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Mlles Alumnae

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Women, Womens Service Clubs, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: The MLLES (Mademoiselles) Alumnae, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 by Mlle. Shannan E. Johnson and Mlle. Brandii Mayes. The MLLES Alumnae, Inc. is comprised of young, professional women committed to mentoring and uplifting young ladies of color from the inner-city through cooperative projects and events that will help foster their development as model women in their communities and beyond. Major events include an annual conference and city-wide community service project.

Results: We have held nine annual conferences on education, health, social and life skills, reaching more than 250 young ladies each year; awarded more than $5000 in scholarships to academic achievers; held six community service projects to benefit the city of Houston; held 4 College Preparatory Workshops, co-programming with the Boys & Girls Club Houston.

Target demographics: Young ladies of color.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 250 young ladies in Houston, TX and its surrounding areas.

Geographic areas served: Houston, TX

Programs: Annual Mademoiselle Conference The MLLES Alumnae, Inc. Book Scholarship Citywide Community Service Project Officers Retreat College Prep Workshop Wine Sip & Social Fundraising Event (Adults Only) Gent & Mademoiselle Winter Ball

Community Stories

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I was a member of the MLLES in high school and now I am a member of the Alumnae and it has been an experience for me. I honestly believe that this organization and its host of dedicated members molded me into the woman I am today. I am so thankful to be a part of this organization and I know it is changing lives every step of the way.

Demetria C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mademoiselle is a service and social club for young ladies to be refined and developed into strong women in today's society. From the conference last weekend I was able to learn new things and broaden my horizons. I meet new friends and old friends alike and also got to learn more about my alumnae. As a graduating senior about to enter into the "real world", the things I learned at the conference will help me fight off the "Freshman 15" and also accommodate living with a roommate. I enjoyed the conference and had a ton of fun. I loved the chat off and will have very found memories of it as I go off to college. I plan on joining Mlle Alumnae, so that I can help the girls behind me and also show them that tom boys can be "young ladies".


Rating: 5

The MLLES organization has opened doors by serving the community with volunteer services and outreach programs. Several chapter in the Houston area cater to young ladies but helping them help others.


Rating: 5

Being a member of The MLLES Alumnae, Inc (TMA) has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to inspire hundreds of young girls through the platforms TMA provides. Each yar TMA hosts a conference full of seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and other services that are often facilitated by some of the most highly regarded professionals in respective fields. For years, TMA's mission and purpose have continually been met as young participants leave our conferences equipped with higher moral, self-confidence, preparation for scholastic achievement, and more. I have no doubt that our mission will continue to impact the community for years to come.


Rating: 5

By being a sponsor of this organization I have had the opportunity to influence girls of all socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities to become young successful women. Mademoiselles allows these young women to obtain business etiquette, community service, and social skills. Minority women are so often not afforded the same opportunities as other ethnic groups. However, this organization is helping to change that. It provides all the necessary tools that these young women need to become succcessful in life. The various workshops, community service events, and social activities are second to none. I would love to see the organization continue to expand across the city to give more girls opportunities they otherwise never would have had.


Rating: 4

MLLES Alumnae group foster the personal and professional development of high school girls. They introduce them to social skills, giving back through community services and

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mademoiselles is quite possibly one of the best organizations around! I could not have been in a better and more life preparing organization during high school. As a recent high school graduate and college freshman, I have reaped all of the benefits of the things I was taught during my time as a Mademoiselle. Having been on the executive board for the organization at my high school, I got many hours of experience hosting large community service and social events that prepared me to serve as a leader in large settings on my college campus. This is a skill that many freshman do not come into college having and seriously propels those of us that do ahead both in an outside of the classroom. Additionally, the Mademoiselle organization showed me what it was like to be a strong and successful working woman in today's society. The Mademoiselle organization brings shines the light on all of the many possibilities for women of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and truly shows young girls who may not have had the opportunity to see such things what they can have if they work extremely hard. Overall this is an excellent organization and I am incredibly grateful that I was a part of it. From learning simple things like what it takes to be a respected lady in today's society to even how to successfully market events and network with individuals I have gained an enormous amount from the Mademoiselle organization!


Rating: 5

I was a member of Mlles in High School and now I am a volunteer. As a student member and now an alumnae member I understand and see the benefits of this organization. I gained much and learned much about becoming a woman and I hope as a volunteer to help other young ladies with this life transition. The Mlles Alumnae do a great service for high school women in Houston, Texas. I am proud to serve as a member of the committee. This organization has a bright future, the best is yet to come.