Our mission is to inspire & empower young girls to succeed in school, avoid teen pregnancy and use their personal power to achieve their goals and dreams. MDL supports this mission guiding young ladies to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of a teenager.

MDL was started in 1988.  MDL Inc. is a dynamic and innovative non-profit leadership development organization serving all young ladies, ages 14 to 18 in Mid-South area. MDL Inc. helps girls achieve in school, avoid teen pregnancy, and use their personal power to achieve their goals and dreams. In 2013 MDL Inc. is projected to over serve 100 girls city-wide.

MDL Inc. believes that every young lady is precious with unique gifts and strengths. We also recognize that teen pregnancy and lack of education are huge challenges in the Mid -South that create enormous barriers to girls seeking to reach their full potential. That is why MDL Inc. has made two important organizational commitments:

  • To increase high school graduation and college acceptance rates among Memphis’ young ladies of color.
  • To work toward the goal set by the United Way of Memphis to reduce pregnancy among 15–17 year olds by 46% by the year 2015.

MDL Inc offers a totally distinct, custom curriculum that focuses on helping young ladies build leadership skills like self-reflection, critical thinking, sound decision making, goal setting, clear communication and personal accountability. As a result, MDL Inc. develop a true sense of their personal power and potential and their outcomes are astronomical!

  • 100% of MDL’s 2012 active high school seniors graduated from high school.
  • 100% of 2012 active high school graduates were accepted to at least one college.
  • 100% of all MDL’s active girls avoided teen pregnancy in 2012.
  • In the words of a Modern Distinctive Lady: “MDL Inc. provided me with the support system I need, community involvement, my first job, leadership opportunities, a safe place, opportunities to grow, and my second home. It makes me very happy to say that I will be the first out of my family to attend college.