Maya Garnett is Breaking Down Generational Barriers While Building Up Generational Wealth
Maya Garnett’s empathy, compassion, and drive has led her to where she is today. After her friends and family would continuously go to her for advice, she founded P.R.O.M.I.S.E (HER) inc., which is a women and girls nonprofit organization in the Washington DC area that stands for Passionate, Resilient, Optimistic, Motivated, Intellectual Sisters of Excellence. It helps educate women and girls through a variety of courses, but Maya’s main focus is breaking down generational barriers while building up generational wealth.
How did you decide to start this project? When did it start and how did it unfold?
I have spent a lot of my life giving advice to people. It’s something that I have always been really good at. Late last year, I reached out to a relative of mine because I had recently received a lot of calls just from people I know that were going through a really tough time. I wanted to figure out a way to be there for them, a way for us as women to come together and help each other mentally, emotionally, and financially and just build ourselves up. We decided to get a small group of friends together maybe once a month. When I started rattling off all of the things that I wanted to do next, she told me that everything I was saying sounded like an idea for a nonprofit. At the time, I didn’t want to have that responsibility because it would be a job on top of the day job that I already had. But, I am now really happy that I had someone who saw a vision and saw the work in me and who felt that I could do something greater than what I thought I could do. As you can see we are now a nonprofit, and this has been an exciting, tremendous, educational journey for myself as well as my team. I’m so happy to be surrounded by people who think like I do and who want to save the world along with me, because what I really want to do is to create as much change as possible. This is really just to help other people and I truly believe that I can bring change to not just the area where I live, but to the world.
How did your experiences influence your nonprofit?
My mother passed away when I was really young which caused me to be a very angry youth, which spilled over into my teenage years. I kind of jumped around with that as an adult, because I felt like the world owed me something. My life wasn’t always great, but I always had people that wanted the best for me and that would support me, but I also knew I had to make a change for myself. I could no longer make excuses, I had to do something about it. My life is my story and it wasn’t always perfect, but I took what I knew and I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to provide a space where women can learn earlier what I learned later in life so they could get a chance to have a better understanding and a better hold on themselves.
You can do anything you want and the time is now. I know a lot of people say that, but I really feel like I am that person who said the life that was presented to me was not the life that I thought for myself. I am so happy that I turned out to be the complete opposite of how society wrote me to be. Life can sometimes put us in this box and give us instructions on what we are supposed to do. I am one of those people that didn’t follow any of those instructions. What I am learning while building this company is that I have to be just as open as I expect someone else to be. I want them to trust me and know that I can help them because I am helping myself in the process.