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2nd Annual Girls to Greatness Teen Summit

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On April 25, 2019, Betty LaMarr, Founder and President of EmpowHer Institute hosted the 2nd Annual Girls to Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered To Lead, Presented by JP Morgan Chase.  Over 40 women gave of their time to inspire and empower young girls for the day.

“EmpowHer is a collective of ‘sisterhood’ and a passion to “pay it forward”. It takes us all to help build a future for our girls and women everywhere.  We know all too well that our girls “Can’t be what they can’t see”! The EmpowHer experience is about exposure, encouragement and experiences” says LaMarr.

The goal of this Summit was to motivate over 350 EmpowHer Academy middle-school girls by exposing them to many different career opportunities in various industries.  The Summit included a day of interactive workshops with renowned business professionals, student presentations scored by selected notable judges along with the 6th Annual PATHMAKER Awards Luncheon & Ceremony and guided tour of Los Angeles Southwest College campus life.

 

Girls to Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered to Lead

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2019 marks EmpowHer Institute’s 2nd Annual Girls To Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered To Lead, which serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser for the year! Thank you in advance for your support of our efforts.

As one of Southern California’s premier and eagerly anticipated annual fundraising events, our inspiring mentoring event will invite the supporters to get involved with EmpowHer financially and personally. By creating a unique experience, we can inspire donors / sponsors to lend their support to EmpowHer year-round. When women collaborate, exceptional things happen.

There are girls in the EmpowHer community who need role models, information, and inspiration, and this event represents an opportunity to bridge that gap. As we encourage event attendance, we’ll raise awareness of the organization and its work throughout LA.

The goal of this Summit is to motivate over 300 EmpowHer Academy middle-school girls by exposing them to the many different career opportunities in various industries. The Summit will include a day of interactive workshops with renowned business professionals, Student Projects (The top three Student Projects will be scored by selected notable judges in the room), Awards Ceremony and guided tour of Los Angeles Southwest College campus life.

The EmpowHer Institute Event is scheduled for:
Girls to Greatness Teen Summit: Empowered To Lead
Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Foundation Center
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Presenting Sponsor

EmpowHer Students at Summer STEM Camp

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Lucas Scholars STEM Camp: For the second consecutive year, EmpowHer girls have the opportunity to participate in the Lucas Scholars STEM Camp. Ten EmpowHer girls along with other students across Los Angeles, will enjoy a week of hands-on STEM activities. They will learn robotics, coding, engineering and utilize the latest technology, including 3D printing machines, laser cutting machines and robots. The week culminates with an exhibit of projects, ceremony and BBQ on July 27th.

Inaugural Mentor to Inspire Summit

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EmpowHer Institute brought together all of the participants in its EmpowHer Academy from four schools in the Los Angeles areas of Inglewood, Gardena, Watts, Pico-Union to the Skirball Cultural Center for a full day of mentoring, speakers, hands on STEM experiences and panel discussions. There were nearly 300 students and 50 professional women from different careers and disciplines. The women were recruited from organizations that provide funding for the programs in the schools.

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).