BEE CLUB INC.
BEE Club Inc. Becoming Empowered through Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Atlanta, GA that serves as a peer leadership group for teen girls. The organization was founded in 2013 with 100 girls at Westlake High School in Fulton County. Today, the organization has welcomed over 300 girls in Atlanta and has now expanded its program to Athens-Clarke County.
In 2018, BEE Club Inc. partnered with the Athens-Clarke County Library to implement a Special Initiative Leadership Grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Through the grant, we were able to expand the BEE Club to also serve girls at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA.
The Athens-Clarke County Library was awarded a Community Catalyst grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2018 to create a partnership with the University of Georgia School of Social Work with the goal of becoming a trauma-informed library. The two-year initiative includes social work internships at the library, trauma-informed training for all staff, and the establishment of the BEE Club.
BEE Club Inc. provides teen girls with the tools and resources to become organizational leaders in their schools and communities through the HIVE School Leadership Model. The HIVE School Leadership Model creates a safe space for teen girls to collaborate with school social workers and counselors to connect with community resources for personal and professional advancement.
BEE Club works to empower teen girls to become self-defined individuals, able to successfully navigate life both inside and outside of the classroom, through peer leadership, mentoring, life skills learning, youth advocacy, and community collaboration.