Janay White has always known she was a helper. As a counselor at a Miami summer camp called Girl Power, she found joy in mentorship. “I was a dance instructor for the camp, but it turned into so much more than that,” she recalls. “The connections I made stayed with me, and I have always looked for ways to help others succeed.”
She is now one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women to Watch. Now in its 12th year, the program is the Tallahassee Democrat’s way of honoring women who lead. Meet the women every day during the month of March in print and on tallahassee.com.
But White knows what it is like to not fit in. “I was diagnosed with Cutaneous Lupus as a teenager and had lesions on my face and arms. It was embarrassing to be picked on and asked if I had AIDS or if someone was beating up on me,” said White. “I felt bullied, and as an adult, I want to help young women develop the skills they need to avoid what I went through.”
White does more than help; she has created a path for middle and high school-aged girls to become D.I.V.A.S. “Girls 2 D.I.V.A.S. is an acronym for driven, initiative, virtuous, astounding, and successful,” White explains. “The 25 girls in our program expand their career aspirations and connect…