The famous hymn “This Little Light of Mine” has inspired people across generations to shine their brightest and give it their all in this world. Its spirit also embodies TALLOM—This Awesome Little Light of Mine—to help us empower young women, their families, and their communities in Brooklyn, New York.
TALLOM Foundation Inc is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2015. Our mission is to empower girls and young women to become confident, self-sufficient and socially conscious. At TALLOM girls are challenged to defy their circumstances and live a life not defined by limitations. TALLOMgirls are inspired to be their best selves and encouraged to dream big. Through their participation in our programs, girls develop essential life skills and learn that they are capable of accomplishing anything they can imagine. Empowered girls and educated girls grow up to be empowered and educated women who positively impact their families and their communities.
“TALLOM taught me how to become a woman, how to get respect, and how to deal with life—whatever situation you’re in. I think this program has really helped me, and I’m glad to be a part of it!” – (Crystal P.), Becoming the Best Me program participant, 2017
Brownsville and its surrounding areas have among the highest poverty and crime rates of any neighborhood in New York City. These challenging conditions have an adverse effect on the community’s youth: Brownsville has the highest rate of elementary school absenteeism in New York, with 40% of students missing 20 or more school days per year. This creates an especially challenging situation for many young women, who have limited opportunities and resources to fully reach their dreams.
We envision a future where the ladder to success is broken down into a level playing field, where disadvantaged girls actualize their potential and become educated and empowered women who positively impact their families and the community.
TALLOM is founded on and governed by the values of:
LOVE: We lead with heart to set a universal example for love and compassion.
RESPECT: We all deserve to live a life filled with purpose, opportunity, and dignity.
EXCELLENCE: We unlock opportunities to step into our potential & pave the path to success.
LEADERSHIP: We live by example and lift each other up along the way.