Mentoring Program for youth ages 11-17

Of Greater Worth Than Gold, Inc

OGWTG CREED

Founder and CEO

Greetings!!! My name is Janet Marks Hill, the founder and CEO of Of Greater Worth Than Gold Inc. I have seen first hand some of the challenges young girls face in the world today; peer pressure, self esteem, abuse, bullying, lack of confidence, teen pregnancy just to name a few. I became a teen mom at age fifteen. It was not an easy road and I was determined not to become an example of the negative statistics researchers always focus on. I had a determination to graduate on time with my senior class and I was going to attend college and obtain a degree. With the support of my loving parents (James and Joyce Marks), they made sure that I had the opportunity that all young people have once graduating from High school. I attended University of Kentucky as a freshman in 1991. After a short run at UK, I decided I wanted to enter the work field and raise my daughter. I attended Cosmetology school and became a licensed Nail Technician. 


After working as a Nail Technician for some years, I was hired by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Georgetown as a Team Member. I worked there for a total of eleven years and in the eleventh year, I decided I wanted to go back to school and complete my bachelor’s degree. I enrolled in an accelerated program at Midway College where I attended evening classes for three years. In 2004, I graduated from Midway College. In 2007, my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter graduated from elementary school and I graduated from University of Kentucky with a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. In 2010, I completed all the coursework for a second Masters in Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. It was in 2009 when I realized I actually enjoyed counseling.  I was working for social services and I had the opportunity to work with a diverse population providing counseling and guidance.  I was able to encourage the young people I came in contact with; I would always tell them, "Be a leader and not a follower".   It was in 2007 when I realized I actually enjoyed counseling.  I was working for social services and I had the opportunity to work with a diverse population providing counseling and guidance.  I was able to encourage the young people I came in contact with.  I would always tell them; "Be a leader and not a follower".  I was able to share my story with those that needed encouragement; whether they were teen mom or in an abusive relationship. I have walked a mile in the shoes of domestic violence and I was able to walk away from an abusive marriage with my life, dignity and my head held high.


It has taken some time to realize my true passion and my purpose in life, but once I understood them both, I prayed and decided to move forward with my dream.  I established this mentoring program with the goals of teaching young girls between the ages of 11 and 17 the value of who they are and to instill in them confidence greater than they could ever imagine so they will soar to their highest height. My passion is helping the young and old how to reach their potential. I have a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter. I have a great passion for education and educating, as those things do not come easy and I tell everyone “Education is necessary and that is one thing people cannot take away from you”. My favorite professor at the University of Kentucky always reminded me; “What God has for you, is for you Janet”. Thank you Dr. Fiest Price for pushing me in graduate school.


My greatest strengths are creativity, drive and leadership. I thrive on challenges, particularly those that seem to be the impossible. Being a teen mom had to have been one of my toughest challenges and I want young girls to know they do not have to be what research says they will be, but with determination, they can be whatever they want to be.


I have had the experience of serving on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success as the Director of Volunteers. I am currently the President of Student Government Association at Nova Southeastern University Orlando. I have also been a Tutor volunteer for the Adult Literacy League.

I hold a bachelor’s degree from Midway College and a Masters from University of Kentucky in Lexington Kentucky. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at Nova Southeastern University.