On October 26, 2015, an idea that would change the world forever was sparked by Sierra Savedge and Shantál Jones. These two determined young women from Surry County, Virginia had a strong desire to establish an organization that would bring together people of all backgrounds. After many hours of contemplating, they decided to name this non-profit organization Just BE. The name Just BE was selected to inspire people to be whatever they want to be in life.
As ideas began to form, the organization began to grow. Bringing on many volunteers, donors, and board members, Just BE was on it’s way to success! Realizing that this was not only our dream, but others as well.
Since then, Just BE has continued to provide hope for the homeless, scholarships to the youth, love to the community, and change for the future.
"We want to be the example for our youth, make the elderly proud, shock the community, AND do what has never been done before. We strive to let others know that limitations do not exist. We hope that when they see us, they will want to be better. Just BE under promises and over delivers!”
Just BE is incorporated in the state of Virginia as a nonprofit organization. The nonprofit’s 501(c)3 tax-exempt status is pending approval by the IRS.
Sierra Savedge, born and raised in Surry County, VA, graduated from Surry County High School in 2009 and furthered her education at Virginia State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at Virginia State University, she became a member of the Alpha Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2015, she obtained her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Sierra is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University where she is studying Clinical Psychology. She is an Admissions Coordinator and Therapist at Elk Hill Farm, Inc. In her words, “Smile while you still have teeth”.
Shantál Jones was born in Fayetteville, NC and raised in Surry County, VA. She graduated from Surry County High School in 2008, and furthered her education at Old Dominion University. Shantál currently works as a supervisor at Capital One.
Outside of everyday work, Shantál plays the piano and spends many hours working as a photographer for her business, Captured Blessings by S. MeShel. She soon hopes to work for herself and continue to pursue the world of arts & photography.
Hunter Anthony was born and raised in Richmond, VA. He is a 2017 Glen Allen High graduate and now attends The Virginia State University where he is studying Agriculture with a concentration in Business and Economics. While in college Hunter interns with the Small Farm Outreach Program at Randolph Farm. After college Hunter plans on furthering his education in the Agriculture industry.
Jade Payne, was born and raised in Richmond,VA. She graduated from Varina High School and earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Virginia State University. Jade is currently studying in the Master of Education program for Educational Leadership at Liberty University. She is an elementary school teacher in Fairfax County, VA. She is very passionate about changing the lives of the children in today's society.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Sherkayla, Williamsburg VA, has been a member of the Big Brother Big Sister organization since 2009.
Sherkayla currently a sophomore at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she is majoring in Exercise Science studying to become a Physical Therapist. She is apart of the Exercise Science Society as well. Sherkayla has a strong desire to help people to function at their highest level.