The Spa in Me
Note: We will start accepting nominations on September 1, 2022. Nominations will end on September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Because we won't consider late nominations, please submit your nominations BEFORE October 1, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. Also, the nominations we are seeking are those that acknowledge black women who are 18-29 years of age at the time of your nomination and actively and currently volunteering in Austin, Texas, and Tyler, Texas. These are the eligible nominations we will forward to our committee members for their review and consideration. Thanking you in advance.
“A day of rest is always needed.”
― Solange nicole
Since its creation, The Spa in Me, L.L.C., has stressed the importance of a woman's wellbeing and community. And, in order to forge a sustainable pathway to societal change, it's more important than ever to recognize the need for female activists and volunteers to heal and to rest.
To help women commit to the personal evolution that is needed to help them continue making a difference in the world, we launched an annual Change Maker program in 2021 to celebrate a total of six black women who actively volunteer for nonprofit organizations in Tyler, Texas, and in Austin, Texas. The six Change Makers will be named in October 2022 and awarded a gift certificate to receive a soothing facial at a local spa. Each year the criteria will change.
This year, starting in September 2022, and ending on September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m., help us name three black women from ages 18 - 29 that are actively and currently volunteering for a nonprofit organization in Tyler, Texas, and three black women ages 18-29 that are actively and currently volunteering for a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, to The Change Maker Program.
For generations, black women have lived in a constant state of survival mode for themselves, their families, and their communities. Despite their own state of exhaustion, they continuously volunteer for nonprofit organizations to make the world a better place, and we want to celebrate and honor them for the impact they are making with a day of rest by sending them to a local spa. It is also important to us to show young black women the importance of caring for themselves before they start their career or while they are still early in their career.
All you have to do is to complete the nomination form below starting in September 2022 and provide the following information. (You can also nominate yourself if you meet the criteria.)
The 2022 Change Maker Committee members are as follows: Lauren Chapman, Jazmine Ford, Tanisha Manning, and Taylor Mobley. You can learn about these trailblazers by reading their bios.
Lauren Chapman is the Founder and President of The Crown Within, Incorporated, a 501c(3) non profit organization catered to the development of minority girls in Texas. She is a 2021 Texas A&M graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Resource Development. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters in Education in counseling at the University of Houston. Her personal and professional goals revolve around striving for continued wellness and encouraging others to do the same.
At a young age, Lauren began blazing trails as the creator and founder of Healing Hearts, a peer support group centered around the grief that accompanies lost loved ones and the ongoing journey of resilience. She continues to utilize her platform by advocating for mental health awareness, the beauty of inclusion, and empowering young women from diverse backgrounds. During her time at Texas A&M University, Lauren held executive board positions in six organizations while part of a research lab investigating health inequity in adolescents. She is also the founder of the Women of Color Mental Health & Wellness Workshop hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Brazos Valley. In addition, she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), The Association of Black Psychologists (AbPsi), and the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, yoga, and dance.
Her dedication radiates through her work which promotes that, despite the unique barriers faced, minority girls are not only the author of their own stories, but queens who are already equipped with what it takes to shine beyond measure. Lauren is on a mission to help girls in Texas and nationwide reach high levels of self-efficacy in their quest to discover their crown within.
Jazmine Ford is 28 years old and from Houston, TX. In 2017, she graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Social Media. While in college, she volunteered frequently with the Nacogdoches County United Way. In her junior and senior years of college, she served as the Public Relations Chair of the Student United Way and the Communications & Administrative Assistant for the Nacogdoches County United Way. While working for the United Way, Jazmine planned, executed and promoted programs mostly for elementary and middle school aged children in the Nacogdoches, Texas, area. These programs introduced them to the possibilities of attending college. Jazmine has worked in a number of fields, including Higher Education, Mortuary & Funeral Planning Services, Non-profit, and Social Media. She is currently employed as an administrative assistant for the Center for Learning and Innovation at Houston Community College. She also volunteers her Social Media Content Consultation services for novice media companies and content creators. Her plans for the future are to complete a Masters in Communications and further serve her community by using social media as a vessel to relay important messages.
Known for her vibrant personality, Tanisha Manning has always been a passionate young lady, with an ambitious mindset. Her passion lies in advocating for marginalized groups, pushing for change in the current justice system, and bringing out the best in everyone she meets. She hopes that she inspires others to recognize their dreams and actually aspire to achieve them.
She loves to acknowledge her HBCU background, as she is a graduate of Philander Smith College where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. She then went on to attend law school and earned her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her home is Houston, Texas, where she currently resides and works as a Policy Advisor for Harris County.
Outside of her career job, she is a Professional Career Coach where she helps others create and build their professional brand. In 2020, she created a Voter Engagement organization, Engaged Voters, to inform citizens on what each position on the ballot is responsible for and how to engage with officials for change after they’re elected. It is an organization and platform that teaches, encourages, and reaches all Americans, but especially those in Houston, Texas. One of her greatest achievements is becoming an author and publisher of her book, “Starting A Business as a Black Millennial,” a five step guide providing key pointers for black millennials who wish to create or revamp a small business.
Tanisha is a middle child of an older sister and a younger brother. She’s very outgoing and loves to read books or go to brunch during her free time.
Taylor Mobley is a philanthropist, television producer, host, and hyper-creative who believes fashion is one of the greatest forms of self-expression. Her love for people and passion for community is what fuels Taylor'd For You, a black-owned, minority-operated, lifestyle movement. Having raised nearly $100,000 for various nonprofits to date, she continues to expand her brand, and its capacity to give back, working tirelessly to grow her partner and nonprofit network for the greatest good. When she is not working in philanthropy, she works as a producer for reality television which has taught her to expect the unexpected! Taylor is thrilled to be part of the Changemaker committee for "The Spa in Me" and will always support this platform's contributions to our community.