Tees That Make a Difference

Clever Belle is thrilled to be partnering with PROJECTZAWADI to help Tanzanian children achieve their educational goals and live fulfilling and productive lives.  Clever Belle will donate $2 to PROJECTZAWADI for each Jane Goodall and Malala Yousafzai t-shirt sold between November 1st-November 20th.*

*All donations received from Nov 1-20 also receive a 25% match from Access 2 Tanzania.

To learn more about Project Zawadi’s history and mission, please visit www.projectzawadi.org.  

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Hudsyn Toppenberg

After you read her interview and visit her blog, you'll never under estimate how a 9-year-old can impact the world.  She has traveled abroad to bring clean water to people in need, attended the United Nations, raised money for a natural disaster, and is honoring Eleanor Roosevelt's legacy of human rights for all. And that's just a few of her favorite things! Hudsyn has a big heart and shares deep, meaningful, wisdom well beyond her years. 

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Meet Shannon Webster, 2017 Ms. Wheelchair Illinois. Shannon is an inspiration to us for her determination to help others and her steadfast pursuit of her dreams! Diagnosed with cerebral palsy with spastic dysplasia when she was 2 years old, Shannon never put limits on what she could accomplish in life. She works as a Recruiting Programs Specialist at Exelon in Chicago where she is able to empower others and foster a spirit of inclusion for all people with disabilities in the workplace. Shannon also serves as a mentor for other people with disabilities to show them that they too can graduate from college and have a job in corporate America or do whatever it is they want to do with their life. We are excited to share her words of wisdom with all Clever Belles.

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Clever Belle is excited to introduce you to Sarah Spain, a reporter for SportsCenter and a rising star at ESPN.  Sarah is an athlete, entertainer, and a strong voice for women.  Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your inspiring message with us!

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Clever Belle is excited to introduce you to Maggie Hendricks, a journalist who writes for USA Today Sports, and previously worked for Yahoo Sports and NBC Chicago.  She has some wise words to share about stepping out of your comfort zone and pursuing your passion despite obstacles.  Thank you, Maggie, for sharing your inspiring message with us!

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Marybeth Otte, Finding her TRUE self.

...At the age of 35, when I decided to finally start listening to my inner voice rather than the chorus of voices outside of myself, my life path started veering off in a more authentic direction, toward my creative side. Two years ago I sold about 90% of my material items. Clearing the clutter from my life, cleared the clutter from my mind, which in turn fueled my creativity.   My life path has been a bit more meandering than most due to the fact that it took so long for me to be true to myself and listen to my inner voice,  But with each job that has passed, and each life experience I've encountered over the years, I've moved one step closer to the real “ME”...

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Meet Lucia, of Owl Avenue Soaps

"I admire my mom because she has lots of good ideas too and she helps me a lot on my soap adventures. I really can’t do it all on my own. I mean I can’t stay up that late making and packaging soap!"


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On October 1st, 2016 from 10:00am until 1:30pm The Alive Center of Naperville and Clever Belle educated mothers and daughters in a variety of talks, activities and mini workshops including topics covering: Giving Back and Community Service, Bullying & Friendships for all ages, Self Advocacy- finding your voice, Self Love and Confidence, Dynamic Women Careers, Finding what makes you come alive, Social Media for Parents & Kids, Brilliantly Beautiful Project by Clever Belle, Health and Beauty, & Healthy light lunch and snacks

At the end of the day participants gathered for a NEVER seen before Girl & Women empowerment fashion show. What we wear speaks volumes about us! This fashion show featured girls and women age 8 and up. They wore Clever Belle inspiring tees, but the focus was not only about the fashion. More importantly the girls and women were revered for their unique interests, hobbies, careers, and aspirations --Girls and women who "dare to be rare" including a teen professional dancer and Instagram star, women firefighters, a police officer, a doctor an engineer, scientist, construction worker and a CEO under 30 just to name a few.

"You can be anything you want to be when you grow up!" At least that's what we tell our girls and boys from a very young age, right?  But what does our culture tell them?  

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Printing With A Purpose

When we started printing Clever Belle t-shirts last year, we made the decision to use a screen printer unlike any other screen printer in the area.  We are proud to partner with ColorBurst Screen Printing, a division of Little Friends, Inc. ColorBurst is a non-profit, offering job skills training and employment opportunities for adults with autism and developmental challenges; empowering them with a sense of purpose and accomplishment and providing integration into the community.

Our decision to use ColorBurst is reaffirmed every time we are greeted by people like Mike, when we deliver or pick up shirts at the Downers Grove facility. Mike has worked at ColorBurst for several years, starting when he was a student at Bridge High School, which offers a transitional work program. Mike is learning to print and operate the presses and has mastered the tag-press. His pleasant smile and great customer service are just a couple reasons we are very happy with our choice in screen printer.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. In honor, we are donating $1 to Little Friends, Inc. for every shirt sold during the month of April. According to a CDC study last year, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. are identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To learn more about autism and what you can do to help, visit www.knowledgeempowers.net