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Breaking Cycles
Of Poverty

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

 

Educating Through a
Social Justice Framework

Examining the intersections of race, gender, and identity
and developing tools to eradicate systemic barriers

 

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.

    View our girls programs

    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.

    We cannot do it alone. Volunteer Today!

    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

    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.
    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

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    We Are Empow(H)ered

    We Are Empow(H)ered

    Our vision that guides us

    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.

    View our girls programs

    Our Missions

    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.

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    Betty LaMarr

    Founder/Chief Executive Officer

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    Ruth M. Simeon

    Board Chair

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    Velonne Atkins

    Vice President

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    Joslyn Osborn

    Secretary

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    Claudia Alleyne, M.D.

    Treasurer

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    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

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