GLOW 414 works with about 100 young women in Milwaukee every year offering services including transitional housing at a newly opened complex in the Franklin Heights neighborhood.
In 2017, Mickell Daniels founded GLOW 414, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk girls with the skills and confidence to transition successfully into adulthood. GLOW 414, an acronym for Girls Learning to become Outstanding Women, has already helped transform the lives of close to 400 young women. And with financial assistance and support from LRC, the organization opened a transitional housing facility earlier this year.
“I grew up in this neighborhood and understand the challenges that youth face every day, particularly with mental health issues,” Daniels explained. “At GLOW 414, we help girls overcome the obstacles in their way, so they can realize the power they hold within and reach their full potential.”
Since opening four years ago, Daniels and her GLOW 414 team have offered a range of training and development services to young girls in areas including leadership, managing finances, higher education, etiquette, and conflict resolution. This year, the group launched GLOWing to Health, an initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle and well-being.
Daniels is particularly proud of the GLOW 414 transitional housing complex that opened in March of this year. Made up of one and two-bedroom apartments, it offers young women a place to stay as well as the opportunity to take classes to prepare themselves for a successful future. She credits LRC for helping her buy the building and realize this dream.
“I applied to several banks and they made me feel incompetent and unwanted,” Daniels recalled. “But at LRC, it was more of a ‘how can we make this happen for you’.” She continued, “They helped me compile the paperwork and take the steps I needed to secure financing and buy the property.” Daniels added, “And I’ve had nothing but encouragement since, even introducing me to grant opportunities because of COVID-19.”
“Mickell is not only changing the future for hundreds of at-risk young women, she is changing our neighborhood for the better,” noted Terese Caro, president of LRC. “As a Community Development Financial Institution, LRC strives to foster financial independence, sustain growth, and revitalize our community — everything GLOW 414 is doing.” Caro added, “We can’t think of a better investment.”
Renovations of the GLOW 414 storefront property and apartments took close to a year and included a great deal of sweat equity and community support. “My girls and I worked late into the night, painting and doing other renovations,” Daniels recalled. “Everyone has shown GLOW so much love. It’s just incredible.”