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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shannan J.


Rating: 4

The MLLES Alumnae is a necessary force within the Houston community. I would like to personally thank all of the alumnae, volunteers, sponsors and parents who help make this organization a force to be reckoned with for our young ladies of color. Thank you for your patience, time, advice, donations, and encouraging words not only to the students we serve but also to the Board, Co-Directors, Mentors and Committee Chairs who put in work year-round. This organization provides sisters to those who have none, friends to those who thought they didn't relate to other women, and mentors to those in need of guidance. At the end of the day, The MLLES Alumnae is a family that is rearing more than 250 children on 14 high school campuses. THANK YOU!


Rating: 4

It is an honor and pleasure to work with THE MLLES Alumnae, Inc to provide programming to teen girls of color across the Houston area. It's amazing to see so many women give unselfishly of their time to nurture and mentor teen girls.

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Rating: 5

This past weekend the MLLES hosted the 7th Annual Citywide Conference. It was one of the best yet! Teen girls get to participate in various workshops free of charge. This year's workshops focused on First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' Campaign and involved nutrition, fitness, health/hygiene, and public speaking! It's a great opportunity to see positive images and influences in the lives of teen girls of color!! This organization is helping to shape young women who will be leaders of tomorrow!