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Since 2003, EmpowHer Institute has been the only gender-responsive organization in Los Angeles County that provides a social-emotional learning class in Title 1 schools that is fully integrated in the school day. We deliver our work through a social justice framework, aimed at examining the intersection between race and gender and equipping girls with the necessary skills and access to resources that will disrupt the systems that impede Black and Brown girls from reaching their fullest potential.

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The mission of EmpowHer Institute is to empower girls and young women in marginalized communities by giving them the skills necessary through education, training, and mentorship to become confident, college, and career-ready.

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We envision a world where every girl is provided the opportunities and resources she uniquely needs to: embrace the power of her voice; make informed decisions about her body and future; break generational cycles of poverty; contribute to the creation of an equitable society.


EmpowHer is dedicated to serving girls, ages 11-18 years old, in underserved communities. We partner with Title I middle and high schools to deliver our programs to girls who need it the most. Since 2013, we’ve had tremendous success, including:

  • 100% of our middle school participants matriculate into high school
  • 100% of our high school girls graduate AND attend college
  • 100% of our girls report learning a new skill while in our program
  • 90% of our schools report a decline in school disciplinary actions among enrolled girls
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The work and purpose of EmpowHer Institute are guided by these values:

  • We create a safe, inclusive space where we are encouraged to courageously and unapologetically bring our full authentic selves to our work.
  • We honor everyone’s culture and lived experiences.
  • We create opportunities and spaces where the voices of girls and women of color are elevated and amplified.
  • We advocate for gender equity and racial justice.
  • We believe in the art of the possible. There are no limits to what can be achieved.
  • We believe in the power of community in order to make a collective impact on the world.
  • We hold each other accountable in the pursuit of upholding our values in the most ideal way.
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    Our Funding Partners

  • Elevate Youth California
  • The Center at Sierra Health Foundation
  • Ready to Rise
  • Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Los Angeles County
  • California Community Foundation
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • The SAM Initiative
  • California Coastal Commission
  • NBC Universal
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Grantmakers for Girls of Color
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Edison International
  • National Football League
  • Los Angeles County Auditors
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Lulus
  • Ruth and Sonny Signer Foundations
  • JGM
  • Google
  • Capital Group
  • Bank of the West
  • Proven Recruiting
  • The Boeing Company
  • Sony Music
  • Pacific Premier Bank
  • US Bank
  • Tyler Perry Foundation
  • California Endowment
  • Frontier Communications
  • United Pacific
  • Verizon Communications
  • Word Wide Technologies
  • Google Cloud
  • Arnold Hackett
  • Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade
  • InaMarie and David Johnson Family Foundation
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • CA Black Women’s Collective
  • Sierra Health Foundation
  • NYX
  • BMO
  • NYX Cosmetics
  • L’ANZA
  • Grandview
  • City National Bank
  • Banfield Pet Hospital
  • Frida C. Fox Family Foundation
  • Los Angeles Football Club
  • Water Buffalo Club
  • McCloskey Consulting
  • Amazon
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Microsoft
  • Sup. Holly Mitchell
  • Spread the Vote
  • The NATHS Education Foundation
  • Glaudi by Johana Hernandez
  • West Basin Municipal Water District