LADIES LEARNING TO LEAD INC

Preparing Young Ladies for College, Careers, and Life

aka L3   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  www.L3Ladies.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower young ladies to become leaders by building confidence, character, and leadership skills to prepare them for college, careers, and life.

We serve all young ladies of middle and high school age, in Florida and South Georgia. We primarily serve those in Tallahassee, and have a special focus on those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for visiting our profile! We hope you are more inspired to help us develop female leaders, and continue our mission in preparing young ladies for college, careers, and life.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mrs. Samantha Vance

Event Planning Coordinator

Ms. Alex Dreyer

Main address

Po Box 2091

Tallahassee, FL 32316 USA

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EIN

46-1383899

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Girls Clubs (O22)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There's a lack of female leadership in the United States and beyond, partially because women are not deemed as professional or capable enough to lead in high positions or "take-on" the battle of the workforce long-term. Because of this stigma, there are few opportunities for women to succeed in their careers, in college, and in life. Society knows that an even greater limit is placed on minorities, especially women of color. These women have little to no access to STEM related fields and resources in order to succeed in some of the most critical areas of the workforce. Mentoring is lacking, where women need guidance for their futures, and a living example to help them believe that "if she can do it, I can do it too". Overall, women need access to resources, career opportunities, and professional development training to build their confidence, and character in order to be the best students, candidates, and leaders they can be for the world. It's time to break the glass ceiling.

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?

After School STEM Program

Nearly 75% of future jobs in the United States will require the use of technology.

Fewer than 33% of students in computer courses are female, and women comprise only 20% of IT professionals and 13% of engineers.

We all pay the price when half our population can’t compete on a global scale, so encouraging our girls to enter in these important fields is crucial.

Girls in high school in Leon County can sign-up for our Girls Get I.T. after school STEM program.

Classes are held at Rickards High School, PACE Center for Girls, and Godby High School.

All meals, materials and equipment are provided to the girls at no cost. The program consists of 2-3 field trips taken to local colleges and STEM events.

Population(s) Served

Professional Career Women Mentoring Middle School and High School Girls

Convenes every Fall with an orientation Day for Mentors, Mentees, and parents. Some orientations will occur separately by appointment.

Serves 15-20 girls

Mentors and Mentees:
o Must sign-up online at www.L3Ladies.org
o Are paired based on career field and interest
o Are all female to female matches
o Meet once a month for at least 2 hours (total)
o Meet every other month for job shadowing – at least 2 hours (total)
o Will be provided curriculum ahead of time for all 9 (monthly) sessions
o Will be provided a bag including small gift card, coupons, materials, etc.
o Mentors will be asked to provide donation of $30 for mentor/mentee books

Meetings:
o Can occur at the mentee’s school during lunch
o Can occur at the mentee’s house with parent/guardian approval and presence
o Can occur at a local library after school or on the weekend
o Can occur at any other meeting place agreed to by parent/guardian of mentee
o Job shadowing will be at the workplace of the mentor with supervisor approval. Parents/guardians of mentees are to sign a consent form acknowledging that the workplace nor L3 will not be responsible for any injury, etc. of the mentee.

Commitment
o 10-month commitment from November to June 2017-18
o If mentor or mentee drops out of program, a re-matching will take place the next year’s cycle, or the same cycle if a match is found

Background Screening
o All mentors are background screened before they can serve

Population(s) Served

The Annual Leadership Conference serves 75-100 girls each year on the campus of Florida State University for 2 days focusing on preparing each young lady for college, entrepreneurship, and careers through workshops taught by college professors, professionals, and local entrepreneurs. The Conference covered training in financial management, S.T.E.A.M. fields, resume writing, interviewing, goal-setting, social media etiquette, and more. Girls stay overnight in the dorms to experience college life at its best.

Population(s) Served

Teaching young ladies to properly manage their finances, bank accounts, and relationships with their banks and vendors.

Local credit unions and banks present topics such as how to manage a checking a savings account, how to development excellent credit, how to manage credit cards, and more.

Population(s) Served

Teaching young ladies the importance of cooking, eating, and living healthy.

A half-day workshop including an exercise class, cooking class, healthy eating tips from local hospital dietitians, "real talk" with local doctors, and more.

The exercise class is open to moms who want to join their daughters in the fight to stay moving and staying healthy.

Population(s) Served

A program guide and workbook for mentors and mentees, used by churches, organizations, youth groups, and the like who want to establish a focused career mentoring program for their girls. Curriculum will soon be available for boys and college students. The budget below is the cost per guidebook.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership - Respondent

MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership - Respondent 2016

MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership - Respondent 2017

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 students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

After School STEM Program

Context Notes

Our after school STEM program introduces STEM fields to girls and trains them in coding. Our Annual Leadership Conference introduces girls to STEM fields and STEM mentors during our STEM breakfast.

Number of students demonstrating responsible behaviors and work habits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

98% of young ladies in our programs demonstrate responsible behaviors and work habits.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

After School STEM Program

Context Notes

Girls in the after school STEM program were taught the basics of being a professional female, and displaying good communication skills. They were trained on ways to enhance their leadership skills.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Our programs and events are primarily run by volunteers from Tallahassee and other parts of Florida. Volunteers serve as trainers, mentors, speakers, college advisers, business advisers, and interns.

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 65% of the girls in our programs demonstrate solid leadership skills as we train them.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they avoid risky behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 84% of our girls say they will avoid sexual activity and teenage pregnancy, after attending our Leadership Conference in 2016.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 76% of girls who attended our Leadership Conference in 2016 say their confidence level is high.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed knowledge about occupations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

During our Annual Leadership Conference and after school STEM program, girls learn about many different occupations in STEM and the arts and more. They are exposed to women who work in those fields.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 96% of girls who attended our Leadership Conference in 2016, said they are now aware of what they need to network effectively and feel comfortable socializing.

