Youth Development

A BEAUTIFUL ME

Fostering self-worth in ALL women of ALL ages!

Port Huron, MI

Mission

A Beautiful Me’s MISSION is to assist young ladies and women with confidence-building activities through successful, fun, interactive workshops. Positive self-esteem will result in well-adjusted, confident, empowered women who positively impact their schools, community and society throughout the United States of America and beyond.

Ruling Year

2010

Executive Director

Karen Palka

Main Address

525 Court Street

Port Huron, MI 48060 USA

Keywords

training, workshops, teens, elementary, middle school, high school, self-esteem

EIN

26-3340108

 Number

3614064870

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Citizenship Programs, Youth Development) (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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 Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

"be-YOU'tiful" Workshops for Girls

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

K-12 (5-19 years)

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.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

We use a Self-Esteem survey to measure perceived value and self-worth. The survey is used to measure improvement, so it is administered before and after participants go through ABMe programs when data is being collected. Teens in our business training program work through systematic training materials and are evaluated by their mentor/managers to measure growth and achievement.

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

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: 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 the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
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.

External Reviews

Awards

Certification 2020

Operation Transformation

Affiliations & Memberships

Michigan Nonprofit Association 2020

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Financials

A BEAUTIFUL ME

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/23/2020

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

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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

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.