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!

The State of Women Inaugural Summit in Los Angeles

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The Inaugural State of Women Summit was held in Los Angeles on International Women’s Day, March 8th. EmpowHer Institute was invited to participate as a partner organization by the founder, Anu Bhardwaj. Many women of EmpowHer participated in this awe inspired day. The premise of this conference according to  Anu Bhardwaj, is rooted in our economic power.  In 2020, it is estimated that women will control $20 Trillion dollars of investable capital which is equivalent to twice the GDP of  India and China combined. Our world is approaching an unprecedented era in which women are more connected on social media than men, and in an opportune position to reshape the world with innovations that could lead to a more peaceful and prosperous world. Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL aims to be the epicenter of this incredible new world by connecting capital with the next generation of women, men, boys, and girls committed to improving global economic security of women and girls worldwide.

The conference brought together investors and women with passion and purpose. The speakers and panelists had some inspiring stories to share and called on us all to use our Voice, Power and Money.  To those of us joining the global narrative, we must never underestimate the power of our voice and what this means to those who are condemned to a life of silence through a divide that is beyond digital. Much work was done before us and much work lies ahead of us.

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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Support EmpowHer On Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday Screenshot-2014-06-03-09.25.49 We know that so many of you contribute to other charities,so we would like to ask you to do something different this year and donate to EmpowHer Institute. The work we do is changing the future for the 200 teen girls we work with annually. Consider making a donation to create an experience these girls have never had before, seeing a live stage production of Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. Donate $20 for a seat and lunch after the show.
Please donate to this worthy cause and help make a difference!

Humanitarian Award for Betty LaMarr, CEO of EmpowHer Institute

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Our CEO, Betty LaMarr, received the Humanitarian Award for the work we do at EmpowHer Institute. This honor was awarded by FRIENDS OF FULLER (FOF) a charitable organization dedicated to honoring the life and legacy of Fuller B. Gordy, by recognizing outstanding, yet unsung individuals and organizations striving to make the world a better place. They assist those who educate and inspire youth and work to maintain the support systems that uplift the disadvantaged.

The event was held at Universal Studios at Jillian’s Bowling Alley in honor of Fuller B. Gordy being the first Black professional bowler. It was a fun evening with lots of Motown music, stars and memories.

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Iris Gordy (Co-Founder), Rickeyna (student), B. LaMarr (C), Karla Gordy Bristol (Co-Founder)



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Betty LaMarr, Marilyn Priestley, Claudia Alleyne, Lisa Nicole Bell


Students Study STEAM and Learn to Surf

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Partnering with Digital Media Academy eight EmpowHer Girls were given scholarships to attend a week long class at UC San Diego that allowed them to study science, technology, engineering, arts and math while also learning to surf for the first time. They were able to work with a film crew while they played in the water and then go back to class to edit the film. The week long camp also gave them the opportunity to meet UCSD female Engineering students like Jackie Tran who is majoring in Chemical Engineering. She shared some encouraging words with the girls during a round table discussion. Take a look at the video to see how much fun they had.

STEAM in the Summer Time

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Some of our EmpowHer Girls are having ‘hot fun’ in the summer time studying STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) on the campuses of UCLA and UC San Diego. We are pleased to see such excitement about learning in environments that give them a view to the future of going to college and learning skills of the 21st century. Here are some of their impressions from their experience:

Grecia Velasco:“The most critical experiences that I recieved from digital media academy are:     1. Learning how to create a 3D character, building/constructing the body and later designing it.     2. Being taught on how to use the 3D animation app: MAYA     3. And finally, allowing me to create my own imagination in MAYA! It’s fun!”

Monica Muniz: “In digital media I will always remember how to animate characters. It might seem easy at first, however it’s very dificult. You need to memorize the procedures and rules. If you do not, you’ll have to start all over. At this campus, I learned many things. I will always remember them because I might get to use it later iin life. I can’t wait until next year to win this scholarship to learn many new things. This first day I felt comfortable here. I made many new friends. I feel very welcome here. I hope I can come here next year!”


EmpowHer Institute Host The Seven Summits Women’s Team from Nepal

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EmpowHer was asked by The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA), a non-profit organization that implements the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program of professional and cultural exchanges, to host The Seven Summits Women’s Team from Nepal. Additionally, U.S. Bank, a sponsor of EmpowHer, is co-hosting and inviting some of their employees to meet the group from Nepal. The event will take place on July 21, at 2:00 PM. U.S. Bank is hosting the event at it’s downtown Los Angeles offices.

The team is a group of very inspirational women from Nepal who founded The Seven Summits Women Team; they are the first all-female climbing team setting out to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Currently, the group, composed entirely of women from Nepal, is in the US, having just climbed its 6th peak–Mt. McKinley/ Denali in Alaska. Since 2008, they have visited over 200 schools in Nepal, Australia, Russia, Tanzania, Argentina, and the United States and engaged hundreds of local women in outdoor activities in order to inspire them to participate in activities traditionally considered off limits to women. The team also promotes environmental conservation with the local communities they visit.

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Seven Summit Women-John Kerry