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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

S.e. J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a member of The Mademoiselles as a student in HISD. I definitely understand the effect that the organization has on young ladies and the fact that The Alumnae are now working with the chapters has only empowered these young ladies more. It gives us the opportunity to mentor and give back to a community that is definitely in need. We are also able to work with the administrators on the campuses and with parents to ensure we are doing what's best for these young ladies in all aspects of their lives. Despite the fact that the organization has limited resources, The MLLES Alumnae has been able to host awesome character building events for the members of The Mademoiselles. As long as I am able to support them I definitely will with my time and other resources!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is one that despite minimal support, they are able to provide an enormous amount of opportunity to high school age, primarily minority, women. They promote pursing a strong education and being career-oriented all while ensuring that the qualities of a well-respected woman are maintained. This generation of young women is definitely benefitting from an organization who prides itself on the outcome of their efforts!

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