Program Schedule during the academic school year:
Every Tuesday 5-6pm
The 4th Saturday of each month from 1-4pm
Location: YMCA, 131 Tremont Ave SE, Massillon, OH 44646
YCare after school program at Gorell Elementary on Wednesdays
Franklin Elementary working with the 3rd Grade girls on Thursdays of the school year.
Community Service Project
BeYoutiful Weirdo youth participants have been involved in the following community service
June 2016 – Volunteered at the Legends Care Center Nursing Home. We played bingo
and facilitated an arts and craft activity with the seniors
July 2016 – Collected 100 Birthday Cards and sent them to a sick child in Arizona
December 2016 – Collected seasonal attire for those in needs
April 2017 – Volunteered at the Legends Care Center Nursing Home and planted flowers
June 2017 – Created Father’s Day cards for senior residents at the Legends Care Center
August 2017- Volunteer at the Legends Care Center Nursing Home and hosted Bingo
Volunteered at the Legends Care Center to pass out Candy for their Fall Festival
Since May 2016 partnerships with the YMCA, Monique Faye from R.I.S.E., the Massillon
Museum and the Women’s Impact Organization has formed. Our program runs on a bi-weekly
basis at the YMCA, we were able to donate homecoming dresses, and support the girls in the
R.I.S.E. program. As well as, participate in a free photography training, in which our girls
pictures were displayed in the Dr. Shirla R. Mcclain Gallery located in Akron, OH.
BeYoutiful Weirdo’s fundraising efforts have been in the form of car washes, holiday raffle
giveaways, and community donations. Fundraising is a group activity, and altogether we’ve
raised $2,125. From a private donor we’ve received $1,500 to support our program activities.
BeYoutiful Weirdo girls look forward to our annual special events. In one year time our
attendance at the special events have doubled.
Every March we host the Pretty Princess Tea Party
June 9 th – “I AM’ the power of words empowerment event
July 14 th – Fashion Show
Since July 2016 our community outreach has included participation in the Red White and Blue
Community event hosted by Corey Redvine in Massillon, OH. We donated prizes and a bouncy
house to this event. BeYoutiful Weirdo’s staff, volunteers and participants attended a Black
Lives Matter Rally, and the "Calling All Young Women" empowerment event at Mount Calvary
Baptist Church in Massillon, OH. BeYoutiful Weirdo’s founder, Ke’Aunte Harris was one of the
guest speaker along with a BeYoutiful Weirdo program participant. We’ve also hosted a craft
table at the Downtown Massillon Fun Fest, and in November 2016 attended the Links Luncheon,
where we were able to introduce our mentoring program and garner the interest of some
powerful women who supports BeYoutiful Weirdo’s expansion. Our outreach effort helps with
recruitment and increases program visibility.
Group Session and mentoring
Since May 28, 2016 we’ve been hosting our group sessions at the YMCA on a bi-weekly basis.
Our sessions have been focused on girl talk, life skills, education planning, and self-
awareness/self-esteem building. BeYoutiful Weirdo participants have expressed, on several
occasions, they feel comfortable with sharing and receiving feedback during our sessions.
We’ve had discussions around the girls’ dream job and created a layout of what it would take to
achieve that goal. A discussion and activity that was taken from the book 7 Steps to Discover
Your Inner greatness, by Cyrus Harper.
Our participants receive mentoring in the form of getting assistance with completing college
applications, dress shopping, and creating vision boards. We also encourage our girls to be
physically active by implementing workout activities.
BeYoutiful Weirdo girls participates in ongoing workshops which promotes emotional
development and mentoring. Below are a list of those workshops:
Self-Image workshop with Barbra Jean
Crafting workshop with Kita featuring motivational speaker Joy Ellis
Self-Love and Goal Seeking workshop
In 2018 we held a spa day with the Mayors Assistant, Ms. Linda Benson, and started our anti-
bullying stories. At the beginning of the school year, our girls received “Happy Jars” to keep them motivated.