!
With this powerful sisterhood network, Valencia had the vision to use this platform of strong, positive and professional women to develop a mentoring program for young girls in a “Pay it Forward” effort to empower, develop and shape them into valuable assets to increase their ability to be successful after high school. As a result, in January 2015, Valencia along with the sisters of J.U.G. Nation launched the JN Jewels Youth Development Program. Inspired by the trials of her socially impaired childhood, being a young single mother and victim to a paralyzed generational cycle that weakens many families, Valencia made a commitment to herself to be better than her past, proving that the sky is the limit while using her educational and professional dreams and life experiences to be a role model to young girls while providing life and leadership education and connections to resource opportunities to afford them the chance to fulfill their dreams in a pursuit to living a rewarding and self-sustainable life as young adults. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”; well JUG Nation has taken ownership to join the village and be committed to paving a positive path for the youths and with
Valencia’s leadership, giving spirit, management expertise and determination to succeed, this organization is destined to create young leaders, rebuild solid family structure