Our Mission

The mission of Be-Ruth Foundation is to build & uplift teen girls and empower them by increasing their knowledge and skills in STEAM.

Our Vision

Be-Ruth envisions generations of self-confident girls unafraid to use their talents and knowledge to transcend societal ceilings, who understand the importance of and practice self-care and good environmental stewardship; while transforming the professional landscape of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

Empowering through Exposure

Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce and make up a minority percentage of STEAM workers in the US (<25%). Women of color represent a smaller share of the science and engineering workforce (11%) than their proportion in the general population and are often marginalized in technology and engineering professions. 

Through Be-Ruth, girls in the primary stages of development participate in activities and events that inform, engage, and challenge.

Exposing youth as early as possible to STEAM career options helps teens understand how to choose a career. This increases the probability that their selection will be the most suitable and fulfilling while increasing their economic power exponentially. We give young girls tools and resources to display their untapped talents and potential to change the world through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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Empowering through Exposure

Women remain underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce and make up a minority percentage of STEAM workers in the US (<25%). Women of color represent a smaller share of the science and engineering workforce (11%) than their proportion in the general population and are often marginalized in technology and engineering professions. 

Through Be-Ruth, girls in the primary stages of development participate in activities and events that inform, engage, and challenge.

Exposing youth as early as possible to STEAM career options helps teens understand how to choose a career. This increases the probability that their selection will be the most suitable and fulfilling while increasing their economic power exponentially. We give young girls tools and resources to display their untapped talents and potential to change the world through the lens of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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Engaging through Mentorship

46% of youth are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and are 27% less likely to start drinking as a result of mentoring. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Through our group mentoring program, we foster a young girl’s personal growth, development, and social and economic opportunity.

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Engaging through Mentorship

46% of youth are less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and are 27% less likely to start drinking as a result of mentoring. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)

Through our group mentoring program, we foster a young girl’s personal growth, development, and social and economic opportunity.

Educating in STEAM

Asian students took advanced mathematics courses at a significantly higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, with 50% taking calculus or higher, compared with 22% for white students, 15% for Hispanic students, and 9% for black students. (ncgproject.org, 2018)

Be-Ruth instructs teen girls by developing academic programs and activities that foster learning in STEAM.

STEAM development teaches youth to dissect and solve any problem through process, promotes long-term growth and maturity, and creates career options and focus.

The goal is to enhance their public education and give girls additional training in the area of STEAM.

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Educating in STEAM

Asian students took advanced mathematics courses at a significantly higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, with 50% taking calculus or higher, compared with 22% for white students, 15% for Hispanic students, and 9% for black students. (ncgproject.org, 2018)

Be-Ruth instructs teen girls by developing academic programs and activities that foster learning in STEAM.

STEAM development teaches youth to dissect and solve any problem through process, promotes long-term growth and maturity, and creates career options and focus.

The goal is to enhance their public education and give girls additional training in the area of STEAM.

Our Founder

Philana Swann, CEO/Founder of Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.

Obstacles Become

Opportunities
—Philana Swann

Who is Philana Swann? 

Philana Swann is a Change Agent in the lives of teens. She creates programs in the area of STEAM that empowers young women to excel and overcome obstacles. Philana is also a professional working in the industry. Her corporate ties assist her in forging relationships that benefit vulnerable members of the community. Philana is also a strong family matriarch. Her immediate and extended family unit depends on her for wisdom, love, support and resources that help them be the very best they can be.  

She is a loving wife, mother of 3 daughters, nurturing daughter, niece, cousin and friend. Philana is a woman who overcame obstacles that would crush the strongest warrior. She is vocal about sharing her story to encourage others; to impress upon young ladies that they can overcome any odds!  

Our Story 

The Evolution of Ruth B. Settle

My grandmother, Ruth B. Settle, was a woman of strength, grace, and poise. To her, education was a priority; she worked to support her children and grandchildren in their scholastic endeavors. She was a human rights advocate and marched during the Civil Rights movement.

Her sacrifices remind me of a caterpillar. The strength of the caterpillar determined to soar as a butterfly. The struggles women and girls encounter are just like what butterflies face as they free themselves from the cocoon of darkness & uncertainty.

Women & girls are disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM fields, and young girls that are coming behind us are strengthening their wings so they can take flight and lead the world to greater heights.

My grandmother Ruth's sacrifices remind me of how a caterpillar persists despite her struggles and still nourishes herself & her family because she knows change is coming.

