On Monday, January 16, 2017, Essence of a Lady, Inc, in partnership with My Brother's Keeper Houston (Mentoring Iniative of President Obama's), Frenchey's Chicken, Soul Food By Catherine's and The Fountain of Praise Youth Church will launch Young Men Empowered (Y-ME?). Every year, Essence of a Lady, Incorporated celebrates National Mentoring Month with our YELL!Mentoring program for school-age girls and our philanthropic program, E'Ladies Network. Women, girls, sponsors, and supporters come together to learn more about mentoring, sign up to volunteer, register girls to participate in our upcoming programs and events, and make pledges/donations to support the programs and events.
This year, we are taking on the charge to help school-age boys through the Y-ME? Mentoring program. Through research, we discorvered 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. In 2017, our focus is to educate, mentor, and empower 50-100 male youth between 8-18 years old.
Our partnership with Frenchey's Chicken and Soul Food by Catherine's enables us to set up the event and provide materials and supplies for the educational activities, food, and event coordination.
We are extremely excited to work with a targeted audience of male youth through The Fountain of Praise Youth Church. In addition, our desire is to kick off this critical initiative for boys at the Fountain of Life Center.
After over 27 years, Essence of a Lady, Incorporated has worked in schools and the community supporting small business women and school-aged girls. We look forward to the collaboration of faith-based, community, small-business, and this 501(c)3 sustainable nonprofit to empower our most vulnerable population.
To register to attend the event, volunteer, or sponsorship information, complete the form below.