The Girls Rule! Empowerment Boutique has moved!
Thanks to the folks at Spreadshirt, we’ve expanded our design options for women and girls!

Make A Purchase With A Purpose!

Make A Purchase With A Purpose!

Shop our boutique to satisfy your inner fashionista while empowering your soul!

All proceeds benefit Girls Rule! programs, services and scholarships. Shop today!

Thank you for your support!

Sisterly,
Ladon

In case you missed it – the theme for today’s #inspirational #mentor & #women business leaders call was based upon this James Baldwin quote:

“Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightensLadon Brumfield Blog effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. – James Baldwin”

Join Us For An Empowering STEM Workshop Series for Girls!
September 13, 2014 (Various Sites – See Workshop Listing)

Varies:  10:30am and 12:30pm start times

 
Girls Rule! Internal Drive Tech TourWEB DESIGNISTA
Ages 8-14|Beginner – Intermediate| Register
 
Imagine.  Design.  Code.  Share.Participants registered for this fun and exciting workshop will design their very own webpage in just one day.   Through fun and engaging games and activities, girls will learn the foundations of web design through introduction to HTML coding and CSS and .   Participants are invited to bring their own laptop or iPad, but it is not required.  Computers and workstations available on site.  

Hyde Park – Sept. 13  Click here to enroll or for more information

Girls Rule!
http://www.girlz-rule.org

Topic: Non-Profit Administrative and Financial Management Tips

Ladon Brumfield, Girls Rule! Executive Director and non profit consultant discusses administrative and financial management best practices and pitfalls you’ll want to employ to avoid for planning a successful Silent Auction

Fundraising Ideas For Non-Profit Organizations: C…:

Recently, during a conversation about my full-time work with Girls Rule!, I was asked how volunteer Executive Directors who desire to work for their organizations full-time, may raise funds to cover their salaries.  While we discussed development of operational budges, fundraising strategies and program budgets, many were unfamiliar with capacity grants and the role they play in financially supporting various aspects of Executive Director level activities and job functions. 

Capacity Building Grants – Where/What Are They? 
You may find these funding opportunities by conducting topical grant searches for capacity building grants.  Capacity building grants are grants provided by foundations and other funders to support many Executive Director and staff responsibilities and tasks, such as:

Strategic Planning

Activities related to developing partnerships or collaboration with NPOs

Program development and research

Attending professional development and networking opportunities

Strategies to enhance the operations of your org

and so on…

When developing your organizational cost centers, a portion of your time would be charged against and paid for by these funds and therefore would support a part of your salary. 

Many organizations focus on grants designed to solely support their programs and sometimes overlook this important funding opportunity which goes a long way to supporting work designed to equip your organization to carry out its mission.

Hope this helps!

Ladon Brumfield

Girls Rule!
www.girlz-rule.org

Just Going Through The Motions In Life?

Don’t feel bad. In life, many people experience those moments.  And contrary to popular belief, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing.264

Sometimes the act of, “just going through the motions” during valley moments when your dreams aren’t manifesting, that business isn’t flourishing or “them kids” don’t seem to heed your guidance and you’d ordinarily just give up – is the very thing that propels you through challenging times and into the materialization of your harvest.

I believe the ability to honor ones vision or purpose in season and out – whether we’re “feeling it” or not, cultivates the discipline, maturity and personal growth necessary to manage through the “good times.”

So when you’re feeling discouraged, don’t give up. Show up!

Sisterly,

Ladon

Ladon Brumfield is founding Executive Director of Chicago-based girls mentoring organization, Girls Rule! (www.girlz-rule.org).

Girls Rule! Inspires Girls To Become The Architects Of Their Own Future Through Exposure To STEM Careers And Skill-sets.
Internal Drive Tech Tour: August, 2014

 

Join us in the South Loop, Hyde Park or Oak Park for the Internal Drive Girls Tech Tour! 

Each Internal Drive Tech Tour workshop introduces girls to the world of technology though hands on application of design, coding and creative collaboration games,

activities and tools.

                                                   Build an Android App In A Day!

Girls Rule! creates a safe and empowering space where girls learn coding fundamentals, build their own unique webpages, apps or games and explore tech careers and entrepreneurial pursuits! 

These workshop experiences have been designed to inspire girls to chart a course toward success, while forging friendships with other young ladies who walking confidently in the same direction.

We hope you’ll join us! 

Internal Drive Workshop experiences include:

  • WebDesignista: Design a webpage/site in a day using foundational HTML coding and design techniques.
  • APP Brewista: Girls will build an Android App from Scratch
  • Game Designista:  Girls will work individually and within peer led teams to design their own interactive games using coding techniques.

Register Now!  Please consider using our Friends Of Girls Rule! Discount Code: GirlsRule15 (valid July 25 – 28, 2014).

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule!
Inspiring Girls To Blend…OUT! 
Recipients of the 2013 & 2014 Best Of Chicago Award: Middle & High School Programs Category
www.girlz-rule.org  

Chicago Award Program Honors the Achievements Mentoring Organization.

