A BEAUTIFUL ME

Fostering self-worth in ALL women of ALL ages!

Port Huron, MI   |  https://www.abeautifulme.com/

Mission

A Beautiful Me’s MISSION is to create better communities, one person at a time. Female participants in every stage of life will thrive personally and professionally through confidence building workshops, innovative programs, and special events.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Karen Palka

Main address

525 Court Street

Port Huron, MI 48060 USA

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EIN

26-3340108

NTEE code info

(Citizenship Programs, Youth Development) (O54)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A girl's self-esteem peaks at age 9 and plummets from there. This is a critical problem for all girls regardless of their socio-economic status and upbringing. Girls with supportive, loving parents suffer alongside girls who lack resources and healthy relationships. When self-esteem erodes, girls lack the confidence to innovate, persevere, and discern.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

"be-YOU'tiful" Workshops for Girls

A 4-part interactive workshop series that equips girls to be confident about who they are.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Certification 2020

Operation Transformation

Affiliations & memberships

Michigan Nonprofit Association 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total volunteers, youth & adults, serving in ABMe programs and events.

Number of youth programs offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"be-YOU'tiful" Workshops for Girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of workshops, programs, and events ABMe offered each program year. Program year is structured as a school year, so 2019 results are from the 2018-19 program year.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"be-YOU'tiful" Workshops for Girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of girls reached through our programs in a program year. Program year is structured after school year, so 2019 data is from 2018-19 program year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A Beautiful Mei s working toward a future-reality where women know their strengths, are empowered to pursue their dreams, and engage with one another supportively. We reach girls at the critical age of 9 years old with our life-giving empowerment workshops and reinforce that work with programs for middle-schoolers, teens, and adult women.

Since its founding in 2008, A Beautiful Me has reached over 9,000 girls in Southeast Michigan through workshops and one-day seminars in schools, clubs, and community groups. In 2019, we opened a social enterprise retail store that functions as a training space for teen girls who want to learn business and philanthropy skills. Our staff, board, supporters, and volunteers are passionate advocates for girls and women through community outreach, service, and education.

A Beautiful Me staff members work with over 150 volunteers to implement programs throughout Southeast Michigan. The organization provides training, equipment, supplies, and support to equip volunteers. It also makes use of social media, websites, and a radio podcast to share and promote the organization's mission and vision. The social enterprise retail store serves as a tangible connection between the organization and the community along with being a space to provide programs and revenue for the mission.

A Beautiful Me has reached over 9,000 girls since 2008. Girls who participate in our programs report a 100% increase in their perceived value and self-worth. Our goal is to reach every 5th-grade girl in St. Clair County by 2024. Our newly developed Teen Business Training Program launched in 2019 and 11 girls have volunteered to learn customer service, merchandising, and soft skills. We plan to expand that program in the coming years and create a formal certificate program to train future business-women for our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Google and Square Reviews,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Teen volunteers actively participate in the structure of our business certification program. Current volunteers participate in meetings and surveys to contribute their opinions and suggestions for program structure, training material, processes, and to evaluate their mentor/managers. We are transitioning our open-ended teen volunteer program into a more structured program with a start and end date as a direct result of feedback from our teens in the program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A BEAUTIFUL ME

Board of directors
as of 8/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kimberly Prisby

Allied Solutions

Karly Hurley

Blue Cross / Blue Shield of Michigan

Mark Muzzin

Macomb Intermediate School District

Laurie Gardner

East China School District

Kathy Hayman

Electrex Industrial Solutions

Philip Peloso

KUKA Robotics Corporation, USA

Josephine Starceski

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan

Shawn Shackelford

Port Huron Area School District

Tori Ferres

Fletcher, Fealko, Shoudy & Francis P.C.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/31/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/23/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.