HISTORY OF G.L.A.M.
Shanel's home life was not perfect. She was bright, but rebellious and her father suffered from alcoholism. When she was 17 years old, her father banned her from their home. Without adequate supervision she made choices which led to her being expelled from an alternative school, committed to Girls School, and living in her car by age 17. Through determination, perseverance, and making good use of the available resources; she transformed her life. Shanel obtained her G.E.D. and despite not having any formal education from the time she was 14 years old, became a full-time student at Indiana State University (ISU) in 2006. Four years later, she earned her Bachelor's degree.
Shanel blossomed at ISU and while there, sought to help girls who were living in difficult situations. With just the limited budget of a college sophomore, Shanel marshaled the little money she had to establish G.L.A.M.
After graduating from college, Shanel returned to Indianapolis to expand the work she had started with G.L.A.M. The organization is now a 501(c)3 corporation, which continues to offer comprehensive programs which prepare and empower at-risk girls.