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Planet Venus Institute


Planet Venus Institute NFP is dedicated to providing educational services and mental health awareness to Black girls, college-aged women of color, and/or emerging professionals as well as scholars in the fields of education and social services. Our intent is to provide mental health awareness education and professional development through a cultural and gender-responsive framework and praxis. Educational services equip youth and adults alike with information and the skills needed to become peer advocates of mental health and wellness in minoritized communities, educational settings, and in the workplace so that individuals and organizations can create healthier pathways to becoming successful in their educational careers and professional lives as ambassadors of overall social, mental, physical, and financial health.



Dr. V is the Executive Director of Planet Venus Institute NFP. She is a former Professor of Education and is a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice. She is more than 15 years of experiences teaching in higher education, and is the author of several books and academic journal articles. 

Janice Baines, Secretary

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Janice has nearly a decade of experience working with youth in colleges and universities settings and she is a master teacher. She serves as an elementary school teacher specializing in culturally-responsive curriculum.

Kenya Evans, Treasurer

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Kenya works in the corporate executive field specializing in informational technology, corporate operations, and diversity and equity. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and enjoys teaching Black women and girls how to thrive in corporate spaces while living their best life. She is also the mother of two Black young men.

Dr. Venus E. Evans-Winters, President

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