Young Ladies, Inc., (a nonprofit organization) founded in 2015 by Debbie Thomas, who is a firm believer that no matter what type of situation you are in, your choices can and will determine your success in life. Your past should never cripple your future but strengthen it - that is where the transformation begins. You will know when you've succeeded when you are in a place that enables you to give back to your community.
YLI, a mentor and empowerment program, was established to give these young ladies the tools and resources to start the transformation in becoming successful. Our mission is to inspire, motivate and encourage young ladies to develop the need for the importance of positive self-image, personal responsibility, self-respect as well as respect for others, educational achievement and cultural enrichment so they can become change agents in their lives and their communities.
As research shows mentoring – when done well – can play a pivotal role in helping the youth succeed in life. Mentoring relationships help reduce the incidence of delinquency, substance abuse and academic failure. According to a recent study, The Mentoring Effective: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, there are 9 million at-risk young people who will reach adulthood without connecting with a mentor.
1 in 4 young ladies will not finish high school.
78% of young ladies under 17 are unhappy with their bodies.
3 in 10 young ladies will become pregnant before the age of 20.
1 in 5 young ladies will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse