Venice R.Garner is a Bronx, NY native. She is a graduate from the High School for Health Professions & Human Services. She holds two bachelor degrees from Lincoln University, PA in Journalism and Human Services. While on Lincoln University’s campus, Venice was an active Dean’s List student. She was the Managing Editor of the Lincolnian, the President and Vice President of the junior and senior class, a Resident Advisor, and a former President of the Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She has been certified by Planned Parenthood as a Sex 101 Educator, and is a past contributing writer for Yardstyle and Flyy Girl Magazine. Venice is a former Ms. Lincoln University 2003-2004, and has published her first book of poetry, “Because I am Different” at the age of 21!
Because I am Different is a book of poetry about love, sex, relationships, family, respect, AIDS, unity, and black history, you name it, it’s in there!
Venice has been writing poetry since her pre teen years. She has a passion for writing and public speaking as she asserts, “poetry and motivating people runs through her blood.” She loves literature, the theatre, and composing original works. She also loves dancing, traveling, and quite reflecting moments.” Venice lives her life by old adages, as “God won’t give you anything you can’t handle,” and Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?” Her favorite quote is, “Everyday is a good day, it’s just that some days are better than others.”
Venice received her Master’s In Clinical Social Work Degree at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work at the young age of 23. She was also the Chair of OASIS, the Organization of African Students In Social Work at the University of Maryland while on campus. Venice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist. Venice is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, OES-FAAYM.
In addition to a therapist, life coach, author and motivational speaker, Venice is the past Executive Director of a Private Special Education School providing a structured therapeutic environment and enhanced academics to students with mental health and learning disabilities in the state of Connecticut. Venice recently took a “leap of faith” and resigned from her corporate education position to work on Embracing Your Difference full time.
Embracing your Difference is a motivational private practice LLC in which Venice continues to motivate and inspire people through individual & couples therapy, self-esteem, young mothers and post-partum workshops/groups and also a mentoring program. Venice also has the Embrace Your Difference Mentoring and Prayer conference each year. She speaks in various cities promoting her book and to motivate, inspire, and help women/men and all young adults reach their full potential.