Beautiful Seed Foundation for Young Women of Color is building a pipeline for girls to be the next generation of ambitious, strong, and powerful women in the world! We exist to help young women of color between the ages of 12-25 recognize their greatness, utilize their gifts, and impact the world positively through mentoring, global leadership opportunities, college access and readiness, and community service through a faith-based, social justice and empowerment lens. In Beautiful Seed, we believe that there are five components that will lead a young women of color to a successful life: Faith Seed (character development, values and morality), Wellness Seed (mental, social and emotional wellness), Study Seed (College and Career Readiness), Global Seed(community service, study abroad and global awareness) and Leadership Seed (civic education and social justice).
Kenya Joyce Hatch
Founder and Executive Director
Kenya Joyce Hatch is a Visionary Leader, Bridge Builder and Experienced Educator with over twelve years of experience instructing elementary, middle and high school students, securing community resources, successfully operating the admissions process, marketing, and student recruitment, and implementing effective programs for students and families from urban and rural communities. Born and raised in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's west side, her professional background also includes three years teaching overseas in Singapore, London, and Ghana. Kenya graduated with a Bachelors degree in Family and Child Urban Studies with an International Emphasis from Northern Illinois University. She founded Beautiful Seed as a positive outlet for young girls of color, collaborating with several educational institutions, including KIPP Delta Public Schools, Noble Network Charter Charter Schools and Girls, Incorporated of Huntsville.
Wellness Seed Director
Robin Johnson is a Chicago native who has been serving her community since she was old enough to do so on her own. Much of her experience includes working with our most vulnerable populations (i.e. homeless youth, LGBTQ, intellectually disabled/mentally ill, young mothers, etc.) Going through some very traumatic experiences that included losing her mother at the age of 7, Robin allowed that to fuel her passion for helping those who need it most. Growing up without a maternal figure, she knew at a young age that she needed to be to young girls what she never consistently had from a woman, guidance and support. This directed her right into social services. Robin serves as a mentor to young ladies at her church and is currently in progress of completing her MSW/MBA with the goal of being able to provide more resources to people of color. In the Wellness Seed program, girls will be able to dive into the conquest of wellness and develop skills and strategies on how to maintain wholeness.
Global Seed Director
Janelle Miller serves as the Global Seed Director for Beautiful Seed. She is currently the Academic Dean of Providence-Englewood Charter School and focuses on improving and monitoring the academic health of the school through student, teacher, and parental support. After graduating from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Janelle earned her Master’s degree in Teaching from Dominican University, her M.B.A from Loyola University, and her Master’s degree in Math Education from Illinois Institute of Technology. Through the Global Seed program, girls will be able to learn about the importance of community service and also take advantage of study abroad opportunities to develop global awareness.
Faith Seed Director
April serves as one of the Faith Seed Directors for Beautiful Seed. Growing up in the Austin Community, April has a Masters Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. April knows first hand of the phrase it "takes a village" from being a teenage mother. April has learned that life is all about having a great team and support system around you. As the Faith Seed Director, her saying is "if you tap into your inner beauty, you will find that life is about love, sacrifice, and service to others, and once you tap into that, GOD will allow your GREATNESS TO FLOW!!!!" Girls will have the opportunity to discover and nurture their faith through Faith Seed's "Girl, Let's Chat' sessions, which happens every third Saturday.
Study Seed Director
Quavonna serves as the Study Seed Director for Beautiful Seed. She received her Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a concentration in Youth and Family Services from Eastern Illinois University in 2015. She’s always had a passion to be a resource and change the lives of disadvantaged youth and families around the world. Vonna holds a particular passion for helping individuals go to college and be successful in their post- secondary endeavors. She is currently studying to get her Masters of Social Work in Administration and Planning at Chicago State University. She also serves as a Recruitment Counselor for Chicago State University, where she helps individuals navigate through the college admission and financial aid process. She hopes to use her knowledge and skills to help make the college going process easy, accessible and affordable for all.
Leadership Seed Director
Monika serves as the Leadership Seed Director of Beautiful Seed. She graduated with honors with both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a first-year, elementary school teacher with the Chicago Public Schools. In the Leadership Seed program, Beautiful Seed partners with middle and high schools throughout Chicago to implement and coach girls on the value of civic education and social justice. Girls are eligible to earn co-curricular credit through participation of this program.
Estella serves as the Outreach Director of Beautiful Seed. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Women's Studies, a Bachelor/Masters Arts dual degree in Biblical Counseling and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling at the Master's International University of Divinity. Her goal for Faith Seed is to Empower, Encourage and Educate the lives of young women through communications (Girl's Let Chat), awareness, and love.
Executive Director of Finance & Operations
Jessica Jones serves as the Finance and Operations Director of Beautiful Seed. She studied Business Management at Robert Morris University where she is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance. Jessica currently works at The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as the Finance and Operations Coordinator. She also serves as Head of Finance at New Mount Pilgrim Church and Fiscal Manager of the MAAFA Redemption Project. Jessica’s goal is to ensure that the participants are financially literate in their youth so that they can pursue purpose-driven lives without the financial worry or restraints.
Social Media Relations Intern
Meet Mari Taylor, the Social Media Relations intern for Beautiful Seed! She is currently a Nursing major and honors student at Western Illinois University and graduated at the top of the Class of 2017 from Christ the King Jesuit High School in Chicago. She embodies every part of what Beautiful Seed stands for and we are so proud to have her as a part of our team!
WAYS TO DONATE
We're on a mission to build a pipeline for girls to be the next generation of ambitious, strong, and powerful women in the world! YOU can help us do this work by contributing financial donations!
Beautiful Seed Foundation for Young Women
Take a look below to see our Sessions and Events!
Join us on Saturday, January 19th as we travel around the world through food and fun activities!
Join us for fun, food and Girl Talk during our Girls, Lets Chat sessions every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 12-2pm at 22 North Kildare Avenue in Chicago!
On September 30, please join us as we host a Meet and Greet with Linnae Harper from 12-2pm!
NOMINATE A GLAM GIRL
DO YOU KNOW A YOUNG GIRL WHO:
is creating positive change in their communities
made accomplishments in the area of academics, community organizing, entrepreneurship, health advocacy, STEM, athletics and social justice
is a young woman of color who currently lives in Chicago
Beautiful Seed's Programming is available to girls ages 12-25 in Chicago. To register a girl for our programs, please press download below and fill out the registration form. Once the form is received, we will review the information and contact you to give you further information. We are excited that you have chosen to be a part of Beautiful Seed!
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Beautiful Seed Partner! Our opportunities to partner with us includes a wide variety of options, including mentoring our girls, volunteering for programming, serving on our Executive Board of Directors and becoming an Advisory Board member. Please click the download button below and fill out the form. Once the form is received, we will review the information and contact you to finalize the partnership. We look forward to speaking with you soon!