PLATINUM2023

SPEAK UP EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION

Yes, You Can!

Long Beach, CA   |  www.speakupempowermentfoundation.org

Mission

Our 3-part mission of education, encouragement and empowerment is a progressive movement to remind single parents - especially single moms - everywhere that “Yes, You Can!” succeed when all the odds say No, You Can’t. We promote “empowered" parenting skills; physical, mental, emotional health & wellness; financial literacy & sufficiency; and educational quality for families that are headed by a single parent. Our mentoring program offers guided life plan development. The program is designed specifically for families headed by a single parent, particularly those of underserved and under-resourced communities; and, is powered by experienced business coaches.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for your favorable consideration!!

Ruling year info

2020

President

Ms. Robbie Butler

Main address

4470 Atlantic Ave., Unit 17771

Long Beach, CA 90807 USA

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EIN

47-4641653

NTEE code info

(Single Parent Agencies/Services) (P42)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We strive to meet the growing need of providing access to resources, training, and support for female-headed single-parent families in Greater Long Beach and surrounding areas. Our annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum event isn’t a promotion of single motherhood; instead, it’s the promotion of health and wellbeing through community and civic engagement to affect our community’s overall health.

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?

Annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum

The annual empowerment forum event is our company's pre-Mother's Day gift to the single mom community. it includes: Morning and afternoon expert personal & professional development speakers; Meet & greet w/the panel speakers; FREE childcare; 3-course plated lunch; De-stress center with pamper services; Gift bags; and Community Empowerment Leader recognitions.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation 2023

City of Long Beach

Certificate of Recognition 2023

California Legislature Assembly

Certificate of Recognition 2023

State of California Senate

Affiliations & memberships

City of Long Beach 2023

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 participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Adults, People of African descent, Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum is an annual community celebration that attracts a wide range of participants. The 2020 event was postponed due to Covid-19 but resumed in 2021 virtually.

Number of members from priority population attending training

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

Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Mentoring Program connects Mentees with a Mentor to strategically develop a life plan & guide the professional development of our participants. 2022 activity increased with Covid-19 education.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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

People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, Adolescent parents, Foster and adoptive parents, Single parents

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our company conducted its annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum, Mentor Program workshops & trainings, and community Covid-19 outreach & protection education events.

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.

Our overall goal is to empower the single mom with a compilation of easy to access resources that will help develop strategies for her to succeed as an effective parent, smart consumer, and savvy businessperson.

We want to conceptually share wisdom and tools to build a support network to help single moms gain and maintain the confidence and courage to pursue their dreams.

We also pursue community collaborations & partnerships that enable us to provide single moms and their families with various end of year gifting opportunities.

Most of our lives have been touched by a single mom - and statistics support that nearly 25% of all U.S. households with children are headed by a single mother. This an avenue that allows us all to make an impact on lives that are otherwise often overlooked and/or brushed aside.

Our advocacy, outreach, and engagement missions include improving our community’s neighborhoods through quality health and wellness programs (mental, physical, emotional); and increased educational quality.

We bring single moms together each April for a day of learning and sharing via the annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum program. This was created as, and continues to be our annual pre-Mother’s Day gift to the single mom community.

We also successfully launched our spinoff, the Ms. Single Mom Mentor Program, in Spring 2018. The mentoring program was created to keep our audience engaged year-round and closely monitor the impact of our efforts against objectives. It enables us to directly monitor the individual progresses of our program participants, and to date it has attracted more than 20 seasoned professional businesswomen who serve as a Mentor/Coach - and almost 50 very excited Mentees.

The Mentors guide and support by sharing their personal experiences, acquired knowledge, and business wisdom to increase the Mentees’ overall personal & professional growth. This process will lead to increased employability, health, and overall wellbeing.

More than 550 attendees have already shared an inspirational day of encouragement, education, inspiration, and empowerment at the annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum(s). Each year, our event registration & attendance costs are free to many of our attendees - thanks to generous sponsors and supporters!

This is a full day program that includes morning and afternoon panels with expert speakers.

Our attendees are able to personally meet and interact with the speakers, vendors, and various company or school representatives regarding employment and educational opportunities.

We also provide lunch and limited complimentary childcare.

The impact of our community outreach has shown steady progress over the past five years.

Our inaugural Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum was held in April 2016 - and the second was in April 2017 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Long Beach, CA. Our participant numbers grew from 100 to 150.

Our third event was held in April 2018, and we serviced almost 200 attendees at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Grand Ballroom. The 4th Annual Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum was held there again on April 13, 2019, where we serviced more than 200 attendees.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was postponed.

Our subsequent 5th Ms. Single Mom Empowerment Forum was reimaged and hosted virtually via Zoom from the Long Beach Airport Marriott Grand Ballroom on April 24, 2021. Our 5-year milestone participant numbers included online participants from as far away as Maryland - and we expect this trend to continue as we craft a future hybrid program.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Reginald Butler

Arrowhead Aerospace

Term: 2002 - 2022

Reginald Butler

Arrowhead Aerospace Company

Grace Mapp

LACOE

Barbara Sullivan

Sullivan International

Phyllis Venable

Silhouette Consulting

Felton Williams

LBUSD

Minnie Douglas

LBCC Emeritus

Zenobia Millet

Media Technologies

Tonie Washington

Sistah CEO Publishing

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No
  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.