WISH UPON A TEEN

Southfield, MI   |  www.wishuponateen.org

Mission

Wish Upon a Teen is dedicated to providing resources, time and opportunities to teenagers with severe life limiting medical conditions. Through creative, social, and educational opportunities, these teens will rediscover and rebuild their self-esteem as they continue their journey to adulthood.

Wish Upon a Teen is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, established in May of 2011, to help teenagers who have developmental or medical conditions. Through creative and interactive social and educational events, these teens will rediscover and rebuild their self-esteem as they continue their journey to adulthood.

Wish Upon a Teen's founder, Michelle Soto, has extensive experience caring for children and teenagers,through this experience she has learned that teens are frequently left behind. In effect, the combination of normal teenage stressors plus the impact of learning disabilities and, or life limiting illnesses can make the normal transition to adulthood difficult. Wish Upon a Teen continuously provides ongoing support to an age-group not frequently targeted by those in the charitable community.

Wish Upon a Teen provides support to teenagers throughout the country.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Michelle Soto

Main address

22200 W. Eleven Mile Road, #3275

Southfield, MI 48037 USA

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EIN

26-2708229

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Design My Room

Design My Room™ is an exclusive Wish Upon a Teen program for teenagers facing extended hospitalization due to life-threatening illness or serious injury. Thanks to partnerships with hospitals throughout the country, Wish Upon a Teen is given access to the teen’s hospital room and allowed to redecorate it to feel more comforting and relaxing – more like “home.”. This includes bringing in new bedding, rugs, posters and even movie or sports memorabilia, all according to the teen’s interests and tastes. This simple makeover has a remarkably positive impact on a teenager’s sense of well-being. And once the teen is ready to return home, they can take all of the decorative items with them to use however they desire.

Population(s) Served

Partnering with premier spas, teens with severe chronic or life- threatening illnesses are treated to a day of pampering with manicures, pedicures, styling, makeup, facials, etc.

Population(s) Served

Wish Upon A Teen is honored to host an annual Evening of Dreams Prom for teens whose medical condition, treatment or hospitalization makes it impossible for them to attend the prom held at their schools. This gala evening comes complete with decorations, refreshments, music and glamorous attire, allowing them to participate in the typical teenage “rite of passage” and share a magical evening with family and friends.

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WISH UPON A TEEN

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Soto

Wish Upon A Teen

Term: 2011 -

Dennis Archer

Archer Corporate Services/Ignition Media Group

Shannon Catanella

Diane Crawford

Restyle Child

Jeffrey Fratarcangeli

Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC

Ali Hazlett

Stila Cosmetics

Anthony Kellum

Kellum Capital Group, LLC

Sherine Marzouk

Lauren Oriani

Carrie Weiner

Ashley Cox

Shift Digital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes