Elleanor Jean Hendley is an Emmy Award-winning former television news journalist and public school teacher. For more than twenty years she worked at CBS 3 TV in Philadelphia, Pa where she held numerous positions during her television career. She served as the Eyewitness News education reporter, producer/host of “City Lights”, an award-winning weekend primetime magazine show broadcast for ten years, and the Director of Public Affairs.
In 1985, while working fulltime in television broadcasting, Ms. Hendley founded Teenshop, Inc.®, a nationally- recognized nonprofit weekend program that prepares “girls with goals®” for college and careers. Ms. Hendley wanted to share her time, talent and resources to empower girls at her former church home. The Teenshop curriculum is an innovative series of life skills workshops, college preparatory initiatives, including campus tours, and community service.
Ms. Hendley had no plans to expand Teenshop, but after years of requests from community stakeholders, the first affiliate chapter was established in 1990. Teenshop now has five chapters in three states – California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania – each directed by a five-member volunteer leadership team of dedicated career women. While enrolled in Teenshop, no girl drops out of school or becomes a teen parent, and all graduates matriculate to college or professional schools.
On June 13, 2015, Teenshop celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a Debutante Cotillion. In 2016, the organization’s successful efforts empowering girls was recognized with a $50,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to support the program’s college initiatives.
The success of Teenshop was the catalyst for Girls Achieve®, a school day series Ms. Hendley created in 2005 in response to educators’ requests for a program to help build character and enhance self-esteem. Girls Achieve®, which provides a series of life skills and curriculum–support workshops, has empowered hundreds of girls in more than a dozen public and charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia and suburban counties.
To expand her outreach to empower girls, Ms. Hendley wrote the Girls Achieve Activity Book® for middle school girls ages 9-14. The book is more than 120 pages filled with dozens of gender-specific educational and empowering activities, and is an excellent resource for classrooms, after school programs, summer camps, and a great gift for any occasion.
Ms. Hendley, a graduate of Ohio’s Central State University, resides in the Philadelphia suburbs. She’s a jazz piano student, avid doll collector, accomplished seamstress, and enjoys traveling the world.
- Emmy Award, CBS 3 TV
- Woman of Distinction Award, Philadelphia Business Journal
- Take the Lead Award, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania
- Community Service Award, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
- Woman of the Year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
- Most Influential African Americans, The Philadelphia Tribune
- African American Woman Achiever, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Alumni Chapter, Burlington County, NJ
- Forum of Executive Women
- The Links, Delaware Valley PA Chapter
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omega Omega Chapter
- The Mainline Chamber of Commerce
- PA Coalition of 100 Black Women, Co-Founder
- National Association of University Women, Suburban Philadelphia, Charter Member
- Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA