Groomed for Greatness is 5013C non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls in the Toledo and surrounding area to positive female role models, providing them with the tools to be successful in life and inspiring them to do great things Founded by Michelle McCaster, the organization serves girls ages 4-18 and is focused on providing etiquette training, mentoring, self-esteem building, community service opportunities, financial literacy and leadership skills. It is Ms. McCaster’s vision to be the person that she wishes she had when she was younger. Her objective is to provide the young ladies she mentors to embrace who they are, to be leaders in their community and become confident and self-sufficient.
To date, the organization has been involved in various activities such as:
- The Robert Easter Parade and 12th Annual African-American Festival Parade
- Attended Author-Author series with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sponsored by the Lucas County Library (all attendees received autographed books and met the author)
- Volunteered at the Laurels of Toledo and spent time with residents
- Participated in etiquette, photography, sewing and financial literacy courses
- Held and participated in a coupons class with the Frugalicious Divas in which donated items were sent to Mom’s House.
- Adopted five girls from Flint, Michigan and provided Christmas gifts and a party on Christmas Eve in which the young ladies fellowshipped
- Attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem and meet with performers
- Attended the Imagination Station “Girl Power” and Bowling Green State University STEM programs
- Attended a private showing of the movie Hidden Figures and held an essay contest about the movie.
- Made the opportunity to meet with important political figures to include the Honorable Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Marcy Kaptur, Valle Bowman-English, and members of the Toledo City Council.
In the future, the club will participate in an array of activities and cultural experiences that will fosters new friendships and a true sense of self such as visits to cultural centers and events such as the Charles H. Wright Museum, UniverSoul Circus, plays and performances. Participate in workshops that will focus on etiquette, self-esteem building and life skills. Engage in fun activities such as sleepovers, bonding with college mentors and family oriented programs.