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About us

We equip future leaders with the tools to achieve their full potential.

Our mission is to promote positive self-esteem, education, confidence and character among youth and families.

We strive to create innovative solutions that address social challenges, promote inclusivity, and inspire positive change in society.

Our Impact

Truly Valued is strongly dedicated to fostering the growth of youth and families in Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties through our programs, namely, I AM Academy, Nurturing Families, and E3.

I AM Academy

I AM Academy is designed to help​ ​cultivate the skills that our young people need to develop​ ​as successful adults with a strong sense of their own​ ​identity.

Nurturing Families Program

The Nurturing Families Program® is a family-centered program designed for the prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect.

E3 - Educate, Enlighten and Empower

This series allows attendees to meet and talk with successful professionals from the community. This event provides valuable insights and inspiration for individuals, especially students, who are exploring career paths or seeking personal development.

Truly Valued was founded by Shavonne Sams in 2016, leveraging her decade-long experience in the child welfare field. We are a compassionate organization dedicated to supporting at-risk youth and families in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, FL.

Upcoming Events


Taste of New Orleans Reception

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

The Taste of New Orleans will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2024, at The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This event has developed an exce...


2024 Christmas in the Park

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park - 2523 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234

Christmas in the Park, a true celebration of compassion and unity in our community will take place December 25 from 9am to 11am at Dr. Martin Luther K...