ESSENCE OF A LADY

Gaining Maximum Health and Wealth is the Essence of a Lady!

aka YELL!Mentoring Program for Girls, Y-ME? Mentoring Program for Boys and E'Ladies Network (3 signature brands)   |   Missouri City, TX   |  http://www.eladies.org

Mission

Essence of a Lady is a sustainable 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Our mission is to educate, mentor, and empower youth to develop social, career, leadership, and financial skills to graduate from high school and succeed in this global community and become productive citizens and/or future entrepreneurs. Our vision is professional and entrepreneurial women and men become philanthropists and give their time, talent, and treasure to ensure every youth develops self-esteem to become self-sufficient by providing tools, resources, and exposure through spiritual, mental, emotional, and financial workshops, culturally-relevant field trips, and mentoring group/one-to-one support. Our core values are sisterhood, life-long learning opportunities, and generational wealth building.

Notes from the nonprofit

As a sustainable 501(c)3 celebrating over 29 years of educating, mentoring, and empowering youth, we are excited to be preparing to begin coordinating support providers for adults with disabilities in January 2019.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder/CEO

Dr JoAnn Ajayi-Scott

Main address

14503 Lazy Willow Lane

Missouri City, TX 77489 USA

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EIN

36-4535514

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Young Essence Ladies...Learning (YELL!) Mentoring Program

Young Essence Ladies...Learning (YELL!)! is a mentoring program of Essence of a Lady, Inc, where school-age girls between 6-19 years old develop financial, career, leadership, and social skills which:
Promote positive self esteem
Prepare them to graduate from high school
Become Productive Citizens and/or Future Entrepreneurs
Create next generational wealth

"Every 26 seconds, a child drops out of school and the 12th grade is the only grade girls drop out of school more than boys" (USDOE, 2012). There are a variety of reasons why this problem exists, such as school disconnect, peer pressure, pregnancy, drugs, and marriage.

YELL! provides and opportunity for girls to be surrounded by females of all ages who will educate girls on what it means to go through the different stages of development; mentor them in small group and one-on-one settings to develop financial, career, leadership and social skills; and empower them to believe in themselves and their worth through workshops, field trips, and special events..

Professional women (and men) embrace girls from September to May each year. They expose them to real-life experiences in the school, church, community and business world. They support these girls and help them "blossom" into professional women through positive interaction and exposure. Each year, two major events take place, an annual retreat and scholarship fundraiser with our partner(s).

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups

Young Men Empowered was conceptualized in 2009, launched in 2017, and relaunched in 2021. The goal is to model the program format created for Essence of a Lady's Young Essence Ladies...Learning (YELL!)., but structure this mentoring program to meet the needs of boys. Through my dissertation research, I discovered minority boys go to the juvenile justice system 6 times more than their white counterparts. It shows there is a "large gap seen in education, earnings, health, employment, neighborhood safety, workforce development and encounters with the law enforcement and justice system for this population" (MBKHouston, 2016). Our goal is to focus on career, leadership, social, and job skills. By 2025, our goal is to educate, mentor, and empower 50-100 male youth between 8-18 years old.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership - Respondent 2003

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ESSENCE OF A LADY

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
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Board chair

Dr JoAnn Ajayi-Scott

Essence of a Lady, Inc.

Term: 1989 -

Margie Ramsey

Essence of a Lady,Inc

Board leadership practices

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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