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A Bigger Picture, Inc.

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: A Bigger Picture is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making a lasting difference in the lives of girls in grades 7-10 through mentorship, exposure, community service and travel opportunities.

Results: -Partnered with the Forestville Boys and Girls Club and El Haynes Public Charter School -Received our first grant from Dosomething.org -Over the summer of 2011 the girls volunteered over 90 hours of community service through our program -In September 2012, A Bigger Picture, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) organization - We received a book grant from First Book DC that provided college prep materials for the girls in the program

Target demographics: Girls in grades 7-10

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC and Maryland

Programs: A Bigger Picture partners with schools and community centers to provide girls in the Washington, DC and Maryland area with: •Educational and comprehensive workshops •Exposure to new experiences through our enrichment activities •An opportunity to give back through our community service projects •Traveling opportunities In turn our girls are provided with: •Leadership, confidence and forward-thinking skills •A safe place to learn and grow outside of a traditional classroom setting •Opportunities to develop positive relationships with other students and mentors •A positive attitude towards school and academics

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best and most focused mission I know. Chanel is the most enaging and inspiring leader I know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving this organization and seeing the difference it makes in the community has been nothing short of a privilege!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about A Bigger Picture when Chanel reached out to me as I was looking an internship in September. I immediately became interested in the organization and everything they do. Although I've only been with the organization for a short amount of time, I've definitely enjoyed it, especially getting to meet and work with the girls involved. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be a part of A Bigger Picture and look forward to seeing how the girls are able to grow over the next few months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a great organization where I could give back to young girls in the community. My first Saturday volunteering was so much fun working with the young girls. A Bigger Picture Is an amazing organization!

Ashley114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for this amazing organization, it has truly filled an empty place in my heart. I love everything Chanel is doing with this organization and I look forward to the months and years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about A Bigger Picture through a locat radio station. After hearing some of the great things they did with mentoring teens and within the community, I decided to inquire further and met Ms. Chanel Evan. Needless to say, I am glad to be a part of the volunteer team. I love the fact that the organization reaches out to girls and expose them to different areas that they will at some point encounter in their lives such as: building self confidence/self worth, leadership, financial management, preparing for the future albeit college and/or selected career choices, travel, community service and a multitude of other things. The teens and the staff are awesome to work with. I love my time spent with them and although I am a volunteer, I am there learning from them as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture is an organization I stumbled across on volunteer match and I am blown away! I've been with this org for two years and it is an absolute pleasure! Chanel and her staff are extremely organized,professional and one hundred percent dedicated to the mission. I admire that even as the founder, Chanel is still at every workshop, community service event, exposure trip, meeting etc.! That encourages me to continue, seeing how hands on and driven she is. The workshop topics are always educational and fun. I love how the topics encourage the young ladies to become well-rounded individuals. All in all, this is an awesome org with a bright future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping with the grants has been a privilege. Chanel and her staff do a great job of outreach within the community and are constantly looking for new ways to grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture, Inc. is a positive organization with an emphasis on character development for young teens and an avenue for broadening their horizons. I had the awesome opportunity of volunteering at the annual event this year as well as having my daughter as a participant . I was truly amazed at the turnout and the willingness and openness that the young ladies showed in the various activities. From makeup to branding themselves to career choices, it was truly a rewarding experience. All which can be attributed to the leadership of Ms. Evans. Her vision is truly exemplified in what she brings to the organization--an opportunity for developing confident, positive, and responsible well-rounded young women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture is an excellent organization that provides a phenomenal avenue for young teenage girls who need enrichment at the most delicate time of their lives. Not only do they receive the enrichment they need but they also get great support and build lasting relationships with other teenage girls who experience the same adolescent challenges. I have witnessed each young lady make positive and healthy steps in their relationships with their family, peers, and even with themselves. These girls develop a love and appreciation for themselves that is breathtaking. This organization provides impeccable experiences and timeless memories for the youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture caught my attention as soon as I heard Chanel Brown, the founder, on the radio speaking about a wonderful upcoming event for girls in the DC area. I immediately looked them up, contacted her and volunteered my time. The event was a wonderful success as it comprised of workshops and guest speakers presenting subject matter that is relevant to the lives of maturing teen girls. As a result of this event, I have pledged to volunteer more time with A Bigger Picture in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture creates a warm and welcoming environment for young women to share, grow and create lasting memories that will equip them as leaders for the 21st century. This organization provides the tools needed to strengthen the self-esteem of young girls today and instill the value of giving back to the community. I would definitely recommend this organization!

Sharron D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A Bigger Picture, Inc, is great program for young teens who are trying to find themselves and recognize who they really are without have to prove themselves to everyone. These teen girls are in great place to shine and explore with Chanel Evans, Founder & Executive Director and her fabulous team.

I admire A Bigger Picture to take a stand and become one to assist at-risk youth teen girls to love themselves and respect others. Learning to take a stand and be independent in life and thrive to earn good grades.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has set out to make a great impact on a community of young girls who would otherwise be over looked. I applaud A Bigger Picture, Inc. and all who are connected with it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By far this organization was ran top notch; the director/founder has a passion for helping and it shows in everything she does. I will always be available to help if needed inthe future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A bigger picture is a program that mentors young women. They focus on self esteem, self worth, an inter beauty. The girls come from all different backrounds and are faced with many of the same struggles into becoming a women. Everyone in this organization works very hard, and there is one common goal. While voulunteering you will experience a change in self which makes it so worth while.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I found out about this organization through an individual who attends the same university as me. I instantly fell in love with the program and the vision that Chanel Evans, the founder, has for these girls. The first time that I volunteered for this organization, there was the founder of Project Anti-Bully. Fabiana, the founder, shared her story of bullying. The girls listened intently and were genuinely interested in her story and what she had to say. I loved that the girls were open and honest about their bullying pasts and how they moved forward. I just love this organization and the impact that it has on the girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I worked for A Bigger Picture, Inc. as the Summer Program Coordinator in 2012 and have only positive things to say about my experience with the organization. A Bigger Picture's overall mission is so important in addressing the needs of young girls. When girls feel confident and inspired, they are more likely to pursue and reach their goals. A Bigger Picture's combination of workshops, community service, and travel opportunities allow girls to develop in well-rounded young women who are better able to participate in and give back to their communities. The wonderful program staff and volunteers are so dedicated to the girls, which results in a supportive environment for learning and growth.