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A Beautiful Me, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development - Business, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: A Beautiful Me's mission is to create better communities, one person at a time. Female participants in every stage of life will thrive personally and professionally through confidence building workshops, innovative programs, and special events.

Results: A Beautiful Me has worked with over 10,000 girls in Southeast Michigan since 2008. Participants in our workshops report a 100% increase in perceived self-worth.

Target demographics: Girls and women of ALL ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,000 girls and women build their confidence through workshops, programs & events.

Geographic areas served: Southeast Michigan

Programs: • “be-YOU-tiful” Workshop Signature Series to Build Self-Esteem & Confidence • "You're More Than You think You Are" Assembly & InService Program • Teen Business & Philanthropy Training: emerge360 Program at The Closet by A Beautiful Me • Personal Mission Statement Presentation • Anti-Cyber Harassment Presentation

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 LaForge

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly donor for more than 6 years. I have also held several fund raisers at work. The positive messages ABME delivers are perfect for team building. They are especially talented at adapting and growing as the needs of the communities they serve change. AMBE keeps me informed and engaged ever step of their journey. I really feel like my donation is making a difference!

1 Josephine S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a donor, past board member (7 years), program facilitator, past volunteer coordinator, Jill-of-all-trades operations support...I give back to A Beautiful Me (ABMe) in many ways because my cup becomes filled with knowing the impact of giving women of all ages the opportunity to examine their inner beauty. You can watch this change in just four 2-hour workshop sessions and with teens-in-training at The Closet by ABMe! Our program is fun, interactive, relatable and memorable. We often hear, I wish there was a program like this when I was growing up. It's never too late to embrace your inner beauty and ABMe welcomes the opportunity for you to join in many ways!

1 Abigail S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My passion is serving children and youth. I got my college degree in Children's Ministry, and have volunteered with many churches and non-profits in this field. Before my daughter was born, I substitute taught PreK-12th grade in my community. When I was ready to return to work, I started a position mentoring teens with A Beautiful Me's retail enterprise, The Closet by A Beautiful Me. It has been such an incredible opportunity to influence the teens in our community and to engage with beautiful women of all ages. Every person who works for or volunteers with ABMe is passionate about serving their community and having fun while doing so!

ABMe, in a nutshell, is a bundle of energy and encouragement that is making a difference with girls of all ages, showing them their true worth.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with ABMe was as an attendee at their Signature Fundraiser in 2015. Their mission of improving self esteem in women and girls resonated with me so deeply that I began volunteering for the organization. Having nieces who have attended the after school workshops and business trainings, I could see the impact that they were having. Now as a Board member, I am appreciating how well the organization is run. I highly recommend parents, aunts and uncles to get their girls/nieces involved in the organization! You will be amazed at how their confidence grows!

2 Philip P.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been honored to serve on A Beautiful Me's board for over 2 years and in that short time have watched the organization grow in its outreach and impact on the lives of many young girls. A Beautiful Me's workshops, activities and events help these young girls build their confidence, increase their self-esteem and realize they are loved.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I knew this non-profit was different from my first encounter with one of our workshop coordinators. The love and passion for our cause is evident from the staff, volunteers, and board of directors. Our founder, and Executive Director, Karen Palka, does an amazing job of sharing her ideas and vision; then the team gets to work. I'm incredibly honored, and proud, to be a part of A Beautiful Me!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with A Beautiful Me for over two years as a workshop facilitator at our local elementary schools. I am so impressed with the curriculum and exercises that take place in the four-week program. These young ladies really respond to the content and so many discussions about self-esteem and confidence. When I run into the girls in the community, they still remember what they learned. The founder and CEO of A Beautiful Me is committed and relentless to reach more young ladies.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Beautiful Me helped my grandaughter come out of her shyness shell. She was an 'Affirmation Girl' at the Annual A Beautiful Me Fashion Show (after she took the seminar) and she was so CONFIDENT. My buttons were popping--She had a WONDERFUL time. Getting involved with A Beautiful Me has helped my granddaughter SERVE in new areas in her life. Service builds self esteem. A Beautiful Me offers many opportunities to girls and young women and CHANGES their lives for GOOD.

2 AnnSchultz501c3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with “A Beautiful Me” as a volunteer. Specifically, I brought an idea for a wedding-themed fundraising run/walk to Karen (the charity’s founder) to help benefit her programs, which teach girls to recognize their inherent worth and value. Karen, and a team of talented ladies, put on a wonderful community event that raised money to provide scholarships for program participants.

I volunteer for “A Beautiful Me” because I fully support its mission, but also because of how well Karen runs the non-profit. She is organized, dependable, and successful in achieving her organizational mission. She also employs a small staff of amazing women who help
transform the non-profit’s vision into reality.

We volunteers know that when we contribute our valuable time to “A Beautiful Me,” that we are making a real difference in the lives of program participants. From training girls in business principles and philanthropy, to helping them build their self-esteem, “A Beautiful Me” helps create future female leaders and women who know that they matter, and who know that they truly can make the world a better place.

4 Jill Secory M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission, and a wonderful team of women who demonstrate the organization's core beliefs each day. It is a pleasure to work with A Beautiful Me!

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member for A Beautiful Me. I am blown away by the work that is done by not only the Board but also the nonprofit as a whole. The thoroughness and attention to detail is unmatched. Other nonprofits could learn so much from this group. I am so excited to learn more and become more involved in A Beautiful Me’s workshops and other events.

4 Chris K.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with A Beautiful Me for just over a year. As a mother of a daughter who struggled with self esteem I am so excited to work with this group. Everything thing they do has such positive energy. I would like for them to be able to reach every young girl.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Beautiful Me workshops have had a big impact on young girls. I have seen first hand the increase in self-love and confidence among girls course by course as they learn more about inner beauty.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABMe is a wonderful program. I know this first hand. I have been volunteering for this organization for several years. I so enjoy working with the girls in the 4 week 2 hour workshop at the schools. To watch these young girls develop their confidence and mainly gain self-respect is a joy. My favorite part is when we discuss magazine ads and how the models images are photoshopped and manipulated to sell their products. The girls shoulders rise, knowing that they really don’t look that way. The girls learn in the workshops to use their I words to communicate and learn to journal their thoughts. They also express their dreams and goals by making dream boards. I’m proud to be a part of this organization.
Also Karens SOAR program for teen girls learning Entrepreneurship and gaining self confidence to be a young professional.
And our amazing Annual Avant HaIr Show fundraiser. Unfortunately, we will not be holding the event this year with Covid, look for it in 2021.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Beautiful Me is a wonderful nonprofit that is suppose to help young women with self esteem, not only does it do that it does so much more. As a volunteer with A Beautiful Me I’ve met some amazing women that have help mold me into a better person.Not only has it help me realize that there’s so much out there but it’s also help me realize that you can put your mind to any creative task and be able to make it bigger then you ever could imagine.

8 Kim_143

Donor

Rating: 5

A Beautiful Me shares a message of self-esteem, value & significance for ALL women, but especially young girls who are forming life-long ideologies regarding their worth. It is a message that transcends culture, socioeconomic status and language - and I've personally witnessed the positive impact this program has had on young girls here in Michigan, as well as globally, in Guatemala. Amazing program with lasting value!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Beautiful Me is an amazing organization that primarily assist girls in school with confidence-building activities through successful, fun, interactive workshops.