Number of youth who demonstrate motivation to learn

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

100% of the girls who apply to our programs and attend our events demonstrate a motivation to learn. Most girls are high achievers but lack resources. Others have resources but need an extra push.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Our girls are encouraged to volunteer. Services fulfills our purpose and connects us with others. Girls volunteer each year for Comcast Cares Day, Nursing Home Day, & also intern with us.

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Most of the girls who attend our Leadership Conference are inspired by being on the campus of a University, staying overnight in the dorms, and hearing from college students and graduates.

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

We teach girls the importance of exercising and to care for their bodies through a health and wellness fitness session. A trainer takes them through an exercise class, while doctors teach.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

The Annual Leadership Conference is a two-day event at a major University where girls stay overnight in the dorms, receive meals, materials, and prizes all at no cost. Business attire is also provided

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Annual Leadership Conference, Community Leadership Forum, PACE Summit, Back to School event, Financial Wellness event, Comcast Cares Day, Service Day at Nursing Home, Longest Table event, & programs.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

We host a number of community events and trainings for the girls with various numbers of attendees.

Number of girls prepared to apply to college.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Approximately 94% of participants in our Leadership Conference and STEM program in 2016 say they feel prepared to apply to college after attending.

Number of girls who want to be entrepreneurs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 73% of participants who at our Leadership Conference in 2016 say after attending they desire to become entrepreneurs.

Number of girls prepared for an interview.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Annual Leadership Conference

Context Notes

Approximately 96% of girls who participated in our Leadership Conference in 2016 say they are now prepared for an interview.

Number of participants who feel prepared to manage money.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Context Notes

Approximately 96% of girls who participated in our Leadership Conference and Financial Wellness Program say they now feel prepared to manage their money effectively.

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.

We aim to accomplish: 1. Building confidence and character in girls; 2. Helping girls discover their future potential and career field; 3. Exposing young women of color to STEM fields and opportunities 4. Mentoring young ladies into a career field; 5. Preparing girls for college, careers, and life; 6. Breaking the glass ceiling. Our program is one of prevention as well, that helps young ladies focus on the importance of personal and professional development, which eliminates the need for satisfaction in pregnancy as a teen, drugs, skipping school, violence, and the like. When young ladies are given opportunities, and have people in their lives who hold them accountable and help them reach their goals, they are unstoppable and less likely to be focused on anything other than succeeding. They learn the importance of service as it's being given to them, they learn that women are just as valuable, and they learn that they can succeed against all odds. We aim to see that girl graduate from college, or start her own business. We aim to see that girl get involved in STEM, get a mentor in STEM, and become a mathematician, like the women on Hidden Figures. We aim to see that girl tell a boy "no" to sex because she is focused on her education, and in turn she graduates with straight A's and takes advantage of the rewards through scholarships and offers she otherwise wouldn't have. We aim to see young ladies never held back, but held up with high standards and great value.

We intend to continue collaborating with organizations across the Nation to adopt our programs for their girls to be mentored in the career field of their choice, and help young ladies build confidence and character that will keep them focused and away from teenage pregnancy, drugs, skipping school, and more.

For years, our staff, trainers, and volunteers have had a passion for girls. We've developed evidence-based curriculum for other organizations to use, as well as evidence-based programs that show major results in building confidence, deterring girls from violence and teenage pregnancy, as well as establishing financial success in life that they would not have known otherwise. Our program proves that the majority of girls who are exposed to STEM fields highly consider a career in STEM. We've established partnerships with several major organizations and companies that back our programs. We have an outstanding reputation in the community and the State and take pride in serving girls to prepare them for success.

Our Leadership Conference results over the last 5 years have taught us (with 2017 results pending):
- 96% of girls committed to living a healthier, more balanced, and active life
- 73% of girls say their grades went up one month after attending
- Over 600 girls were informed about STEM careers, 40% learned of STEM for the first time
One of our girls, Bethany was featured on local television sharing how our programs have impacted her life. She is a success story for Ladies Learning to lead, one who is an underserved minority, who was a 'C' student, working through high school to support her family. After 4 years in our programs Bethany is:
• A straight 'A' student at Godby High School
• Perusing a career in STEM
• One of few in the State chosen to attend The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders program
• A temporary employee for the City of Tallahassee
Our STEM program has produced shocking results, training 15 girls how to code, create websites, and 5 of them earned a spot in a Statewide Girls STEM competition, with one coming in 4th place. All of those girls gained an interest in STEM, and two went to college to major in a STEM field. Our next step is to establish our mentoring program across the Nation, and school clubs for girls to build their leadership skills, and get prepared to be successful future leaders.

Financials

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

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LADIES LEARNING TO LEAD INC

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Marcella Torres

L3 - Ladies Learning to Lead

Term: 2014 - 2018

Glenda Thornton

Accretive Health

Johnitta Wells

Rockstar Ravens

Chicarla Pye

State of Florida - House of Representatives

Bob Asztalos

Florida Health Care Association

Karen Sorrell

Florida Association

Bethany Chandler

College Student

Renard Head

Florida Blue

Elizabeth Hughes

High School Student

Stephanie Vaughn

Fundraiser

Mickey Moore

TMH Foundation

Lisa Brown

Tallahassee Leon Federal Credit Union

Frank Rong

Frank Rong CPA

Marcella Torres

Symphony Seven School

Christic Henry

Kingdom First Realty

Jabari Paul

Consultant

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