CHICAGO October 21, 2013 — Girls Rule! (www.girlz-rule.org) has been selected for the 2013 Best of Chicago Award in the Middle School & High Schools category by the Chicago Award Program.

Each year, the Chicago Award Program identifies companies and organizations that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chicago area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Chicago Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chicago Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Girls Rule!

Girls Rule! is a goal driven organization whose mission is to empower and aid in the self development of young girls, ages 7 – 18 residing in urban communities.

Guided by its values and beliefs, Girls Rule! provides vital programs that help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential and prepare them to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

Of the girls the organization serves, 74 percent are girls of color; 35 percent come from families earning $25,000 annually or less; and 37 percent live with two parents.

Girls Rule! develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, bullying, social and emotional intelligence, pregnancy, drug abuse and HIV prevention, leadership, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention and healthy lifestyles.

The Program also provides social and business etiquette programming young ladies and gentlemen ages 5 – 18. Their Etiquette Imperative program provides etiquette curriculum and Etiquette Instructor certification opportunities to individuals and youth serving organizations who desire to teach etiquette and civility skills in their local communities.

About the Chicago Award Progra
m

The Chicago Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chicago area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Chicago Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Chicago Award Program

CONTACT:
Chicago Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@claimaward.com
URL: http://www.claimaward.com

A new study on fathers’ involvement with their children reveals that Black men are more active in their child’s life than ever.

Out of the Black fathers who live with their children, 75 percent help with tasks like bathing and diapering, compared to 60 percent White and 45 percent Latino. The study, which involved 3,900 men between 2006 and 2010, also showed that 35 percent of Black fathers who lived with their young children said they read to them daily, compared to 30 percent of White dads and 22 precent of Latino dads.

In addition, the study found that Black fathers who lived outside of the house were at least as involved as other dads who didn’t live with their kids, or more so.

You can vote and check out other people’s point of view over on ESSENCE.com. What do you think? Do Black fathers get a bad rep? Is it that one bad apple spoiling the bunch thing?

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/336126/black-fathers-getting-bad-rep-studies-show-answer-yes/#sthash.unYz88yA.dpuf

From Essence
ImageA new study on fathers’ involvement with their children reveals that Black men are more active in their child’s life than ever.

Out of the Black fathers who live with their children, 75 percent help with tasks like bathing and diapering, compared to 60 percent White and 45 percent Latino. The study, which involved 3,900 men between 2006 and 2010, also showed that 35 percent of Black fathers who lived with their young children said they read to them daily, compared to 30 percent of White dads and 22 precent of Latino dads.

In addition, the study found that Black fathers who lived outside of the house were at least as involved as other dads who didn’t live with their kids, or more so.

You can vote and check out other people’s point of view over on ESSENCE.com. What do you think? Do Black fathers get a bad rep? Is it that one bad apple spoiling the bunch thing?

 

 

 

 

A new study on fathers’ involvement with their children reveals that Black men are more active in their child’s life than ever.

Out of the Black fathers who live with their children, 75 percent help with tasks like bathing and diapering, compared to 60 percent White and 45 percent Latino. The study, which involved 3,900 men between 2006 and 2010, also showed that 35 percent of Black fathers who lived with their young children said they read to them daily, compared to 30 percent of White dads and 22 precent of Latino dads.

In addition, the study found that Black fathers who lived outside of the house were at least as involved as other dads who didn’t live with their kids, or more so.

You can vote and check out other people’s point of view over on ESSENCE.com. What do you think? Do Black fathers get a bad rep? Is it that one bad apple spoiling the bunch thing?

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/336126/black-fathers-getting-bad-rep-studies-show-answer-yes/#sthash.unYz88yA.dpuf

A new study on fathers’ involvement with their children reveals that Black men are more active in their child’s life than ever.

Out of the Black fathers who live with their children, 75 percent help with tasks like bathing and diapering, compared to 60 percent White and 45 percent Latino. The study, which involved 3,900 men between 2006 and 2010, also showed that 35 percent of Black fathers who lived with their young children said they read to them daily, compared to 30 percent of White dads and 22 precent of Latino dads.

In addition, the study found that Black fathers who lived outside of the house were at least as involved as other dads who didn’t live with their kids, or more so.

You can vote and check out other people’s point of view over on ESSENCE.com. What do you think? Do Black fathers get a bad rep? Is it that one bad apple spoiling the bunch thing?

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/336126/black-fathers-getting-bad-rep-studies-show-answer-yes/#sthash.unYz88yA.dpuf

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The Etiquette Imperative Workshops

The Know Your Destination Etiquette Series.

The Etiquette Imperative, as featured on The Evening News with Katie Couric, Chicago's NBC 5 and in other media outlets, provides an organized opportunity for discussion of the rules of etiquette in an age appropriate fun and engaging manner.

Access to these esteem building, critical life skills help girls to successfully navigate social situations, enhance their communication skills and serve them well as they transition in to adulthood. Learn more!

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