Our Mission and Vision
Founded in 2014, starting with just five girls, Manage Emotions Avoid Negativity Girls Inc. affectionately known as M.E.A.N. Girls Empowerment™ is a charitable, tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization, serving the Chicagoland area, targeting girls in high-risk communities on Chicago’s south side and in the south suburbs.. Our organization aims to prevent bullying; and we strive to empower young ladies to live a positive healthy lifestyle and achieve their personal best.
Our mission is to empower girls ages 8 to 18 to avoid negativity, build self-confidence, and pursue their goals through perseverance, courage, and creativity. We carry out our work through community-based mentoring programs that operate every spring and fall semester on bi-weekly Saturday's at local libraries, churches, and community centers. We have served more than 1,000 girls since our inception utilizing the MGE-designed 16-session curriculum.
Motivate her to make positive lifestyle choices
Empower her to take action and use her voice
Affirm her to embrace her unique individuality
Nurture her confidence and self‐esteem
Our Core Values
To create a safe supportive space for young ladies that are dealing with bullying, aggression, harassment, violence, abuse, and related issues while empowering those young ladies to be advocates for change in the community.
Based on statistics from stopbullying.gov, 28% of U.S. students in 6th-12th grade have experienced bullying and just under 20% of high school students were bullied on school property. Girls make up 20.2% of those cases (CDC, 2019 data). The research further indicates that bullying in school not only affects students’ physical, emotional, and psychosocial lives, it also affects their academic achievements and their classwork directly.