Because of her generosity, I grew in love, in faith, in spirit, and in truth. Now I am well prepared to launch young girls into the next phase of their life by providing empowering educational opportunities. I want to show young girls how to shed the old mindset (depression, fear, doubt, etc.) that keeps them from flying high. I am creating a safe space for them to flap their majestic butterfly wings and SOAR.

Just like butterflies, we have struggles.

Be-Ruth uplifts girls through our extracurricular programs: Empowering through Exposure, Engaging through Mentorship, and Educating in STEAM. Girls are transformed.

Our grand vision a generation of talented youth girls who prevail; who are unwavering in using their gifts to succeed in STEAM professions, who champion diversity and who insist on environmental stewardship, who free themselves & free their communities.

My grandmother’s sacrifices remind me of the caterpillar that evolved, a multi-faceted jewel of the richest & most vibrant hues that glides above everything that tried to keep her down.

I continue Ruth B. Settle’s legacy. I use hindrances and help-mates. Struggles as stepping stones. Let's join together to help girls rise.

Let's Be Ruth!

Ruth B. Settle, inspiration for the Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.
Ruth B. Settle, inspiration for the Be-Ruth Foundation, Inc.

Our Story 

The Evolution of Ruth B. Settle

My grandmother, Ruth B. Settle, was a woman of strength, grace, and poise. To her, education was a priority; she worked to support her children and grandchildren in their scholastic endeavors. She was a human rights advocate and marched during the Civil Rights movement.

Her sacrifices remind me of a caterpillar. The strength of the caterpillar determined to soar as a butterfly. The struggles women and girls encounter are just like what butterflies face as they free themselves from the cocoon of darkness & uncertainty.

Women & girls are disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM fields, and young girls that are coming behind us are strengthening their wings so they can take flight and lead the world to greater heights.

My grandmother Ruth's sacrifices remind me of how a caterpillar persists despite her struggles and still nourishes herself & her family because she knows change is coming.

Because of her generosity, I grew in love, in faith, in spirit, and in truth. Now I am well prepared to launch young girls into the next phase of their life by providing empowering educational opportunities. I want to show young girls how to shed the old mindset (depression, fear, doubt, etc.) that keeps them from flying high. I am creating a safe space for them to flap their majestic butterfly wings and SOAR.

Just like butterflies, we have struggles.

Be-Ruth uplifts girls through our extracurricular programs: Empowering through Exposure, Engaging through Mentorship, and Educating in STEAM. Girls are transformed.

Our grand vision a generation of talented youth girls who prevail; who are unwavering in using their gifts to succeed in STEAM professions, who champion diversity and who insist on environmental stewardship, who free themselves & free their communities.

My grandmother’s sacrifices remind me of the caterpillar that evolved, a multi-faceted jewel of the richest & most vibrant hues that glides above everything that tried to keep her down.

I continue Ruth B. Settle’s legacy. I use hindrances and help-mates. Struggles as stepping stones. Let's join together to help girls rise.

Let's Be Ruth!

Board of Directors

Philana Swann, MBA
Philana Swann, MBACEO/Founder
BE-RUTH and RUTH4Kids Foundation, Inc.
Uneeka Jay
Uneeka JayChair/Membership Committee Chair
CEO, Rewrite 365
Kim Cook
Kim CookSTEAM Committee Chair/Secretary
IBM
Natalia Brown
Natalia BrownMarketing & Communications Chair/Treasurer
Patrese Simms
Patrese SimmsFinance Committee Chair
Erika Cartledge
Erika CartledgeFundraising Committee Chair
Bashea Paul Williams
Bashea Paul WilliamsBoard Member
CEO, Hearts In Mind Counseling
Sharon Steele
Sharon SteeleBoard Member
Habitat for Humanity Dekalb
Hassan Swann
Hassan SwannBoard Member
COO, PH Consultants

Executive Volunteers

Kenyatta Bearden
Kenyatta Bearden
Samantha Dickey
Samantha DickeyCEO, Dirty Beauty
Kiyana Perrino
Kiyana Perrino

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ABOUT

Founded in 2009, Be-Ruth Foundation is a social impact non-profit organization that seeks to build & uplift teen girls and empower them by increasing their knowledge and skills in STEAM. Our values are centered around the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.  

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing world-class programs for adolescent and teen girls ages 9-17. We received our 501(c)3 status from the Federal Government in June of 2009. We are an approved charity of the Georgia’s Secretary of State.

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