Mary Ellen Young


Contact me for: Authentic ME creates, sells and makes available products for girls and women that will encourage them to explore, embrace and empower all aspects of their authentic selves. Our first product, ELEMENTS for girls, is an interactive journal and a thought provoking self-discovery workbook for tween and early teen girls. It is designed to help girls unplug from technology and develop the habit of creating quiet, reflective time for themselves. The goal of the book is to instruct, inspire and encourage girls to figure out who they are, what makes them the unique person and they are, and embrace that unique person. The book comes with a unique bracelet kit, with 10 beads and charms that align with each of the chapter themes.

Mary Ellen Young has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is the founder and past president of HGNA (Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence). She served as a school board member and was the Family Advocate for a statewide grant program to implement social emotional learning (SEL) standards in Illinois schools. Mary Ellen also helped author a Best Practices in Bullying Prevention Manual for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education. She has done a number of trainings on bullying, relational aggression and SEL. Mary Ellen is married with two college-age daughters and brings over 30 years of business experience to this company.

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