Giving Back to Our Mothers
Jaycina Almond, founder of nonprofit Tender reminds us that women are capable of anything
Jaycina Almond is an incredible multi-hyphenate – she is a mother, author, model, and founder of nonprofit Tender. From gracing campaigns for the likes of Fenty Beauty and DÔEN to releasing a book of poetry focusing on her evolution as a mother and woman, Jaycina is a dynamic being who reminds us that women are capable of anything and everything. We find her story and her dedication to empowering mothers inspiring, so we asked her to share some thoughts with us.
Right in the middle of her twenties at age 25, she is full of wisdom that she often applies directly to herself. When asked to reflect on an important lesson she learned in her twenties, she was quick to share, “Trust the process, trust that all things align, and trust that if it’s meant for you, it will be yours… These are my little mantras I repeat to myself in times of doubt.” Her unwavering faith has resulted in an immense impact on her community. Tender, a nonprofit that gives mothers in Atlanta access to basic necessities, has already changed lives within just eight months.
We asked Jaycina to share a bit more about the specific impact she’s created with Tender. “Since our launch in January, we have been able to keep 27 mamas housed, provide 17 gift cards loaded with $150 for groceries and everyday essentials, delivered 3765 diapers and 63 packs of wipes, plus paid 15 utility bills, thus restoring connection or preventing disconnection of services in the first place.” Keep in mind that these numbers grow every single day, thus creating tangible change throughout the city of Atlanta. Looking towards the future of Tender holds just as much hope. A major goal of the organization is to break the cycle of generational poverty by way of developing holistic programs that address personal well-being, workforce and education development, and continuing direct financial assistance. Adopting a community-care model is at the core of Tender and offers an innovative way to envision healing and wellness.
“The love expressed between women is particular and powerful because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival” — Audre Lorde
Her dedication to supporting mothers comes with beautiful words of wisdom as she shares, “There is no shame in being a young single mom. The sooner you shake that off, the easier it gets to accept and embrace your current reality. There is nothing wrong with being a single parent.” This wisdom comes from personal experience. “I wasted a lot of time wishing I had the quintessential two-parent home that fits into society’s expectations when I could have been at peace, just enjoying my daughter’s life.”
Dreaming is essential to envisioning a better tomorrow. We asked Jaycina to reflect on the future, taking a beat to imagine the legacy she’s built 40 years from now. “I want my children to be proud of me. I want people to recognize that I truly believe we can thrive as a society in a community-care-based model where we take care of each other. We can actively find ways to equip our communities to provide for their own safety and wellbeing.”
We’re in this thing called life together and it is essential we take a cue from Jaycina and uplift those around us. If you feel called to support Tender, there are a multitude of ways to do so. You can donate fiscally, volunteer, or host a fundraiser. Learn more here. If you’re a mama based in Atlanta and need some support, say no more. Click here to learn more.