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Betty LaMarr

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.

EmpowHer Hosts International Delegation

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This past Tuesday, EmpowHer Institute was asked by U.S. State Department  to host an international delegation from the Near East North Africa region conducting research on programs “Countering Extremist Messaging and Protecting Youth.” Hosted at the Lennox Library, EmpowHer was joined by local political leaders in education, Honorable Carliss Richardson McGhee of Inglewood School Board, Ms. Shannon Thomas Allen of Lennox School Board and community activist, James Nash. Members of the international delegation were from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. There were 20 participants, including visitors and liaisons.

The group discussed a variety of important topics such as advocacy for girls, international programs, systemic injustice, and taking action. We loved sharing with them the work that EmpowHer has done and it was an honor to hear from the delegates as well. Thank you to the delegates for allowing EmpowHer to host the event!

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.