Our dreams can certainly come true, but a goal without a plan is just a wish. A possibility will never become a reality without taking some kind of action. So the question is – how do we get where we want to go? For Phenomenal Young Women, a nonprofit in White Plains, Maryland, that answer is simple: build a blueprint for success first and follow this guide all the way to turning your dreams into reality. This is a mission we’re proud to stand behind and support through our Give Your Brand a Hand initiative.
Give Your Brand a Hand is meant to provide organizations like Phenomenal Young Women the chance to get the marketing materials they need to be successful. Applicants who make less than $1 million in annual revenue and have fewer than 50 employees can enter for their chance at securing $500 in free promotional products. Our team hand-picks the recipients based on their mission and their answer to the question: “What would you do with $500 in promo items?”
“We are all about supporting the girls to embrace resilience and empower excellence. We would use the $500 to continue promoting and bring more girls into the organization.” – Tajala L.
Spread Your Wings
Started by Tajala Lockhart and Zandrique Harrold in 2016, Phenomenal Young Women inspires young women to be their best while learning what it takes to become successful, all while building a powerful sisterhood. Funding for this organization doesn’t grow on trees and these motivated entrepreneurs often have to reach into their own wallets to cover the expenses of traveling to events, booking hotel rooms, and providing the girls with the best possible experience. “I’m a little girl from the projects that had a rough life and I didn’t have the things that I’m doing for my daughter and young girls in my community,” said Tajala L., “It’s worth the risk for me to invest the little money that I do have in teaching the girls how to support one another and prepare for their future.”
Phenomenal Young Women invites girls as young as eight-years-old to join their organization and build their butterfly blueprint. This blueprint begins with a walk around the neighborhood and the question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?” From there, the girls address each wing of the butterfly: academics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and health & wellness to help them achieve their goals of where they want to be in the future.
“We didn’t figure that thing we wanted to do out until high school. And then even if we thought it was the right thing, we didn’t do it, we didn’t know how to approach it, or we got scared. As they grow, we’re building upon this blueprint as we try to figure out who we’re going to be.” – Tajala L.
To further help them grow and achieve their dreams, the group goes to a number of empowering events meant to teach the girls more and help them on their path to success. These events include Girls Can Do in DC where they are able to speak with successful people who’ve worked with the likes of Beyonce and Michelle Obama or Girls for Women in North Carolina to learn self-defense skills. That’s on top of STEM workshops, group outings, and even creating dolls with another GYBAH recipient, The Ragbaby Exchange.
Thanks to the extra $500 from Give Your Brand a Hand, Lockhart and Harrold were able to supply all the girls in the organization with their very own metallic journals.
These custom notebooks were handed out during their Back to School meeting, where all the girls were encouraged to write their goals for the school year and develop a plan for meeting those goals. After all, one note in their journal can be just what they need to keep their minds churning and bring them one step closer to achieving their dreams!
Are you a small business owner looking for a marketing boost? Enter for your chance to get a helping hand by telling us your unique story at www.giveyourbrandahand.com!
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