Breaking Cycles
Of Poverty

Empowering girls to boldly break ceilings by
exposing them to various college and career options

 

Turning Adversity
Into Opportunity

Giving girls the tools to navigate obstacles,
learn from mistakes, and thrive in the face of adversity

 

Embracing the Power
of Her Voice

Creating a safe, gender responsive space where girls are
encouraged to boldly express themselves without judgment

 

Fostering the Whole Child

Providing trauma-informed, culturally inclusive,
social emotional learning for school-aged girls

Our vision that guides us

Our vision. 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 decision about her body and future; break generational cycles of poverty; contribute to the creation of an equitable society.

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Our Mission

EmpowHer Institute’s mission is to empower girls and young women in marginalized communities by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to become confident, college and career ready.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Building Confidence
  • Mentoring
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Leadership and Public Speaking Opportunities
Skills Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Conflict Resolution
Social Justice
  • Gender Equity and Racial Justice Advocacy
  • Women’s Health Education and Bridging the Wealth Gap Courses
  • Social Entreprenuership Projects
College & Career Readiness
  • College Campus Visits
  • College Preparation Workshops
  • College Tour Scholarships
  • Exposure to Careers in Diverse Industries
  • Paid Internships
Embracing The Power of Her Voice. Turning Adversity Into Opportunity. Breaking Cycles of Poverty. Fostering the Whole Child.
Confidence

80% report that they are more confident as a result of the EmpowHer program

Grades

92% maintained or improved their grades

Persistence

93% will try again if they do not succeed the first time

Graduation

100% of our high school girls graduate

Dawn L. Brown

Dawn L. Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Joslyn Osborn

Joslyn Osborn

Board Chair

Ribka Fox

Ribka Fox

Vice President

Rosa Carrillo

Rosa Carrillo

Secretary

Cecilia Owens

Cecilia Owens

Treasurer

Claudia Alleyne, M.D.

Claudia Alleyne, M.D.

Treasurer

Velonne Atkins

Velonne Atkins

Director

Tony Baylis

Tony Baylis

Director

Lori Heffelfinger

Lori Heffelfinger

Director

Lisa Liberatore

Lisa Liberatore

Director

Diedra Porché

Diedra Porché

Director

La Shawn Stanford

La Shawn Stanford

Director

Ruth M. Simeon

Ruth M. Simeon

Emeritus Director

EmpowHer Institute is guided by a talented and dedicated group of leaders in business, finance, consulting and the practice of medicine.

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We Are Empow(H)ered

We Are Empow(H)ered

Our vision that guides us

We’re focused on the eradication of the dropout epidemic among Los Angeles high school students, especially low-income, minority girls in our city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Only 40 percent of inner-city girls graduates on time. We aim to change that to zero percent.

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Our Mission

EmpowHer Institute’s mission is to empower girls and young women in marginalized communities by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to become confident, career or college ready.

We cannot do it alone! Your support is welcome and appreciated.

Building Confidence

  • Motivational Speakers
  • Self-Esteem Building Curriculum
  • Leadership and Public Speaking Opportunities

Building Character

  • Teaching Personal Accountability
  • Teaching Respect for Self and Others
  • Valuing Integrity

Capabilities

  • Communication Skills Development
  • Critical Thinking Skills Development
  • Conflict Resolution Skills Development

College & Career Readiness

  • College Campus Visits
  • College Preparation Workshops
  • College Tour Scholarships
  • Exposure to Careers in Diverse Industries
  • Paid Internships

Our Impact

Real impact. From real girls.

EmpowHer’s reach goes above and beyond, touching the lives of Los Angeles’ underserved female population.

Confidence

75% report that they are more confident as a result of the EmpowHer program

Grades

92% maintained or improved their grades

Persistence

93% will try again if they do not succeed the first time

Abstinence

99% are abstinent

Our Leadership

EmpowHer Institute is guided by a talented and dedicated group of leaders in business, finance, consulting and the practice of medicine.

Betty LaMarr

Betty LaMarr

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Ruth M. Simeon

Ruth M. Simeon

Board Chair

Velonne Atkins

Velonne Atkins

Vice President

Joslyn Osborn

Joslyn Osborn

Secretary

Claudia Alleyne, M.D.

Claudia Alleyne, M.D.

Treasurer

Mary Sadeghi, M.D.

Mary Sadeghi, M.D.

Director

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Our Pledge

An empowered girl owns her voice. She knows she matters. She speaks up when something is wrong and fights for what’s right. An empowered girl stands in the face of adversity and weathers the storm. She knows that she can do and be anything she sets her mind to.

Learn about their stories

View our EmpowHer Girls Academy Program

View our EmpowHer Leaders Academy Program

View our EmpowHer STEM Program

Our Partners