Youth Development

EMPOWHER INSTITUTE INC

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.empowher.org

Mission Statement

EmpowHer Institute's mission is to empower marginalized teen girls by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to seek fulfilling and productive lives.

Main Programs

  1. Empowered Girls Academy
  2. E-STEAM Initiative

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Service Areas

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California

EmpowHer Institute a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles is committed to reduce the dropout rate for underprivileged teen girls through life skills, mentors and career training.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Betty LaMarr

Keywords

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underserved, intervention, girls education, life skills, mentors, teen girls

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EIN

45-0508517

 Number

1378022545

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our program focuses on Social and Emotional Learning. These primarily non-cognitive skills develop emotional intelligence, the ability to resolve conflicts, create healthy relationships and build reservoirs of inner strength and self-worth that feeds the capacity for resilience in overcoming challenges. SEL skills are fundamental to leadership development, and to girls living fulfilling, productive lives that contribute to their families and communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Empowered Girls Academy

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$91,000.00

Program 2

E-STEAM Initiative

Not available

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$79,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our mission is to empower marginalized girls by helping them gain the skills necessary through education, training and mentorship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. Our vision is to guide girls to a future that prepares them for tomorrow's careers. Our educational model combines “character, confidence and career".
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Set near and long-term goals – willingness and ability to project oneself into a positive future
    Acquire leadership skills and demonstrate these in a variety of situations
    Link their school experience with the wider world including possible career paths
    Exposure to professions in STEM arena, as well as art and culture outside of students' daily experience
    Acquire basic competency in financial literacy to promote and build skills in financial planning and sustainability


  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    EmpowHer Girls Academy (EGA) runs from 24 to 38-weeks during the school year and serves an average of 200-250 girls, ages 11 to 15, who attend middle school. The program is organized around (1) intervention, (2) prevention (3) enrichment, (4) experiential learning and (5) mentorship. Classes are elective, fully integrated within the school schedule, adopted by the partner school which dedicates one of its teachers for the Academy, but who is trained and supported by EmpowHer Institute staff. EGA classes meet once weekly at the following schools: KIPP-Scholar Academy in South Central LA and Environmental Charter Middle Schools in Gardena and Inglewood. Field trips (usually 3 during the year) take place during regularly scheduled school hours. We also provide summer learning opportunities in STEAM subjects and after-school STEM programs, as well as recruit and train up to 75 professional women who mentor our students individually and in small groups.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    EmpowHer Institute targets 0% dropout rate for those in the EmpowHer Girls Academy, 100% on-time promotion from middle to high school and, measured from baseline, at least 65% or more of our girls shall demonstrate 2-3 indicators in each of the following areas: Self-confidence, communication skills, goal-setting and organizational skills, decision-making in areas of well-being and self-care, awareness of career options, and improved attendance, classroom engagement and improved academic performance relative to prior performance. We conduct a pre- and post-survey to our students and teachers, and additionally use school data to assess grade improvements and behavioral incidents. We also require of our girls extensive self-assessments, as well as projects completed with their mentors. These projects offer skills development in problem solving, leadership, public speaking and team work. To evaluate longer-term, we share/analyze student impact, curriculum modifications and process questions with a range of stakeholders, so as to continually improve content, methodology and outcomes to arrive at best practices.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Founded in 2003, EmpowHer Institute (EHI) has provided educational intervention and enrichment programs to over 3,500 Hispanic and African-American girls in underserved neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. Early on, our focus was on entrepreneurial values. Since 2009, our in-school, in-class program, EmpowHer Girls Academy, focuses on fostering more effective learners by providing social and emotional learning skills (SEL) to girls in middle school, ages 11 and 14, as they navigate their social and sexual development. We target and have achieved a 0% dropout rate; have seen, in the prior school year, a 40% improvement in both knowledge and self-esteem and 30% drop in behavioral incidents. Currently, we partner with KIPP-Scholar Academy in South Central LA and Environmental Charter Middle Schools in Gardena and Inglewood
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

EmpowHer Institute a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles is committed to reduce the dropout rate for underprivileged teen girls through life skills, mentors and career training.

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Funding Needs

Our primary funding needs are based on delivering programs to 300 students annually with appropriate support of teachers and staff to manage and measure the impact of our programs.

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Operations

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EMPOWHER INSTITUTE INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Betty LaMarr

BIO

Managed budgets and people for more than 25 years in commercial companies.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Since its inception in 2003, EmpowHer has had a positive impact on nearly 2,000 students in the Los Angeles area. In 2006 EmpowHer narrowed its focus to the 4 in 10 minority female students at risk of not graduating with a regular high school diploma in the standard, four–year time period. These girls are underprivileged, mostly from single parent homes, attend schools with a dropout rate of 50% or more and live in areas where teen pregnancy and violence are the norm. Our programs offer entrepreneur–skills development and education as tools to open up the potential for girls and young women to recognize their self–worth, take control of their own futures, and contribute to the basic financial and social needs of their families and communities.
Every 26 seconds a teen drops out of school or fails to graduate on time–more than half from minority groups. But we at EmpowHer believe that when girls and young women are empowered, families and communities are empowered.
"If these young ladies can understand early that their circumstances don't determine their destiny, they will be on a path they can be proud of."   ~Betty LaMarr, founder and Executive Director, EmpowHer Institute"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ruth Simeon

Improvement Technologies

Term: June 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity