We spent a lovely afternoon with some of our donors and supporters at KUSTAA in Culver City, just to say “Thank You”! Our organization can only serve the teen girls in our program with the help of supporters like these. We had some of our students who have gone on to college after starting in the program in 7th grade. We are proud of what we have achieved working together to build a stronger community by strengthening the teen girls in marginalized communities to allow their brilliance to shine bright. Thank you to all of our family of supporters.
In case you missed the 2019 Girls to Greatness Teen Summit, here are some highlights. There were amazing speakers, workshops and lots of experiences for over 300 of our students from 4 different school sites.
Our CEO was featured as one of the “Wonder Women” in the blog of @girltalkhq.com.
Our Kick-Off Event for the start of the school year was an opportunity for parents to hear more about EmpowHer and the vision behind our Girls Academy program. The girls wrote down one characteristic that they love about themselves and shared it with the class. They also got to say one thing they liked about someone else in the class, which excited the girls! Each girl got to share one characteristic she loves about herself with her parents and the class. This was followed by Keyonna, our Program Director and Jessica, our Program Coordinator presenting the benefits of the EmpowHer program. They went over what the girls will get to be a part of through EmpowHer and the important role that our parents play in the program. The school year is off to a great start!
We also got to launch our Giving Tuesday campaign at the Kick Off! Starting this Tuesday, we’re going to be highlighting an EmpowHer girl or teacher every Tuesday. You’ll get to hear more about their stories, passions, and what they love about EmpowHer! Look out for our hashtags #EmpowHeredtoGive, #GiveTodayChangeTheirTomorrow, and #GivingTuesday for our Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook and Instagram!
For the second year our CEO, Betty LaMarr has joined MSMU as a speaker in the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference. She was joined by a group of powerful women who were empowering as panelists at Mount Saint Mary’s University Women’s Leadership Conference. Asha Dahya, Megan Sette, Keisha Nix, Luz Rivas, Betty LaMarr. They brought the topic alive: The Power of We: Fueling Conscious Communities. We believe that it is important for everyone to become part of the community and show concern for your fellow citizens. Whether you volunteer, advocate for change, ensure that there is justice and equity for all or donate, there is something for everyone, was the message.
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!
It has been a very busy month for EmpowHer Girls Academy students. Our program is focused on allowing our girls to see what is possible. To open their eyes there is nothing like hands on experience. This month, more than sixty 8th grade girls learned about financial literacy and ninety 7th grade girls participated in STEM Day at UCLA with Association of Women in Science and Engineering (AWISE). STEM Experience
We know that in planning for the future, girls need to understand how to manage money. Our partnership with Kinecta Federal Credit Union creates a day of financial literacy called Bite of Reality.
Fun, Safe, and Interactive
Bite of Reality is a two-and-a-half-hour, hands-on simulation that appeals to teens while giving them a taste of real-world financial realities. Teens are given a fictional occupation, salary, spouse and family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The teens and young adults then walk around to various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. Fortunately, the game also includes a “credit union” to help with their financial needs.
This interactive activity teach teens how to make financial decisions and give them a better understanding of the challenges of living on a budget. Teens deal with a pushy “car salesperson” and a commission-based “realtor,” and weigh their wants versus their needs. There’s even a “Fickle Finger of Fate” that will give some of the students unexpected “expenses” or “windfalls”—just like in real life.
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.
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.