The South Florida Business Journal has recognized Be Strong International (BSI) as the only nonprofit to be ranked among the 15 “Best Places to Work” in the small business category for 2021.
This annual award event highlights 45 companies of all sizes that realize the importance of taking care of their employees, be it through benefit packages, workplace culture, and/or work/life balance. Be Strong Int’l ranked as number 7 out of 15 in the small business category, and was the ONLY nonprofit organization in consideration, an achievement in itself.
“We wanted to create an amazing culture, where everyone is there for one another, and chipping in when needed, while always addressing anyone’s concerns,” says Be Strong International’s CEO Michelle Shirley. “I always want my team to feel like they are special, loved, and taken care of.”
The announcement was made during an outdoor, tailgate-style ceremony at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla., on February 25, 2021 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held outside in socially-distanced “parking pods,” where Shirley and a few other BSI staff members were awarded their plaque while watching other presentations on screen.
“Celebrating wins are extremely important, especially during a pandemic,” says Be Strong Int’l Program Manager Barbara Jean. “It’s rewarding to know that in the midst of uncertain times, we are surrounded by team members that find joy and satisfaction in the workplace.”
BSI’s focus on its company culture has obviously made a distinct impact on its employees and all those whose lives they touch through various programs, services, and community events. If you are interested in joining our team, visit our careers page here. To read more about this event, you can check out the South Florida Business Journal’s article here.
For inquiries about the event or to arrange an interview, contact Nicholas Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Be Strong International
As a Miami-Dade County Public school teacher during the 1980s, Althea McMillan witnessed promising youth drop out of school because of premature pregnancies. Herself a former 15-year-old pregnant dropout, she was the product of a high-crime, economically-blighted Miami neighborhood. Like her, she knew that her students from similar neighborhoods faced chances of not graduating high school, going to college or merely escaping the destructive cycles that plagued their families and communities.
The prospect of pregnancy, in fact, drastically increased when these youth became involved in early risky behaviors as a result of trauma in broken families. Many of her students came from single parent homes that lacked the resources, knowledge and skills to break these generational patterns. As a result, McMillan became committed to educating youth and parents on fostering and maintaining themselves emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Her goal was to end the cycle of broken individuals and family relationships. In 1992, she founded Abstinence Between Strong Teens, which is now Be Strong International, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She grew the organization almost single-handedly until the community started to take notice of its impact. The organization received its first grant in 1998, and today, has expanded its mission and helped thousands of youth and families. She knew that with the right tools, youth and parents could succeed and live the Be Strong lifestyle.