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EmpowHer Institute supports more than 1,000 BIPOC girls, ages 11 to 18, each year from marginalized communities. Our programs deliver a trauma-informed, culturally inclusive, social emotional learning curriculum in a safe, gender-responsive space. We empower our girls to boldly break ceilings by encouraging them to unapologetically express themselves while exposing them to college and career opportunities.

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The EmpowHer Girls Academy is a school-based program for 7th and 8th grade girls. Classes take place during the school day at partnering schools throughout LA County. Taught by experienced EmpowHer staff, the class uses a social and emotional learning centric curriculum that is designed to provide mentoring, build confidence, skills, social justice awareness, college and career exposure, and prepare our girls for high school.

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The EmpowHer Leaders Academy is a high school based program for girls in 9th-12th grades. Through weekly sessions, we offer mentorship, college and career readiness, as well as workshops that help build leadership skills, promote healthy relationships, self-care, social entrepreneurship, social justice advocacy and community organizing skills.

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The Girls to Greatness Teen Summit exposes 300+ EmpowHer mentees, ages 11-18, to a day of empowerment, mentoring, and career exploration in fields underrepresented by women of color. The day includes interactive workshops with renowned women in business, student project presentations, a keynote, and the Rising Star Awards Ceremony, honoring young women under the age of 25 who have achieved greatness and serve as role models for our girls. The event is free of charge and attendance is by invitation only.

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Through our E-STEAM initiative, we expose girls to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math activities early and often to increase the likelihood they’ll see it as a viable area of study and/or career exploration. For this endeavor we collaborate with dozens of organizations, including Lawrence Livermore National Labs, National Museum of History, SpaceX, Southern California Edison, National Center for Women in Information & Technology, and UCLA’s Advancing Women in Science and Engineering. While E-STEAM is waived through all of our programs, our Social Justice STEAM Summer Camp offers a 3-week intensive for girls interested in utilizing STEAM to address social issues impacting marginalized communities.

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To keep the fun and learning going during out-of-school months, our E-Summer programs support girls ages 12-15 in exploring the intersection of racial and environmental justice and STEAM. Girls participate in a specialized 3-week marine biology program examining the impact of water on marine life and marginalized communities. Girls go on overnight field trips, participate in water testing, and identify and make policy recommendations.

E-Summer continues with our 16-18 year old girls who explore career opportunities in STEAM through paid internships with our corporate partners. These opportunities not only help girls explore what’s possible, but it also gives them career and educational experiences that have the potential to impact the trajectory of their futures.

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