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EmpowHer Institute, Inc

Los Angeles, CA | http://www.empowher.org
Joined in April 2013

About Us

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

Organization History

In 2003 EmpowHer Institute was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by a small group of women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of disadvantaged girls and women. Initially, EmpowHer Institute partnered with NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurs) to use its curriculum and develop a customized signature program called E-BEST (EmpowHer-Building Entrepreneurial Skills for Tomorrow). The E-BEST program delivered workshops focused on building high school girls’ entrepreneurial skills as a way of engaging learning and preventing dropout. In implementing the E-BEST program we recognized that girls' experiences and situations outside the classroom -- pregnancy, low self-esteem, depression, family violence, sexual assault and other trauma --profoundly affect their readiness to learn and achieve academically. We also recognized that, in order to be more effective at changing the trajectory for at-risk teen girls, it was imperative that we intervene earlier than high school.


In 2012, EmpowHer Institute turned its attention to serving middle school girls as young as 11 years old. We began partnering with Title I schools to deliver our EmpowHer Girls Academy program. The program was developed to utilize social and emotional learning as a means of giving girls the skills they need to overcome the negative experiences and situations outside the classroom – low self-esteem, depression, family violence, sexual assault and other trauma – that affect their ability to engage in school and perform academically. In 2016, we established the EmpowHer Leaders Academy program, a program developed to provide continued support for EmpowHer Girls Academy alumnae as they transition from middle school and navigate through high school. Since 2003, EmpowHer Institute has positively impacted the lives of nearly 3,500 Hispanic and African-American girls.


Program Summary

EmpowHer Girls Academy is fully integrated into the school day as a gender-specific enrichment class serving over 350 girls at our partner school sites – Watts Learning Middle School, Environmental Charter Middle School – Gardena, Environmental Charter Middle School – Inglewood, UCLA Community School. The class is comprised of three primary components: (1) social and emotional learning (SEL) centric curriculum, (2) mentorship from highly accomplished professional women, and (3) field excursions and immersive learning programs (Summer). The class aims to empower teen girls by giving them the tools they need to cope with challenges, overcome trauma, stay engaged in school and reach their full potential.

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

Organization…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Science & Technology
  • Urban Areas
  • Volunteering

Location

  • 6820 La Tijera Boulevard
    Suite 108
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

Photos for EmpowHer Institute, Inc

  • Teen Girls

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