During graduate school, Tyleen (founder of Monarch Formals) was president of the Student Association of Social Workers (SASW). She initiated and led a prom dress project in which she collected over 500 dresses, $2500 in cash donations, and several donated services. SASW served nearly 100 youth in foster care. Tyleen received special recognitions for this project including being recognized by the Hattiesburg American newspaper as one of 12 people who made a difference in the community, named Social Work Student of the Year by the University of Southern Mississippi and she received the Claire Nowlin Social Work Student of the Year given by the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
A former foster youth herself, she understands the need of being without during important events. When the USAF moved her family to Cannon AFB in 2008, 400 dresses PCS'ed along. Learning the limited opportunities for formal wear in the High Plains, the program soon became a 501(c)3 nonprofit and has been serving our local communities, one formal at a time. The first program of its kind in Clovis and surrounding areas. Monarch Formals has grown to over 5000 formal wear items in our inventory.
In 2014, another military move led Tyleen to create an additional location her her homestate of Kansas. After fours years of mission, this location closed with hopes of reopening in the future.
In 2019, shortly before the pandemic, a generous donation was given to Monarch Formals and a 16ft mobile unit was purchased for Monarch Formals on the Move. This allows Monarch Formals to create special moments for those in rural areas.
Monarch Formals provides formal wear for anyone for any formal occasion accepting only monetary donations to borrow the items. To continue to progress and expand, financial contributions and in-kind support are major factors in Monarch Formals' success and future.
Tyleen graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a bachelor's of Arts in Music. She earned her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has an extensive resume in the social work field from practice to teaching in higher education. Tyleen completed her Ph.D. degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2022.
Her success with this program led her to being honored in 2013 as the Citizen of the Year for the The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge # 1244 in Clovis, NM. She was featured in an article in the Clovis New Journal for Women Business Leaders, and nominated for a Golden Gorilla award at Pittsburg State University. Tyleen was also awarded "Volunteer of the Month" for March 2019 from the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce for her hard work and dedication.
To ensure individuals in need of formal attire have access regardless of financial situation.
Monarch Formals' mission is dedicated to establishing positive memories during important occasions in one’s life. By receiving new, gently used formals, accessories, and donated services, Monarch Formals makes certain that individuals don’t miss out on important life events because they don’t have the proper attire. Monarch Formals is for EVERYONE!
Monarch Formals (501c3) nonprofit organization is an all-volunteer organization powered by the support of our community.
It all starts with the dress. It is a girl's dream to feel like they are walking on the red carpet for their special event. The national average cost of going to prom continues to be expensive, with current nationwide average of nearly $1200. For those facing hardships this expense can be a burden and detour high school students from attending this special high school event. This shows true for other formals events to include weddings, pageants, school banquets, military events, and other special occasions. Monarch Formals' goal is to cut the biggest cost to attending these formals, the attire.
Monarch Formals simply ask for individuals who borrow items from our organization to make a monetary donation. These funds help sustain the program and help others in need.
Have you ever borrowed a library book? Borrowing a formal from Monarch Formals is just as easy. Monarch Formals provides this service for all formal events. Monarch Formals is a service that can be used for anyone who wants to attend their formal event in self-confidence and in style without any financial burden. It's not just the dress, it is about promoting self-esteem and individual beauty in those who borrow our formals, and the confidence we can build when we can help supply suits and tuxes for the men. We have formals for all ages from infant to older adults and in all sizes. Our charge as an organization is to continue the idea in which the simple loan of formal attire will enhance the dignity and worth of those who receive this service.
The success of Monarch Formals depends on the invaluable support from the volunteers, donors, and community support.
Tyleen is an advocate for leadership and understands what it takes to help young women become successful. A pageant judge, emcee, choreographer, contestant and director, Tyleen has an extensive pageant resume.
In the early 2000's, she was the director for Miss Southeast Kansas for the Miss America Organization. She has judged, volunteered and emceed for many pageants and program including Miss America Association, Distinguished Young Women, high school, state fair, rodeo, state and local pageants.
In 2011, Tyleen begain her own pageant journey with the American Beauties Plus system. Leaving the stage with a first runner up title and receiving the Pageantry Magazine Spirit Award. She retured in 2012 and was crowned the American Beauties Plus Pageant inaugural ABP Elite Woman of Achievement. This crown is based on a community service platform in conjunction with the ABP Pageant held in Atlanta, GA. In addition, she provided choreography, and sound for this pageant system for five years. She was also given the title of the Lifetime Ambassador Supreme.
In 2016, she was crowned the Queen of Queens highest point title for the U.S United Pageant system and returned to the pageant system for the Ultimate Queen of Queens Pageant in 2018 where she was crowned first runner up.
Tyleen traveled to Houston to return to the pageant stage in 2019 for Miss World Plus as Ms. Plus Intercontential America. She placed 2nd runner up in her division.
Tyleen provides model and pageant coaching. She hosts model searches for Monarch Formals and provides coaching to those selected. She has coached delegates in various systems. She has provided her expertise to the Plus Pageants Network during training seminars.
Stay tuned for Tyleen's next pageant journey and follow her on https://www.facebook.com/QueenTyleenCaffrey/