Bright Endeavors

Bright Endeavors was founded by two female social entrepreneurs in 2007. In 2010, they merged with New Moms, a non-profit in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago that provides wraparound services for young moms, including housing and family support programs.

  • Light the way!  Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise of New Moms where young women, ages 18-24, participate in a transitional, paid job-training program.  Through hand-crafting home fragrance products, these young women gain job skills, a professional network, and the confidence to ‘light the way’ toward their goals. In their efforts, 100% of the proceeds support the mission of empowering these young moms to strive toward brighter futures. New Moms strengthens families by partnering with young moms as they progress toward housing stability, economic mobility, and family well-being. New Moms and Bright Endeavors envision a future where every young family thrives.

  • The Modern Prairie team was so excited to find this organization and support their mission of empowering young moms! As an added bonus, their candles are fantastic, and they smell wonderful. We’ve also partnered with them to create a special, custom candle for us which is absolutely beautiful. In September we visited their site and spent the morning understanding how this incredible organization works. Bright Endeavors is a shining example of amazing women coming together and supporting one another — It was truly inspiring.

  • Each morning the team gathers together to talk about their goals for the day and check in with one another. They are responsible for sharing a quote that sets the tone for the day. When we visited, it was from Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  This moved us deeply as it exemplified the mission of the company: Young moms raising each other up to give everyone the chance to accomplish their goals.

  • Artfully hand poured by the young moms in the training program, each Bright Endeavors candle illuminates the path toward strong families and bright futures.

  • Modern Prairie’s Holiday Whitebark Pine Candle was made especially for Modern Prairie using handcrafted vessels from Rowe Pottery, in Cambridge, Wisconsin.

  • Melissa, her best-friend Sandy, and Anna the Business Development Manager at Bright Endeavors, adding labels to some of our beautiful candles!

  • Each and every candle made by these amazing women features the name of the artisan attached to it!

  • Arieonna Fields showing Melissa and Nicole Nyhan Haase (CEO of Modern Prairie) how to package the candles for shipping.

  • Melissa saying goodbye and thank you to Arieonna!

  • You can feel good and do good at the same time.  A purchase of a candle from Bright Endeavors supports young moms and gives them the opporutnity to achieve great things — and lights the way for their future.

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