About Us

Ready to Empower (RTE) began in 2013 when our founder, Amanda Ready, met a community of at-risk women in Costa Rica and saw a need to provide better mental health and job training resources for the women in the community.

Amanda has experience working in social services & the mental health field. She spent three months in Costa Rica forming relationships, surveying needs, building programs, & cultivating leaders to carry out her vision of empowerment.

Her goal was to support at-risk women by focusing on equipping local Costa Rican leadership with the tools to help at-risk women in their communities.

During this time, Amanda raised temporary funds to kickstart her plan of action. Her plan included offering Costa Rican leaders financial support, program guidance, organizational training, and mentoring to help support at-risk women needing support to restore hope & self-reliance.

After returning to the US, Amanda created Ready to Empower (RTE), a US-based non-profit, and Árbol De Esperanza (ADE), a CR-based organization to work in partnership with RTE and be solely run by Costa Ricans. ADE stands as RTE’s first pilot partnership.

Since then, RTE has perfected the Empowerment Program which provides the tools to equip women with mental health wellness, job training and education needed to reach their goals and empower themselves.

RTE Mission

Partner with women-focused organizations by providing resources and guidance through our holistic social service program, the Empowerment Program. Our goal is to elevate women and their communities through mental health, job readiness, education, case management and leadership support.

RTE Vision

To See a World Where All Women Can Be Empowered.

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