“A Beautiful Me” Turns to Pen and Paper to Reach Out to Local Youth

A Beautiful Me has launched a new Pen Pal Program to reach out to local girls who may be feeling isolated and alone in the era of social distancing.

When everything seems to be online and virtual, A Beautiful Me, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of girls in the community, has turned to old-fashioned snail mail. Twenty-five volunteers have written letters, filled envelopes, and provided an opportunity to keep the “Pen Pal” relationship going.  

Jenna Hayre, a young adult volunteer and alumna of the program, said, “I wish I could see the expression on the faces of the girls who receive these cards — as they open up the envelopes and are spontaneously encouraged.”

The volunteers are background checked and the messages in the letters adhere to the driving philosophy of A Beautiful Me, to develop confidence and empowerment for girls in grades 3-12.

The recipients of the letters are the 375 girls who participated in the “be-YOU-tiful” workshop series from 2018-2020 in Macomb, St. Clair, Oakland, Genesee, Livingston, Wayne, and Lapeer counties.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland