I had the pleasure of interviewing Tracy Malbrough who is the founder of the nonprofit RISE Up Youth Empowerment based in Los Angeles, California.As I’m preparing for my mentor program to be a nonprofit, I’ve been interested in fairly new nonprofits ran by women all over the world. I like to see women with similar goals making a difference in their community.
Please read through the interview I had with Tracy and check out the different links for her nonprofit:
Ashley: When was RISE Up founded?
Tracy M: RISE Up was founded November 10, 2010
Ashley: How do you get parents/guardians and their girls interested about your non-profit?
Tracy M: As a fairly new organization we are still honing in on techniques to get girls and parents involved. However, utilizing social media, church, family, friends, and colleagues to spread the word has helped tremendously. We also reach out to schools, group homes and community agencies by posting flyers. Offering free workshops to our teens is also another way to keep parents interested in our organization.
Tracy M: Some of the challenges of operating a non-profit are finding funds, getting teens to stay consistent with attending the workshops regularly, recruiting volunteer and mentors.
Tracy M: I received help from family, friends and colleagues who gave their time, advice, funds, or encouragement. I also have a mentor who really gave me some advice and guidance which helped me step out on faith to start RISE Up.
Tracy M: I believe mentoring programs are effective in many communities. It serves as a safety net between home and school, which allows youth to be encouraged, motivated, and inspired. Mentoring programs serves as a support group to help youth stay focused on reaching their goals and guide them in a positive direction which will build their self esteem.
Tracy M: If you’re interested in giving back to your community, seek what best fits your interests and visit your local community centers, churches, Sheriffs departments, and parks. Do an internet search on mentoring programs in your area. You can give back in many ways donating your time, money,clothing, food, school supplies, just to name a few.
Tracy M: Have a love and passion for youth. Determine the needs by researching areas that will benefit the youth in the community. Develop relationships with local community leaders to help establish a solid network. Prayer works!