Complete Girlz's mission is to empower and strengthen young women in our community by giving them the tools needed to overcome adversity through educational and enrichment programs which promote leadership, confidence and self-worth.


Nicola Ince,

Life Skills Instructor

Charlise Washington,

Business Instructor

Diamond Powell,

Administrative Assistant


Advisory Board 

Laura Bentley,


Sharon Mill,

Special Events

Earlene Taylor’s vision is that all young women, if given the right tools can become extremely successful at an early age.  She hopes to provide hands on training for young women so that they can see the necessity for them to become business owners and successful entrepreneurs.  Her desire is to teach young women/girls the principles so that they can “Be all that they can be.”

Wanda Bryant,

Co-Founder of Entrepreneur Nation

Jasmin Coleman,

Arts & Crafts

Lisa Wilson,

Founder of The Different Levels of Abuse


Financial Management

Our Goals

Charlise Washington, Facilitator

Founder & CEO

Board of Directors

Laura Bentley,

​Community Laison

Phil Andrews, Chair

President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce

Mikko A. Easley 

​Event Planner/Director of Fundraising

Catherine Guanuna,

Fashion Instructor

Megan Love,


As a professional not-for-profit organization, we hold these values:

  • We operate with the highest standards of integrity.
  • We are dedicated to professional development.
  • We are a professional organization operated by Board of Directors.
  • We champion thought leadership and innovation.
  • We offer knowledge and expertise of the highest quality.

Yolanda Baptiste,

Program Director/Leadership

Meredith Palermo,




Juanita Farnun,

Beauty Instructor

CGI Values


Research Assistant

Sheryl Rose

Interim Board Chair

Calendar of Events 2020

Our Vision

Stacey O,Connell,


Bridget Smith,

Education Adviser

Yolanda & Mercy


Step Instructors

CGI Treasurer 


​​​​Earlene Lezama-Taylor is from Queens NY.  She received her AS from Metropolitan College for Business Management. She is currently enrolled  at St. Johns University to receive her BA. She comes with a wealth of knowledge in business, and working as a mentor.  She is a notary,  a member of The Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Earlene believes all youth can become who they want to be with the proper education and training tools.  So, she started “Complete Girlz” Mentoring/Empowerment Program, where she is has been the CEO for over 3 years. Complete Girlz was founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2016 as a 501(c)3. The organization trains young ladies to become successful in their endeavors.  Complete Girlz is located within 2 facilities currently which are as follows: Middle School 8 and Starbucks-Sutphin.  CGI also hold specialized workshops at local Shelters and recreational centers as well. In 2018 Complete Girlz received the “Gem Among Us Award” from the Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc. and in 2019 Earlene received The “Community Service Award” from The Laurelton Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Earlene has received citations from notable elected officials such as Senator Leroy Comrie in 2018 & 2019, Assemblywoman Alicia L. Hyndman in 2019, Councilman Member L. Daneek Miller in 2019 and The Laurelton NANBPWC. She received a Congressional Certificate of Merit from Member of Congress Gregory W. Meeks and a Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the Borough of Queens Melinda Katz.   She also received the "Queens of NCouragement" award from Sisters NCourage. Her future aspirations include working for the Department of Education and continuing to impact the community in a positive manner through the work her non-for-profit is doing at Complete Girlz, Inc.

1. Expand our presence and visibility within the community

2 Provide and promote a world class program and provide quality information

3 Enhance student value through education, research, networking, communication

4 Retain and recruit students

5 Operate with sound business practices



OCT - MARCH/APRIL-JUNE - Virtual classes 1:30 - 3:30 pm


26th - Year End Ceremony


Summer Mentoring - Rochdale Library (2:00 - 3:30 pm)

Various Summer Field Trips (Date/Time TBD)


Sept. 26 Teacher's Training


Oct 9th - Orientation /Start of classes 


Nov 14th Parent's Luncheon


Dec. 19th - Christmas Party