Empowered Girls Programs

Season of Firsts

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We love ensuring amazing and eyeopening experiences for our EmpowHer Academy Girls. This December has been a series of “firsts” for many of our girls. Thanks to the financial support of our donors we were able to send more than 100 of our 8th and 9th grade girls to a performance of Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, directed and produced by Debbie Allen. This was the first time seeing a live performance for more than 90% of our girls. Many left inspired to want to express themselves through art.

Partnering with Girls Build LA we sent 140 seventh grade girls from our partner middle schools, UCLA Experimental School, Environmental Charter, Inglewood and Environmental Charter, Gardena to participate in the Leadership Summit which featured amazing women like Hillary Clinton, Senator, Kamala Harris, Bozama St. John, Chief Marketing Officer of Uber and so many other role models.

STEAM Summer Camp with Lucas Scholars

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EmpowHer Institute girls from two partner schools participated in a week long science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program. We partnered with
Lucas Scholars. The program is a one week STEAM and project-based learning camp known as Lucas Scholars. The mission of Lucas Scholars is to provide under-served students access and experience with innovative technology that supports joy and exploration. The program is free of charge, offers access to mentors and asks that students work together, have fun and view themselves as scholars.

On the final day the students had an exhibit of their projects. We were so proud of the team work and creativity of our girls from Environmental Charter Middle School-Inglewood and Gardena. They created projects that defied gravity and saved marine animals. I was pleased to hear them say that they learned a lot from their failures. What an opportunity for our girls!

Proud of Our Graduates

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We celebrated a milestone for EmpowHer Institute – the high school graduation of our EmpowHer Leaders Academy members. They are the first cohort of girls, that participated in our EmpowHer Girls Academy since 7th grade, to graduate from high school. We are extremely proud of these young ladies. They are incredibly self-aware, confident and focused. We know that they will go on to accomplish great things in college and beyond. For, the best is yet to come.

We also celebrated the culmination of our 8th grade EmpowHer Girls Academy (EGA) participants. These girls have participated in EGA since the 7th grade. They have shown tremendous growth over the past two years. Many transforming from shy girls with insecurities and self-doubt to bold young ladies who are confident in themselves and their abilities. This transformation was eloquently articulated by EGA participant, Megan Zamora, during her culmination speech (see video).

Girls at Google

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Creating real life experiences that show girls how science, technology, engineering and math are applied is the inspiration to change their perceptions about what they can do and who they can become. This trip to Google-LA in Venice was a memorable experience as they got to preview a Google produced series called, God Complex. This series showed how women can perform in a male dominated environment and become the Boss.

Emily and Yuli at Google

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Girls to Greatness Sending More Girls to Summer STEM Camp

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One of the big benefits of the Girls to Greatness Luncheon was to increase the number of girls who have the opportunity to get exposed to skills for the 21st century. EmpowHer wanted to send more than 10 girls to science, technology, engineering and math camp. Because of the generous donations from our luncheon attendees, we will have 15 girls going to two UC campuses, University San Diego and UCLA. Congratulations to the girls selected to attend and a warm ‘thank you’ to our donors.

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EmpowHer Back-to-School Campaign

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EmpowHer Back-to-School Campaign- Each year, over 200 girls are encouraged to get what they need to succeed: (1) Self-­respect, (2) Exposure to skills/careers of the future.
Help us change the world one girl at a time with a donation toward our $10,000 goal. Your donation helps provide books, educational field trips, and classroom supplies that engage and inspire girls in our program toward high achievement. Yes, 100% of your donation goes toward the program for EmpowHer girls! Donations of all amounts are welcome.


End of School Celebration with LA Sparks WNBA Game

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Celebrate/ Help Fundraise with EmpowHer Institute and the LA Sparks

EmpowHer Institute & LA Sparks are inviting you to the End of School Celebration with the EmpowHer Girls from Thurgood Marshall, ICEF Inglewood Middle Academy and Environmental Charter Middle School.

EmpowHer Girls celebrate at L.A. Sparks Game on June 8th! Purchase your ticket here and join in the fun.

Click here to begin purchasing your tickets online

  • One ticket to the Sparks game, June 8th   vs. Tulsa
  • First 10 to purchase tickets will get one (1) post game autograph pass.

To receive the EmpowHer Promotion:

  • Click here to begin purchasing your tickets online
  • Select game date
  • Enter promo code: greatness
  • Then enter your Ticketmaster user name and password (if you already have an account have an account established). If not, create an account easily where indicated on the far right asking for your account information
  • Now you’re ready to check out
  • Print your tickets from home with no Ticketmaster fees

Girls to Greatness Gala was AWESOME!

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Girls to Greatness Gala was AWESOME! Our inaugural fundraiser, Girls to Greatness Gala Reception and Awards far exceeded our expectations. Our guests were warmly greeted by our student ambassadors and our mentors as teams. It was a beautiful evening with “Girl Power” everywhere. There was the Valet of the Dolls when you came in to park your car, there was music by the Keschia Potter Quartet that had people glued to their seats and during the evening our Emcees, Dawnn Lewis and Phil LaMarr kept the program entertaining and informative. When everyone left for the evening, they had a little something sweet with fried donuts from Fry Girl. Here are some pictures from the evening.